Breathe Free Press is a literary magazine of resistance and awareness dedicated to the essay: narrative; cross-genre; flash; experimental; critical; travel and lyric essays.

We are happy to announce the success of our first call for submissions. Our inaugural issue launched May 2017. Breathe Free Press plans to publish four online issues a year. Next issue prospective publication is scheduled for August 15, 2017.

Breathe Free Press interest is in art, not journalism—in literary observation funneled through social awareness in essayistic narratives that subvert genre constraints.

The essays we seek allude, intimate, insinuate, attempt, analyze, critique, express: attentive to language and cultural associations. Themes that transform and transgress metanarratives of authority and power structures. We welcome, generous, graceful conscious writing.

Breathe Free Press only accepts submissions through Submittable. We do not charge a reading fee at present. Alternately at this time, is unable to pay for your invaluable work.

Please double space all submissions except where the textual structure is integral to meaning.

We are equally interested in hearing from emerging and established writers. Please include a cover letter to acquaint the editors with the author behind the work. We understand and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please share your good news of acceptance elsewhere.

Thank you for considering Breathe Free Press. We promise to give your work a close reading. We ask for first one-time electronic rights.

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Breathe Free Press only accepts submissions through Submittable