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  • BreakBread only accepts original, unpublished work by creatives under the age of 25.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

www.breakbreadproject.org

https://breakbreadproject.submittable.com/submit

Twitter: BreakBreadProj

Instagram: BreakBreadProject

BreakBread Literacy Project
BreakBread Magazine seeks a Nonfiction Editor to join our all-volunteer team of committed teaching artists. Term begins on December 5th, 2022 with training; meetings will start in January, 2023 as we prepare to launch our fifth issue of the Magazine and work on our sixth. Check out our fourth issue, here:
https://www.breakbreadproject.org/breakbread4
Role Description:
Nonfiction Editor

  • Read and select nonfiction submissions for BreakBread
  • Recruit, engage and mentor Literary Apprentices and other intern staff in selecting work for publication and in other aspects of publishing, magazine production and editing
  • Champion and promote underrepresented voices in publishing
  • Attend monthly Editor’s meeting
  • Attend monthly BreakBread AllStaff meeting
  • Developmental editing of submissions to prepare for publication
  • Schedule and run production meetings leading up to publication
  • Corresponding with magazine contributors and upholding deadlines
  • Participate in BreakBread events and literary readings (required) and consider sharing your own work (optional)

Time Commitment:

  • Most of the time, this will require about 3-4 hours/ week.
  • During bi-annual production season expect it to get a lot busier. Plan on 3-4 hours of meeting time, 4-6 hours of editing work, and 2-3 hours administrative work. Typically, about 15 hours a week at peak times leading up to production.
  • We ask that volunteers be willing to take on the position for a six month term, which is renewable upon request.

ABOUT BREAKBREAD LITERACY PROJECT
BreakBread seeks to provide a place where young creatives’ work can take root and grow 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

Please read more about our work with young creatives on our website: www.breakbreadproject.org

BreakBread Literacy Project
BreakBread Magazine seeks an Outreach and Engagement Coordinator to join our all-volunteer team of committed teaching artists. Term begins on December 5th, 2022 with training; meetings will start in January, 2023 as we prepare to launch our fifth issue of the Magazine and work on our sixth. Check out our fourth issue, here:
https://www.breakbreadproject.org/breakbread4
Role Description:


The Outreach & Engagement Coordinator (OEC) will collaborate with BreakBread’s Leadership Team to maintain and build relationships with our existing allies (teachers, youth advocates, community organizers, teaching artists, etc.); identify and engage new allies; and recruit young creatives to participate in BreakBread initiatives. The goal of this position is to expand our work and reach a larger audience while building our community. This position will provide the OEC with experience in outreach and engagement that prepares them for entry-level professional placement in nonprofit administration. On-the-job training is provided. This role is ideal for students and recent graduates. BreakBread is a national organization that collaborates remotely and meetings are typically held via videoconference.

Duties include:

  • Composing letters, emails, and pitches for email, social media, and print to engage allies in recruiting young creatives from diverse backgrounds
  • Working independently to conduct prospect research, use evaluation skills to identify allies and partner organizations.
  • Pitching and developing innovative youth recruitment strategies.
  • Building, managing and maintaining accurate records in our database.
  • Attending meetings: Outreach Team (weekly); PR (monthly), AllStaff (monthly), and Leadership (ad hoc). (1-3 hours/week)

Time Commitment:

  • 4-6 hours week commitment on a seasonal/semester schedule in Fall/Spring/Summer. Dates of service will be negotiated with each applicant, based on volunteer availability.

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 volunteers be willing to take on the position for a six month term, which is renewable upon request. 

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.

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!)

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 two 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!)


The BreakBread Literacy Project: BreakBread Magazine