Breathe Fress Press publishes personal; cross-genre; flash; experimental; critical; travel and lyric essays.

The personal made global and the global made personal

We are excited to announce our inaugural writer's retreat in Sperlonga, Italy | June 3rd -13th 2018.

Breathe Free Press is a literary magazine of resistance and awareness dedicated to essayism. We seek innovative essays that test patterns of perception and subvert imposed genre constraints. 

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

Submission guidelines: up to 3,000 words, double-spaced. Please submit only original work. Please do not send essays previously published or have ever appeared before online or in print. Submissions are read year-round. Issues published tri-annually – Winter-Spring-Fall. 

Breathe Free Press publishes both emerging and established writers. A cover letter is useful to acquaint the editors with the author behind the work. We understand and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please share your good news of acceptance.

We promise to give your work a close reading with suggested edits for selected essays. Our reply time is 0- 4 months. We request for one-time first electronic rights.

Thank you for considering Breathe Free Press.

 

Breathe Fress Press publishes personal; cross-genre; flash; experimental; critical; travel and lyric essays.

Submission guidelines: up to 3,000 words, double-spaced. There are no limits on the length of your planned retreat project. All submissions are given a close read. Please remember the Breathe Free Press Essayist Retreat accepts only eight writers. Please go to breathefreepress.org for REGISTRATION and CANCELLATION POLICY.

All applicants are invited to publish on breathfreepress.org.

Participants' Sperlonga writing will be published in the printed edition of the Breathe Free Press Essayist Writers Retreat Anthology.

Your writing sample and application are your introduction. Put your favorite work forward whether in progress, manuscript excerpt, or previously published.


Breathe Free Press is a new online literary magazine of resistance and awareness, dedicated to promoting essay. Please submit your narrative essays; cross-genre; flash; experimental; critical; travel and lyric essays.

 The essays we seek allude, intimate, insinuate, attempt, analyze, critique, express. Essays that are attentive to language and cultural associations. Essays which transforms and transgress metanarratives. We welcome, generous graceful conscious writing.

We do not charge a reading fee at present. Please keep your submission to 3,000 words or less. Please, please double-spaced. Submit only original work. Do not send essays previously published or have ever appeared before online or in print.

include a cover letter to acquaint the editor with the author behind the work. We understand and encourage simultaneous submissions but ask to be notified of acceptance elsewhere.

If you have questions, please email Deborah at essay@breathefreepress.org


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Because, the lyric essay liberates writer’s writing beyond genre constraints:

Because, lyric essay is subversive: It subverts the convention of genre.

Because, mind discovers in fragments: The lyric essay’s open form is suitable to the writing mind.

Because, it permits inclusivity and diversity: The lyric essay is free of constraint.

Because, writing can practice compassion: The lyric essay resembles the human condition.

Because, writing explores: The lyric essay releases the mind from physical confinement in a body constrained by space and time.

Because, words are the media used to translate images to the page: The lyric is an aperture, a meditation on engaged passion.

Because, I am a dreamer: The lyric essay is a mind map, an idiosyncratic map for a dreamer in timeless communication.

Because, I desire community: The lyric essay is minded in gravity free space, trusting the process.

Because, books are sustainable: The lyric essay is an inactive conversation with literature’s generous minds.

Because, I resist : The lyric essay does not wish to persuade, but distills perception through discovery, serendipity, and wonder.

Somewhere, around the midpoint of frustration with fiction, the writer encountered the lyric essay.

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Breathe Free Press welcomes critical essays on the discourse of literature, literary culture, text, music, film, art, advertising, social media.

Critical examination of the whole to expose its parts. We yearn for vibrant critical culture textual analysis. Narratives querying narratives, excavating the surface to expose internal narrative mechanics.  Eye bulging, mind opening, insights to alter and expand perception.
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Travel as immersion into the quotidian and historical. Narratives of interaction with place and identity to examine, explore and embrace and interact with the sensation of strangeness and commonality. Narratives of voluntary defamiliarization, loneliness of wanderlust and discovery in communal exchange that expands and collapses time.