General Submissions Guidelines:

Free reading period open for submissions Sept 1 - April 30th! 

$3 "tip jar" submissions accepted year-round 


Breakwater Review only accepts previously unpublished work and is glad to review simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your writing is accepted elsewhere. Breakwater is published ONLINE three times per year. 

We are open for submissions all year, although we may be slower to respond in the summer months. Please give submissions at least months before inquiring. 

Please submit your work via our submission manager. Submissions sent via e-mail will not be accepted.

We receive a large number of submissions. Our submission guidelines are set up to facilitate our editorial process.  Please follow the instructions below to enter your submission or your manuscript will be automatically withdrawn:

  • For both poetry and prose, please use either pdf, .doc, or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted. 
  • Submit up to 5,000 words of prose or 3 poems per reading period. Please do not exceed the submission limits.
  • For poems, submit up to 3 poems in a single document with each poem starting on a new page. 
  • NEW! For visual art, you may submit up to 10 images at one time.  

“Whenever something new develops in poetry, many will argue, ‘That’s not poetry.’ Think of the reception of William Carlos Williams . . . spoken word poets, poets who incorporate graphics, poets who write in code so robots can read them. It’s all poetry.” –Joyce Peseroff

Breakwater Review is proud to announce The Peseroff Prize: publication and $1,000 for a single poem. The Peseroff Prize honors Joyce Peseroff’s work as a poet, teacher, editor, innovator, and mentor. She helped found the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, served as its first director, and retired from teaching in 2014.

Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee. There are no restrictions on content or form: “it’s all poetry.” When submitting multiple poems, include each poem on a separate page in the same document. Please keep submissions to no more than 5 pages. Poems should be previously unpublished. The winner and finalists will be published in our September issue. 

2019 FINALIST JUDGE: Lloyd Schwartz is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. A Pulitzer Prize-winning arts critic, he is also a leading authority on the poet Elizabeth Bishop and has edited the Library of America Bishop: Poems, Prose, & Letters.His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Poetry, Paris Review, and many other journals and have been selected for the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Poetry, and The Best of the Best American Poetry. He is the author of four poetry collections, the latest of which is Little Kisses (University of Chicago Press, 2017). He was recently appointed Poet Laureate of the city of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Submissions: Open APRIL 15 - JULY 15th 

Finalists Announced: MID-AUGUST 

Exciting News! 

Breakwater Review is now seeking VISUAL ART:

  • Hand-drawn illustration
  • Painted prints 
  • Photography 
  • Mixed Media
  • Digital Compositions

You may submit between one and ten images per entry. We typically will not accept more than two to three images per artist.

To ensure high-quality viewing, we ask that images be sized so that at least one dimension meets or exceeds 1000px. at 72ppi. Photos should arrive in .jpg or .png format and under 5mb, though we can  other formats as needed, as well as zipped folders for photo essays. If your submission cannot be processed by our online file management system, please email it and your cover letter directly to

 Feel free to submit through this category if you wish to contribute to helping keep Breakwater's wheels spinning.

All submissions are judged under the same criteria. TIP JAR SUBMISSIONS RECEIVE NO PREFERENCE over our free submissions.

Please follow the category specific guidelines for the type of work you are submitting.  
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