In addition to our regular submissions we are currently taking submissions for our annual

PESEROFF POETRY PRIZE COMPETITION 

PRIZE: $1000

FEE: $10

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 Poems should be previously unpublished.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. 

2018 FINALIST JUDGE: Lillian-Yvonne Bertramis the author of the poetry collections Personal Science (Tupelo Press, 2017); a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press 2016); and But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Bertram’s other publications include the chapbook cutthroat glamours (Phantom Books, 2012), winner of the Phantom Books chapbook award; the artist book Grand Dessein (commissioned by Container Press), a mixed media artifact that meditates on the work and writing of the artist Paul Klee and was recently acquired by the Special Collections library at St. Lawrence University; and Tierra Fisurada, a Spanish poetry chapbook published in Argentina (Editoriales del Duende, 2002). She collaborated with the artist Laylah Ali for the exhibition booklet of her 2017 art show The Acephalous Series. See more of her work at https://www.lillianyvonnebertram.com/  

Submissions: Open YEAR ROUND, submit by JULY 15th to be entered into the 2018 contest!

Finalists Announced: MID-AUGUST


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Breakwater Review only accepts previously unpublished work and is glad to review simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your writing is accepted elsewhere.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  Please follow the instructions below to enter your submission or your manuscript will be automatically withdrawn: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. 

2018 FINALIST JUDGE: Lillian-Yvonne Bertramis the author of the poetry collections Personal Science (Tupelo Press, 2017); a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press 2016); and But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Bertram’s other publications include the chapbook cutthroat glamours (Phantom Books, 2012), winner of the Phantom Books chapbook award; the artist book Grand Dessein (commissioned by Container Press), a mixed media artifact that meditates on the work and writing of the artist Paul Klee and was recently acquired by the Special Collections library at St. Lawrence University; and Tierra Fisurada, a Spanish poetry chapbook published in Argentina (Editoriales del Duende, 2002). She collaborated with the artist Laylah Ali for the exhibition booklet of her 2017 art show The Acephalous Series. See more of her work at https://www.lillianyvonnebertram.com/

Submissions: Open YEAR ROUND, submit by JULY 15th to be entered into the 2018 contest!

Finalists Announced: MID-AUGUST 

Open for "tip jar" submissions 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. Submission cut-off dates are as follows:

  • May 1 for the Summer issue
  • October 1 for the Fall issue
  • January 1 for the Spring issue

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:

  • Please use either .doc or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted.
  • Submit up to 3 poems per reading period. Include all poems in a single document. 
  •  Please do not exceed the submission limits.

Open for "tip jar" submissions 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. Submission cut-off dates are as follows:

  • May 1 for the Summer Issue
  • October 1 for the Fall Issue
  • January 1 for the Spring Issue

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:

  • Please use either .doc or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted. 
  • Upload each piece as a separate submission.
  • Submit up to 5,000 words of fiction per reading period. Please do not exceed the submission limits.

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 breakwaterreview@gmail.com.


The Breakwater Fiction Contest

prize: $1000 and publication in our Winter issue

fee: $10

We are seeking submissions for pieces that breathe freshness to the form. We are interested in previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 - 5,000 words, each with a $10 entry fee. All finalists will be considered for publication. 

​Submit stories of up to 5,000 words

  • $10 submission fee per story
  • The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the winter issue of Breakwater Review
  • All finalists will be considered for publication

2018 FINALIST JUDGE: Jane Unrue is hailed by Publishers Weekly as a writer of “muted intensity and subtly disarming power,” Unrue is the author of the short novels Life of a Star (2010) and The House (2000), both published by Burning Deck Press; the short fiction collection Atlassed (2005), published by Triple Press; and the short novel Dear Mr. Erker, published in the final issue (No. 11) of 3rd Bed.

Submissions: Open YEAR ROUND, submit by December 15th th to be entered into the 2019 contest!

Finalists Announced: MID-JANUARY