Submissions for the summer 2014 and winter 2014/2015 issues are currently closed, and will re-open on May 15, 2014. Please submit at that time--we'd love to evaluate your best work.
*Please include a bio in your cover letter.*
Ends on 5/15/2014
What is it?
As a way of maintaining and extending our deep-rooted commitment to emerging writers, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program aims to pair experienced Adroit editors and staff with high school students (as of the 2013-2014 academic year) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing. The program is free to all, and will cater to the literary genres of poetry and prose (short story, creative nonfiction, etc.). The aim of the mentorship program is not formalized instruction, but rather an individualized, flexible, and often informal correspondence. It is our hope that mentees will feel comfortable sharing work at their own leisure with their Adroit mentors and, ultimately, with each other. This year’s program will be open for applications via our submission manager until May 15, 2014, will last from June 15, 2014 until August 1, 2014, and will be capped at twenty-one students.
Applicants should possess firm work ethic and some familiarity with the writing and workshop process, and should be comfortable with receiving (and, to some extent, giving) commentary and critique. Applicants should also possess the will to explore and improve! Furthermore, this program can be completed by itself, or paired with another summer workshop or program, so long as the participant’s ability to be an active and participatory mentee is not jeopardized. The program is intentionally flexible, so as to cater to each individual's goal for the workshop.
Please note that this opportunity will not offer academic credit (this is a friendship, not a class!), that participation in this workshop is not a route to publication in our journal, and that mentors and/or the program director have the right to terminate a mentee’s involvement with the program at any time, should issues arise. At the end of the day, we are looking for the best potential: the writers with the drive to explore and discuss, the courage to delete and leap, and the determination to apply what they discover to future writings.
How do I apply?
Applications for this year’s mentorship program consist of two mandatory parts—a Writer’s Statement and a Writing Sample, with the additional voluntary component of an academic transcript in .PDF form. The Writer’s Statement should detail the applicant’s specific interest in pursuing The Adroit Journal’s summer mentorship program--what is it about our program and mission that peaks your interest? Why this workshop? How would you spend your time with us? We want to know.
While we of course suggest mentioning your experience and accomplishment with the writing and workshop processes, we will evaluate applications looking primarily for demonstrated passion and interest. We'd also like to suggest that you review the mission, ambition, and content of the journal for inspiration, if you find yourself stuck.
The Writing Sample should consist of between four and five poems or between eight and ten pages of prose (excerpts acceptable). Please note at this time we are not considering applicants for the prose genres of novel/novella.
As noted above, applications should be sent via our submission manager via this category. Please note that applications for this year’s program will be accepted until May 15, 2014. All decisions will be released by no later than June 1, 2014.
The Selection Process
Each mentor will carefully evaluate all applications, and will gather to ultimately select his or her mentees (a maximum of three per mentor). Please note that there will be no hierarchical method or process in this selection, and that mentors will be looking for not necessarily the 'best' work, but the work that they are most excited about pushing and pulling in new directions. At this time, while applicants may not conditionally apply to be included under a certain mentor’s instruction, applicants may discuss or indicate their preferences as part of their Writer’s Statement. Please direct any additional questions to the Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read the below passage if you are interested in applying to join the reading staff of The Adroit Journal!
The Adroit Journal was founded in November 2010 by Peter LaBerge during his sophomore year of high school. At its foundation, the journal has its eyes focused ahead, seeking to showcase what its student-age editors see as the future of poetry, prose, and art. We publish the innovative and inventive work of writers from diverse backgrounds, and maintain an international staff of nearly seventy accomplished readers between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four. As of Winter 2014, the journal has converted to an annual publishing schedule of two online issues (Winter and Summer) with an accompanying Best of Adroit print issue (Spring) selected from online releases.
Since inception, the journal has received nearly nine-thousand submissions of art and writing for consideration, has merited eight selections for the plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing of 2013 anthology, and has featured the voices of Matthew Rohrer, Dorianne Laux, Ned Vizzini, Laura Kasischke, Kirk Nesset, NoViolet Bulawayo, Bruce Bond, Lydia Millet, Kyle McCord, and beyond. Funded in large part by the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, The Adroit Journal sponsors the annual Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose to specifically recognize secondary and undergraduate writers, while hosting annual humanitarian features in each of its winter issues. Finally, The Adroit Journal is partnered with the Fill-A-Room Campaign, a youth-run initiative dedicated to ameliorating illiteracy in low-income communities around the United States.
Please feel encouraged to reach out via email (email@example.com) if you happen to have any questions, or would like more information. I look forward to being in touch!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE APPLICATION PROCESS: WWW.ADROIT.SUBMITTABLE.COM/SUBMIT/8227
Currently open positions include...
POETRY & PROSE READERS
Undergraduate, graduate or secondary students responsible for evaluating poetry and prose in a timely manner through Submittable, our submission client. Staff readers are heavily encouraged to read submissions more than once in order to reach the maximum understanding.
Poetry Readers should expect to vote on at least 125 submissions, comment on at least 55 submissions, and participate in conferences/discussions over various social media at the discretion of the editors. Prose Readers should expect to vote on at least 90 submissions, comment on at least 40 submissions, and participate in conferences/discussions over various social media at the discretion of the editors.
COMPONENTS OF APPLICATION
Adroit Statement (maximum of two pages double-spaced) articulating your history, passion, and experience with the areas of reading, studying, evaluating, and sharing (publication/awards/etc.) creative writing, either poetry or prose. Feel free to discuss other topics as you feel appropriate, as well as any specific connections, measures, or initiatives you might have (or aspire to have) with The Adroit Journal’s staff community.
Writing Sample of, at most, five poems (maximum of eight pages) or two prose selections (maximum of twelve pages double-spaced). Please include multiple works in the same document, and upload using this portal by clicking "Submit" and filling out the necessary fields.
We will generally get back to you promptly (often within a week), potentially with an opportunity to comment on submissions
as a reader. The editors will then re-convene and discuss your application with this supplemental sample.
Best of luck to you, and thank you very much for your interest in joining The Adroit Journal's community.