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

We are currently OPEN to submissions until April 1, 2018.

Please note that we accept simultaneous submissions (and appreciate acknowledgement of such submissions), but do not accept reprints/previously published work. For examples of the work we tend to publish, please consult our current issue and online archives.

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

Please submit up to six poems in one document via our Submittable page (adroit.submittable.com). We encourage you to submit prose, art, and/or photography in addition to poetry.

Please submit no more than two (2) times per genre per reading period. Additional submissions will be returned unread.

N.B. PLEASE SUBMIT MULTIPLE POEMS IN ONE DOCUMENT. 

Information regarding the annual student Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose will be released later on this fall.

Happy submitting, and thanks in advance!

Please submit up to three prose pieces in one document via our Submittable page (adroit.submittable.com). We invite you to submit poetry, art, and/or photography in addition to prose.


Prose should in general be under 3,000 words, but if you've got something a bit longer feel free to send it our way. Please submit no more than two (2) times per genre per reading period. Additional submissions will be returned unread.

Please include a word count at the top of each submission.

N.B. PLEASE SUBMIT MULTIPLE PROSE PIECES IN ONE DOCUMENT.

Information regarding the annual student Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose will be released later on this fall.

Happy submitting, and thanks in advance!

Founded in 2012 as an extension of the journal’s commitment to supporting the voices of young writers, the Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of high school, college, or university status.

The 2018 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Alex Dimitrov, acclaimed author of Together and By Ourselves (Copper Canyon Press, 2016) and previous editor of the Academy of American Poets' popular online series Poem-a-Day. The 2018 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Rachel Heng, author of Suicide Club (forthcoming from Henry Holt, Macmillian (US) and Sceptre, Hachette (UK)).

Students previously recognized by the Adroit Prizes include Brynne Rebele-Henry, Aidan Forster, Yasmin Belkhyr, Jacob Oet, Lucy Wainger, Alexa Derman, and many more writers on the rise. Winners of each prize will be awarded $200, and their work—along with the work of runners-up—will be featured in The Adroit Journal. Runners-up and finalists will receive copies of the judges' latest books.

To accommodate this while offering free online issues, we have set a non-refundable submission fee of $12. If you require financial assistance, you may submit a fee waiver by downloading this form and following the instructions. Due to fee waivers' processing time, fee waivers will only be accepted until February 8th (postmarked). Paid submission will remain open until February 15th.

All current secondary and undergraduate students, including international students and students who graduated in December 2017, are eligible for the Adroit Prizes. Entries may include up to six poems and up to three works of creative prose. Simultaneous submissions and excerpts of longer works are acceptable, as are works that have been previously recognized by other organizations or featured in campus-wide publications. Each entrant may send a maximum of one entry per genre per year, but may submit both poetry and prose. 

Please direct any additional questions to editors@theadroitjournal.org.

Submissions may be made via the below form, and will be open until April 15, 2018 @ 11:59 pm PST. 

Please submit all poems in one document! Please do not submit prose in the same document as poetry. You may submit prose through the "2018 Adroit Prize for Prose" category. Click here to submit to the Adroit Prize for Prose.

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Alex Dimitrov.

Alex Dimitrov is the author of Together and by Ourselves (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), Begging for It (Four Way Books, 2013), and the online chapbook American Boys (2012). Dimitrov's poems have been published in Poetry, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, Slate, Tin House, Boston Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and other publications. He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review and a Pushcart Prize.


Previous judges include: 
2017 - Safiya Sinclair
2016 - Corey Van Landingham 
2015 - Tarfia Faizullah 
2014 - Richie Hofmann 
2013 - Garth Greenwell 
2012 - Chloë Honum 

Founded in 2012 as an extension of the journal’s commitment to supporting the voices of young writers, the Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of high school, college, or university status.

The 2018 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Alex Dimitrov, acclaimed author of Together and By Ourselves (Copper Canyon Press, 2016) and previous editor of the Academy of American Poets' popular online series Poem-a-Day. The 2018 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Rachel Heng, author of Suicide Club (forthcoming from Henry Holt, Macmillian (US) and Sceptre, Hachette (UK)).

Students previously recognized by the Adroit Prizes include Brynne Rebele-Henry, Aidan Forster, Yasmin Belkhyr, Jacob Oet, Lucy Wainger, Alexa Derman, and many more writers on the rise. Winners of each prize will be awarded $200, and their work—along with the work of runners-up—will be featured in The Adroit Journal. Runners-up and finalists will receive copies of the judges' latest books.

To accommodate this while offering free online issues, we have set a non-refundable submission fee of $12. If you require financial assistance, you may submit a fee waiver by downloading this form and following the instructions. Due to fee waivers' processing time, fee waivers will only be accepted until February 8th (postmarked). Paid submission will remain open until February 15th.

All current secondary and undergraduate students, including international students and students who graduated in December 2017, are eligible for the Adroit Prizes. Entries may include up to six poems and up to three works of creative prose. Simultaneous submissions and excerpts of longer works are acceptable, as are works that have been previously recognized by other organizations or featured in campus-wide publications. Each entrant may send a maximum of one entry per genre per year, but may submit both poetry and prose. 

Please direct any additional questions to editors@theadroitjournal.org.

Submissions may be made via the below form, and will be open until April 15, 2018 @ 11:59 pm PST. 

Please submit all works of prose in one document! Please do not submit poetry in the same document as prose. You may submit poetry through the "2018 Adroit Prize for Poetry" category. Click here to submit to the Adroit Prize for Poetry.

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Rachel Heng.

Rachel Heng’s debut novel, Suicide Club, will be published by Henry Holt, Macmillan (US) and Sceptre, Hachette (UK) in July 2018. Her short ction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and Prairie Schooner’s Jane Geske Award. Rachel was born and raised in Singapore, and currently lives in Austin, where she is pursuing her MFA at the Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin. 


Previous judges include: 
2017 - Allegra Hyde
2016 - Kevin Moffett 
2015 - Alexander Maksik 
2014 - Wendy Rawlings 
2013 - Marlin Barton 
2012 - Kirk Nesset 
Please submit UP TO SIX full-color images (unless intentionally greyscale in the first place) via our submission manager (adroit.submittable.com). Please make all image submissions .jpg or .png, and as high-quality as possible. Image scans or screenshots are alright for submission (for the purpose of considerably lowering the file size), but please have access to higher-quality versions the art/photos prior to submission.  

Submitted art may have previously been recognized for an award, but should not be previously published. Also, we DO accept simultaneous art submissions, but expect you to withdraw your submission(s) if accepted elsewhere promptly after the acceptance elsewhere.

Please submit no more than two (2) times per genre per reading period. Additional submissions will be returned unread.

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!

Thank you for your interest in serving as a mentor for the 2018 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Now in its six year, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely free and online program that pairs experienced writers with high school and secondary students (as of the current academic year) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing. The 2018 program will cater to the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The aim of the mentorship program is not formalized instruction, but rather an individualized, flexible, and often informal correspondence. Poetry mentorship students will share weekly work with mentors and peers, while prose mentorship students will share biweekly work with mentors and peers.

We are very proud of our alumni from this program. Previous students have subsequently been recognized through the National YoungArts Foundation & United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts designation, the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards, among a plethora of others. Click here to view the mentorship alumni college list.

Mentors will be evaluated and accepted on a ROLLING BASISThe program will last from June 24, 2018 until August 4, 2018, and will be capped at fifty students. 

Mentees will possess firm work ethic and some familiarity with the writing and workshop process, and will be comfortable with receiving (and, to some extent, giving) commentary and critique. Participation in this program (whether as a mentor or a mentee) is not a route to publication in the journal. Mentors and/or the program director will have the right to terminate a mentee’s involvement with the program at any time, should issues arise. At the end of the day, each year our goal is to provide a safe space where teenage writers with potential may blossom into writers with the ability to explore and discuss, the courage to delete and leap, and the determination to apply what they discover to future writings.

ABOUT THE MENTORS

Mentors must be at least eighteen years of age, and may be previously affiliated or unaffiliated with The Adroit Journal. The ideal Mentor is organized, knowledgeable about either contemporary poetry or prose, able to work well with others, and plans to be reachable for the duration of the program—late-June to early-August. Additionally, the ideal Mentor has experience in the classroom with creative writing, whether as a student, a teacher/professor, or both.

If you would like to apply for more than one genre, please note your preferences using the dropdown boxes in the application (though each Mentor will be limited to one genre of mentorship per summer). If selected to participate in the program, Mentors will have the option of creating an original syllabus, using one of three syllabus models provided by the Program Director, or using an outside syllabus.

Mentors will be assigned students by the Program Director, Editor-in-Chief, & Managing Editor based on aesthetic fit.

THE NUTS AND BOLTS - APPLICATION

Applications for invited returning mentors involve sending along updated materials (headshot, third-person bio, etc.) for this year's program. Returning mentors do not have to complete full applications to reapply. 

As noted above, applications should be sent through our submission manager via this category. Please note that applications to mentor for this year’s summer mentorship program will be accepted until Thursday, February 15th. 

PRAISE FOR THE ADROIT JOURNAL SUMMER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

"Having seen the mentorship program from both sides, as both mentee and mentor, I can honestly say it’s a profoundly beautiful and affirming experience for both parties. Not only did the program improve the quality of my writing, but it also introduced me to an incredible community of writers that has been a critical support network as I and my writing have grown."

Oriana Tang, Mentee '14 and Mentor '15
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts (Poetry & Short Story)
Davidson Fellow in Literature
National YoungArts Finalist in Writing (Poetry & Short Story)

"The Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced. There, I found a community of young writers who were interested in engaging with poetry in an exciting way and in growing as people and writers. The mentorship helped me find/develop my poetic voice, explore my poetry and stretch the limits of what poetry could be for me, and make lasting friendships with like-minded artists. I recommend the mentorship to anyone who wants to strengthen their understanding of their own work and build long-lasting, wonderful friendships with other young writers."

Aidan Forster, Mentee '15
National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold & Best in Grade Medalist
National YoungArts Finalist in Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Publication in Best New Poets, Indiana Review, Pleiades, Tin House, and elsewhere


"The Adroit Journal’s mentorship program helped me find a steady poetic voice and learn how to intensively edit poems. I made some lasting friendships with other mentees and mentors—one of the other mentees, Aidan Forster and I, went on to create an online community for young LGBT+ writers once the mentorship ended, as well as an LGBT+ focused literary publication called Fissure. The Adroit Journal, never mind its network of emerging and established writers, never ceases to astound me."

Brynne Rebele-Henry, Mentee '15
Author, Fleshgraphs (Nightboat Books, 2016)
Author, Autography of a Wound (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019) 
Recipient, AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
Recipient, Adroit Prize for Prose
Publication in Denver Quarterly, jubilat, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere

"This mentorship program was truly a remarkable experience. Not only were the mentors and mentees professional and thorough, they were open-minded to my ideas and ideologies, my beliefs and personal predilections. They didn’t rewrite my work for me but pushed me towards discovery and revision through their thought-provoking questions about imagery, form, and syntax."

Alex Greenberg, Mentee '15
Five-Time Commendation, Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards
Publication in Columbia Poetry Review, Florida Review, Salt Hill, Third Coast, Washington Square, and elsewhere

ADDITIONAL LINKS

Click here to visit the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program online.

Click here to learn more about The Adroit Journal.

Please direct any additional questions to the editors at editors@theadroitjournal.org.