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The BreakBread Literacy Project is a space for creative young voices between the ages of 14-25 to take seed and grow. BreakBread seeks to empower and honor the voices of all youth through three initiatives: The BreakBread Magazine, a print magazine; The BreakBread Reading Series, a community reading event for young and established voices in literature; and The BreakBread Creation Classroom, a pop-up creative education program that brings writing workshops to local schools and community venues. BreakBread Magazine: What we do 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.
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These guidelines are also available on our website and our submittable page. We want to preface them by saying that our submissions/selection process includes a few key tenets: -At least three trained editors read every submission to BreakBread. -Because we work with young writers, and we want to help creatives develop craft, we provide constructive, brief feedback on every piece submitted to our reading queue. Encouragement is part of what we do, and at the heart of our work. -We never charge for submissions. Donations are optional. Thanks for considering BreakBread Literacy Project. *** BreakBread Magazine- Submission Guidelines BreakBread only accepts original, unpublished work by creatives under the age of 25.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. If you’re not sure whether your work is OK to submit, please use this handy chart: Forum Can I submit it to BreakBread? Printed in a school newspaper or yearbook Yes Sent in an email. Yes Written and posted on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube or other social media. No Read aloud/performed on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube or other social media. No Performed live on stage, radio, TV, or other public broadcast media. Yes Printed in local, municipal, or community newspaper/newsletter No Published on a blog or website No Self-published print book or e-Book No Not sure? Email us at [email protected] and we’ll let you know. VISUAL/ILLUSTRATED ARTWORK AND NARRATIVES BreakBread accepts art, photography, illustrated narratives, comics, photoessays, and hybrid forms. Please upload your work in PDF, JPG, TIFF or PNG format. Your work should be high-resolution, 2500x2500 and a minimum of 600dpi. POETRY BreakBread invites poets to submit up to four poems; your entire submission should be no more than 4 pages or about 1500 words. Please use a standard 12 point font, leave a 1” margin on all sides, and title your poems. Include your last name and the page number in the upper right hand corner of each page. Title your file: Lastname, Firstname_Poetry. FICTION AND NONFICTION PROSE BreakBread publishes original short fiction and nonfiction (memoir, essays, journalism). Submissions should be no more than 25 pages or 7500 words. Please double-space your work, use a standard 12 point font, leave a 1” margin on all sides, and number your pages. Hybrid works, like photoessays and illustrated texts, should be submitted in our “Visual/Illustrated Artwork and Narratives” genre. Include your last name and the page number in the upper right hand corner of each page. Title your file: Lastname, Firstname_Fiction or Lastname, Firstname_Nonfiction. A NOTE ON COVER LETTERS We’re excited to get to know you and your work and look forward to reading each and every submission we receive. With that in mind, please keep your cover letters brief. The information we would like you to include is: Name, age, location Submission title, genre, wordcount (or number of poems/ number of visual pieces) A list of previous publications (within reason—if your list is lengthy give us the highlights!) Connect with BreakBread www.breakbreadproject.org https://breakbreadproject.submittable.com/submit Twitter: BreakBreadProj Instagram: BreakBreadProject
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