BreakBread Literacy Project Call for Submissions


Call For Submission

BreakBread Magazine is a magazine for all young creatives under the age of 25. We are always looking for vivid, timely poetry, nonfiction, short stories and visual arts—fine art, photography, comics, illustrated narratives, and hybrid work that explores new directions in arts and letters.

BreakBread seeks to engage, develop and publish the work of all young artists, including creatives who identify as AfrX-Caribbean, Asian-Pacific Islander, Black, First Peoples/Indigenous, Incarcerated, LatinX, Migrant/Refugee/Diaspora, Roma, LGBTQIA, Appalachian-Affrilachian, and all people living in poverty. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we understand that many people hold identities that are intersectional, multidimensional, and complicated. We invite and embrace all work by young creatives that shares the authentic, lived experiences of oppressed peoples.

  • BreakBread only accepts original, unpublished work by creatives under the age of 25.

  • If you are new to publishing your work, and need assistance with Submittable, please email us at [email protected].

  • BreakBread only accepts submissions through our Submittable page.

  • Pen-and-paper submissions are only accepted from young creatives in detention facilities. Those submissions should be sent to: The BreakBread Literacy Project, #252, 716 North Ventura Road, Oxnard, CA 93030.

  • All young creatives whose work is accepted for publication will be asked to verify their age.

  • You may publish under a pen name, but we do not publish anonymous work.

  • If you are under age 18, we must have permission from your parent/guardian to publish your work.

  • Creatives are limited to one submission per genre, per submission period.

  • BreakBread does not publish erotica or fanfiction.

  • Submissions that are excerpts from longer works must be fully realized in their own right, and must “stand alone” as complete.

  • Creatives must submit their own work and correspond directly with BreakBread staff.  BreakBread does not accept submissions made on behalf of young artists (for example, work submitted by parents, teachers, mentors or guardians). The only exception to this policy is for youth in detention facilities. Please email us at [email protected] for more information.

  • BreakBread retains First North American Serial Rights to published work. Those rights revert to the creative upon publication.

  • Submissions are accepted year-round. Submissions for the February 2021 issue of BreakBread are open from August 1-November 15, 2020.

  • BreakBread does not print previously published material. Work is considered previously published if it has been posted in any digital arena, including social media, online forums (Wattpad, blogs/website, Amazon Kindle). Work is considered previously published if it has been self-published, appeared in a literary magazine or Zine, published in a newspaper or newsletter.

For further submission guidelines, including genre-specific notes, please visit our website.


Submission Period
August 1, 2020 -November 15, 2020


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