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.

Click here to read our current issue, available online.

When we are open to Poetry, Prose, and Art submissions, you will find the categories available for submission below.

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

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.
Happy submitting, and thanks in advance!

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.

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

OPEN POSITIONS:

Poetry Reader

Poetry readers get the first crack at all submissions in their specified genre, and are expected to review poetry submissions regularly and consistently. Reviewing submissions includes voting, providing comments, and participating in occasional discussions about pieces on the bubble. (Est. commitment: 3.5 hrs/week.)

Prose Reader

Prose readers get the first crack at all submissions in their specified genre, and are expected to review fiction and nonfiction (and hybrid) submissions regularly and consistently. Reviewing submissions includes voting, providing comments, and participating in occasional discussions about pieces on the bubble. (Est. commitment: 3.5 hrs/week.)

Staff Engagement Coordinator

The Adroit Journal seeks a passionate, organized Staff Engagement Coordinator with a penchant for community building to lead community and educational programs for members of the Adroit Journal staff. The coordinator will manage the logistics of both our Visiting Writer Series and In-House Staff Craft Talks, which will include recruiting dynamic and exciting authors to enrich. Also, the coordinator will spearhead initiatives that enable staff members to establish connections within the currently 100+ strong Adroit community. Candidates should have experience working in literary organizations, as well as experience mobilizing and completing community building projects. The position is currently estimated to require four to five hours per week and is on a volunteer basis (with the hope that there may be a stipend in the future).

Senior Editor

The Adroit Journal seeks an experienced and ambitious editor to lead the expansion of our publication of short stories, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction. The right candidate will have previous literary journal or press experience, and be comfortable leading a large team of volunteer editors and readers. With the support of our four prose editors, our editor-in-chief and executive editor, you will be responsible for evaluating and selecting prose for publication, soliciting submissions, and setting the direction for our prose prizes and relevant special projects. The position is currently estimated to require four to five hours per week and is on a volunteer basis (with the hope that there may be a stipend in the future).

ELIGIBILITY: 

We 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 campus work, or work with specific geographic eligibility requirements, 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.***

APPLICATION DETAILS: 

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:


Name- 

City & State (hometown)- 

Country (if international)-
 

High School- 

College (if applicable)- 

Graduate School(s) (if applicable)- 


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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. 

FOR POETRY & PROSE READER APPLICATIONS: 

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 'editors@theadroitjournal.org' 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. 


FAQ:

*NOTE: YOU MAY APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE POSITION WITH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL ADROIT STATEMENTS IF YOU FEEL IT DISCUSSES EXPERIENCE/ENGAGEMENT/ENTHUSIASM IN BOTH REALMS. 

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

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

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!

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