Please read submission guidelines located under the 'Submit' tab on The Adroit Journal's website

Prose - up to 3 pieces at a time, 9,000 words maximum (across pieces).
Poetry - up to 6 poems at a time, no length limits.
Art - up to 6 pieces at a time, both black/white & color accepted.

Since inception, the journal has been listed for extended periods among's 25 Fastest & Most Challenging Poetry and Fiction Markets, and has been the #1 Poetry Market with the Most Submission Responses Reported for the past two years.

We are currently CLOSED to submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. We will  reopen to submissions later in the fall.

*Please include a third-person bio in your cover letter for submission.* 

Click here to view our Call for Interviews & Reviews, full of titles we'd especially love to see covered.

Thank you for your interest in interviewing or reviewing for us. 

Interviews & Reviews -- we are currently accepting completed reviews and interviews for consideration on our blog.

At this time, we have an aesthetic preference for interviews.

IMPORTANT: Please consult our style guide for reviews and/or our style guide for interviews prior to submission. Thank you!

Click here to view our most recent interviews and reviews.

Unsure of a twist in a story, or the transitions within a poem? If you are a staff member or editor for The Adroit Journal, please feel free to send your writing here (fiction, poetry, song lyrics, prose poetry, etc... anything really!). Other staff members can comment on it, and let you know what they think!

Note: Please do not use the rating tools--keep your evaluation confined to subjective commentary and constructive criticism. Thanks!

First off: please familiarize yourself with the journal by visiting our About page, and perhaps also an issue or two.


MANAGING EDITOR: The Adroit Journal is seeking a Managing Editor. In recognition of our new status as a 501c entity, we have undertaken a search for a Managing Editor who will serve on the leadership team, working with the Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editor, Content Director, and Marketing Director to determine vision and direction, and collaborate on Adroit issues’ content and topics. The Managing Editor will plan and manage daily operations and platforms. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a managing editor role or other relevant role and/or will have experience with a literary non-profit. Excellent organizational and leadership skills, communication skills, and operating abilities are important. Experience with Wordpress and Submittable is a plus. As part of an all-volunteer organization, this is a part-time position with a potential stipend. Please apply with a cover letter and resumé. (Est. commitment: 10-12 hrs/week.)

WEB EDITOR: The web editor plays an essential role in delivering our issues and landing pages to our readers by creating  pages, executing copy edits and formatting updates, communicating with contributors around issue times, and strategically contributing to the direction of web content we provide. Experience with WordPress is strongly preferred. (Est. commitment: 3-5 hours per week, with additional work around periods of issue proof creation.)

PROSE READER: Prose readers get the first crack at all submissions in their specified genre, and are expected to review prose submissions regularly and consistently. Reviewing submissions includes voting and providing comments. (Est. commitment: 4 hrs/week.)



When we are open to reader applications, we are open to applications from emerging writers only (writers who have not published a full-length book—collection, novel, etc.—with a press). 

All other positions are fully open to all readers and writers. At this time, we are not open to staff readers of other internationally-staffed unaffiliated literary journals. Publications that consider solely student or specific geographic submissions do not apply to this restriction.

As we seek to fill open positions sooner rather than later, we consider applications on a rolling basis.

***Unless otherwise specified, all positions are remote in nature & have a start-date of ASAP.***


I. Please pick one of the positions above and briefly (between 1-2.5 pages double spaced) explain what qualifies you for this position, and what you would add to the journal’s literary and/or artistic community. You are encouraged to include things such as experience in the specific field(s), writing publication, and other commendations and accolades, but this Adroit Statement should NOT read like a résumé.

At the end of the day, the statement should highlight your history, passion, and experience with the areas of the position and creative writing. Feel free to discuss other topics you feel are appropriate, as well as any specific connections, measures, or initiatives you might have (or aspire to have) with The Adroit Journal’s staff community.

Please copy and paste the following quick checklist of biographical points and include them at the beginning of your statement:


State (hometown)- 

Country (if international)-

High School- 

College (if applicable)- 

Graduate School(s) (if applicable)- 


FOR ALL POSITIONS BUT POETRY & PROSE READER: If we think you might be a good match for the position, we will be in touch to schedule an interview. 


2. We ask that you provide a short sampling of your work (4-5 poems or 1-2 short stories/essays (max 10 pages double-spaced)) to supplement your written statement. This should be attached to the submission/application as a document. This is not to 'screen' writers and artists, but rather to get a better glimpse of who you are as a creator and, thus, as a person.

3. Once we review your statement, if we think you might be a good match for the journal's staff, we will email you a handful of pieces from our archives. These will serve as some sample submissions, which you will be asked to evaluate from the perspective of a staff member. This includes 1) providing a vote of yes, maybe, or no acceptance, 2) justifying your vote with a paragraph (generally a couple of sentences in length) explaining what you deem to be the piece's core strengths and weaknesses, and 3) returning the submissions back to us by emailing them to '' by the specified deadline. Failure to complete these mock evaluations will result in withdrawal of your application. Please note that – while the votes on the submissions are important to us, what is MOST IMPORTANT to us is the way in which you express and justify your votes in the comments area. In addition, please remember that you are NOT assessing whether the piece is ‘good’ or ‘bad,' nor should you be approaching submissions with a checklist mentality. Think about trying on the journal's aesthetic. 



*At this time, all roles are volunteer-based.

Please feel free to ask questions or inquire for more information by dropping an email to Thank you for your interest!

The Adroit Journal