BreakBread Literacy Project: 

BreakBread Magazine

The BreakBread Literacy Project is a space for young creatives to take root and grow. The Project seeks to empower and honor the voices of all young artists through four initiatives: 

  • BreakBread Magazine: groundbreaking new work in arts and letters from young creatives under the age of 25
  • BreakBread Reading Series: community reading events for young and established voices in literature
  • BreakBread Creative Classroom: a pop-up creative education program that brings creative writing workshops to local schools, libraries, youth centers and community venues.
  • BreakBread Literary Apprentice Program: We offer competitive, high-quality internships in publishing to promising writers who lack access to the traditional literary world. By cultivating the next generation of young editors, we seek to change the face of publishing.  

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. 

Breakbread Submission Guidelines

  • BreakBread only accepts original, unpublished work by creatives under the age of 25. (Unfortunately, if you have turned 25, you are no longer eligible.)
  • If you are new to publishing your work, and need assistance with Submittable, please email us at help@breakbreadproject.org
  • 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 help@breakbreadproject.org for more information.
  • When using the submittable.com submissions program, please be sure to add BreakBread's general email address (help@breakbreadproject.org) to your spam blocker software so that you can receive correspondence from us. 
  • BreakBread retains First North American Serial Rights to published work. Those rights revert to the creative upon publication. 
  • Submissions are open May-August, September-December, and January-April with short closures (a week or less) between each submission period for updates to guidelines. 
  • We appreciate simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere so we can withdraw it from consideration.
  • 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 list: 

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

Still not sure? Email us at help@breakbreadproject.org and we’ll let you know.


GENRE GUIDELINES

VISUAL/ILLUSTRATED ARTWORK AND NARRATIVES

BreakBread accepts art, photography, illustrated narratives, comics, photoessays, and hybrid forms (multimedia, 'new' media, intermedia, etc.). Your entire submission should be no more than four creative pieces. Please upload your work in PDF, JPEG, TIFF, SVG, or PNG format. Your work should be high-resolution, 2500x2500 and a minimum of 600dpi. Title each art submission and the body of work presented. 

For comic submissions, please provide a storyline pitch and up to five pages of sequential art for comics that have a clear beginning, middle, and end. We currently accept:

  • Short-form comics – They may be up to 12 pages from beginning to end, with works over 6 panels only published online. 
  • Long-form comics -- A max of 20 pages of sequential art, from beginning to end, with works over 6 panels only published online. 
  • For submissions over 5 pages/panels, Art Editor Cara Echols will reach out for more if interested.

POETRY

BreakBread invites poets to submit up to four poems; your entire submission should be no more than four pages or about 1500 words. Poems longer than four pages are not generally accepted. 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!)

A NOTE ON CONTRIBUTOR COPIES

BreakBread will send print contributor copies to any U.S. postal address. 

Connect with BreakBread

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BREAKBREAD LITERACY PROJECT opens doors for young creatives by teaching writing as a means of self-expression and self-determination and training youth to envision art as a tool for social justice and systemic change. BreakBread provides a community where young creatives’ work can take root and grow through four initiatives: BreakBread Magazine (groundbreaking work from young creatives), BreakBread Reading Series (community readings for young voices in literature), BreakBread Creative Classroom (free creative writing workshops for young creatives), and BreakBread Literary Apprentices (publishing internships for artists, writers & editors). BreakBread is a national organization that conducts business, meetings, and planning sessions remotely.

This year, we've opened additional staffing opportunities: Reading Series Coordinator & Development Assistant. Please indicate which position you are applying for in your cover letter. Include any alternates in order of preference. 


ROLE DESCRIPTIONS:

Reading Series Coordinator

BreakBread is expanding its Reading Series, and we’re looking for a fun, focused and passionate literary advocate to lead the way! The Reading Series Coordinator (RSC) will work closely to organize BreakBread’s public events: two launch parties per year celebrating BreakBread Magazine’s spring and fall issues; two open mic events per year, and one Literary Apprentice showcase each summer. The RSC will conduct outreach to guest writers, create scripts and event plans, set up Zoom events, and strategize with PR to publicize each event.

The goal of this position is to increase outreach and engagement with our audience of young creatives through workshops that are aimed to help them in their publishing and writing journey. This position will provide experience that prepares the candidate for entry-level professional placement in nonprofit administration. No previous experience is required. BreakBread provides on-the-job training and is an ideal volunteer opportunity for graduate students, and those recently completing undergraduate or graduate study.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement all five BreakBread Reading Series events per year, in collaboration with Leadership and PR/Social Media teams.
  • Keep your hand on the pulse of new work by young creatives; be comfortable reaching out to and engaging young writer to invite them to read at BreakBread events.
  • Compose scripts, invitation emails, event plans, and social media copy.
  • Attend weekly Leadership meetings.
  • Work independently and proactively to ensure events are well-organized and professional grade.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, responsible, a strong writer, skilled in interpersonal communications, organized, enthusiastic about working with diverse populations and perspectives and detail-oriented. We ask that the Reading Series Coordinator commit to volunteering with BreakBread for an initial 6-month period, renewable if amenable to both parties.


Development Assistant

BreakBread Literacy Project is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that operates on a combination of grant funding, individual donors, and charitable foundations to sustain its operations. Development Associates collaborate with the Leadership Team to identify, apply for, and manage charitable giving, grant applications, awards and evaluation reports. The goal of this position is to provide each Development Assistant experience in fundraising and development that prepares them for entry-level professional placement in nonprofit administration. BreakBread is a national organization that conducts business, meetings, and planning sessions remotely.

  • Write grant proposals and develop budgets for grant applications.
  • Work independently to conduct prospect research, use evaluation skills to identify funding sources.
  • Pitch and develop innovative fundraising strategies: crowdfunding, events, raffles and contests that reach our demographic and encourage small-donor giving.
  • Establish and maintain a database of individual donors.
  • Collaboratively design and implement an individual giving campaign for BreakBread Magazine.
  • Collaborate with PR/Marketing to design promotional materials and campaign media.
  • Attend weekly Development Team meetings, monthly combined Development/PR meetings, and monthly AllStaff meeting.
  •  4-6 hours/week
  • 6 month commitment, dates flexible.

No experience necessary for this position, which is ideal for a college student or recent graduate. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, responsible, organized, a strong writer, skilled in interpersonal communications and enthusiastic about working with diverse populations and perspectives. 

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Social Media Team - Role Description 

BreakBread Literacy Project is seeking three Social Media Team members to create content, manage engagement, and recruit young creatives for our key initiatives. If you are energetic, creative, and avid advocate of building online communities, please apply for a spot on our team! 

BreakBread Literacy Project is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides free creative writing workshops, pre-professional publishing apprenticeships, literary readings, and curates BreakBread Magazine. 

Our organization provides access to high-quality literary experiences, instruction, and support to young creatives who lack access to the traditional publishing world. 

The Social Media Team helps fulfill our mission by sharing BreakBread Literacy Project events, ideas, opportunities and vision across social media platforms, engaging young creatives who are interested in arts and letters through dynamic, 21st century storytelling. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Generate and update meaningful literary content on BreakBread social media platforms 2-3 times a week 
  • Connect with other youth-serving literary organizations on social media
  • Build a community of engaged young writers and artists on our platforms 
  • Devise and execute social media/marketing campaigns to drive submissions to BreakBread Magazine, publicize events, and generate donations 
  • Enthusiastically collaborate with other Social Media Team members, the PR/Art Department, and BreakBread Leadership team. 
  • Attend weekly organizational meeting and one Social Media Team meeting. Ideal Candidate 
  • Expert user of multiple social media platforms: Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Collaborative worker, flexible and adaptive to shifting deadlines and needs of a start-up organization. 
  • Excellent communicator who is straightforward, coachable, and able to exchange ideas and feedback in spirit of growth and honesty. 
  • Willing to join a team of deeply committed individual artists/activists who strive to create opportunities for young creatives through art and writing. 
  • Entry-level, eager to learn and adaptive. 

Time Commitment 

  • Typically, this position will require about 4-5 hours/ week. 
  • This role requires attendance at regularly scheduled Zoom meetings. 
  • We ask that interested candidates commit to a 6-month term (renewable if mutually agreeable to both parties). 


BreakBread Magazine: A space for young creative voices to take seed and grow

  • Please review our full submission guidelines before sending in your work.
  • We only publish creatives under the age of 25.
  • Submissions are always free.

VISUAL/ILLUSTRATED ARTWORK AND NARRATIVES

BreakBread accepts art, photography, illustrated narratives, comics, photoessays, and hybrid forms (multimedia, 'new' media, intermedia, etc.). Your entire submission should be no more than four creative pieces. Please upload your work in PDF, JPEG, TIFF, SVG, or PNG format. Your work should be high-resolution, 2500x2500 and a minimum of 600dpi. Title each art submission and the body of work presented.

For comic submissions, please provide a storyline pitch and up to five pages of sequential art for comics that have a clear beginning, middle, and end. We currently consider:

  • Short-form comics – They may be up to 12 pages from beginning to end, with works over 6 panels only published online.
  • Long-form comics -- A max of 20 pages of sequential art, from beginning to end, with works over 6 panels only published online.
  • For submissions over 5 pages/panels, Art Editor Cara Echols will reach out for more if interested.

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!)

BreakBread Magazine: A space for young creative voices to take seed and grow

  • Please review our full submission guidelines before sending in your work.
  • We only publish creatives under the age of 25.
  • Submissions are always free.

NONFICTION  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!)

BreakBread Magazine: A space for young creative voices to take seed and grow

  • Please review our full submission guidelines before sending in your work.
  • We only publish creatives under the age of 25.
  • Submissions are always free.

POETRY BreakBread invites poets to submit up to four poems; your entire submission should be no more than four pages or about 1500 words. Poems longer than four pages are not generally accepted. 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.

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!)

BreakBread Magazine: A space for young creative voices to take seed and grow

  • Please review our full submission guidelines before sending in your work.
  • We only publish creatives under the age of 25.
  • Submissions are always free.

FICTION  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!)
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