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 Creation 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  • BreakBread only accepts original, unpublished work by creatives under the age of 25. 
  • 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  • You may publish under a pen name, but we do not publish anonymous work.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. 
  • 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 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. 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

A crucial part of our mission at BreakBread Literacy Project is bringing publishing opportunities to high-school age students who otherwise would not have access to the world of literary publishing. We want to change the face of publishing by cultivating, training, and mentoring young creatives in editorial practice so that they are well-prepared for college writing programs, jobs, and internships in publishing. Our Literary Apprentice applications are open through January 22, 2020. All people age 14-19 in grades 9-12, or taking a gap year before college, are invited to apply. No experience required and ALL WELCOME. 


Literary Apprentices- Role Description

  • Read and select work for publication in BreakBread Literary Magazine
  • Upvote submissions to Assistant Genre Editor 
  • Attend Genre meetings and participate in consensus-model discussion
  • Attend AllStaff Meetings
  • Compose personalized rejection letters that provide feedback on submissions
  • Identify new talent and recruit submissions

Qualifications

  • Bookworm, avid reader
  • Lover of words
  • Open-minded, willingness to learn 
  • Love of all people
  • Interest in amplifying youth voices
  • Commitment to diversity in publishing and BreakBread vision of inclusion 
  • Age 14-19 (participants under age 18 must have parent permission)

Time Commitment

  • Apprenticeships begin in February and end in mid-to-late-May 2021. 
  • Typically, reading submissions and attending meetings will require about 3 hours/ week. 
  • Literary Apprentices attend monthly writing workshops to develop their craft.
  • During bi-annual production, reading and weekly meetings will require 4-5 hours/ week.

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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




Art/Comics/Visual Narratives/Hybrid Forms

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.



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 Magazine 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.  


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!)



The BreakBread Literacy Project: BreakBread Magazine