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

We are currently OPEN to submissions, and will remain open until mid-March 2017. 

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 eight 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 note that you are encouraged to send us as much work over the course of the reading period as you'd like--we only ask that you not send more than eight poems at any given time for us to read. As soon as we respond to the first batch, you may send us another, and so on and so forth.

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 2,500 words, but if you've got something a bit longer feel free to send it our way. Please note that you are encouraged to send us as much work over the course of the reading period as you'd like--we only ask that you not send more than three prose pices at any given time for us to read. As soon as we respond to the first batch, you may send us another, and so on and so forth.

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!

Please submit UP TO EIGHT full-color images (unless intentionally greyscale in the first place) via our submission manager (adroit.submishmash.com). This way, we can consider all submissions for cover art, and then we will also be able to consider all submissions for full-color publication in our online issues. Please make all image submissions .jpg 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 outside acceptance.

The Adroit Blog is an extension of The Adroit Journal, aiming to publish evocative essays, interviews, musings, rants, reviews, and anything else related to art and literature. We like everything from light-hearted, comedic vignettes to serious literary criticism. Our desires are simple: we want to publish pieces that are interesting— pieces that are exciting, thought-provoking, and zany. We dare you to shock us.

We currently accept submissions for Guest Blog posts, Columns, interviews, and reviews. It would be wonderful to showcase a variety of voices on The Adroit Blog, so we encourage you to submit!


GUEST BLOG SUBMISSIONS:

Guest Blogs are one-off blog posts that can be about anything you wish, so long as it has a tie-in to literature and/or the arts. There are two ways to submit:

  • Upload a piece between 500 and 1500 words to Submittable, along with a cover letter that briefly tells us who you are, and what your piece is about.

  • Upload a document with one to three pitches for a Guest Blog post, along with a cover letter that briefly tells us who you are. If you choose to pitch ideas, rather than submit a piece directly, please include two to three links to samples of your writing.

COLUMN PROPOSALS:

A column is a recurring series of posts that center around a certain theme— for example, blog contributor Brynne Rebele-Henry holds a Feminist Fridays column, in which the Blog features a new essay of feminist literary criticism.

We’re looking for columns that are creative and original, so don’t be afraid to get weird.

  • In your proposal, outline what your column would be about, and what messages you seek to convey.

  • Provide three to five brief pitches (a few sentences each) for sample posts within your column so that we can get a solid understanding of what you wish to publish.

  • Tell us if your column would appear once a week, once every other week, or once a month.

  • After a column has been accepted, you will discuss the length of your commitment to Adroit with the Blog Editor.

INTERVIEWS:

We accept proposals for interviews with artists and writers. We like interviews that are unique and engaging— we like in-depth discussions that tell us something about how the interviewee thinks and feels about the world around them.

  • Tell us a bit about the person whom you’d like to interview, and what the two of you plan to discuss.

  • Along with your proposal, include 2-3 links to writing samples.

  • Please make sure that your target interviewee has agreed to be interviewed before submitting a proposal.

  • Interviews should be under 2000 words, but in cases of longer, yet very high-quality interviews, we can split an interview into two separate blog posts.


REVIEWS:

The Adroit Blog is seeking reviews of recently-published poetry collections, short story collections, essay collections, literary novels, and more. We think that a good review does more than just describe a work— a good review analyzes a work from a thoughtful, worldly perspective.

  • Upload a review to Submittable between 500 and 1500 words. 

  • Include a brief cover letter that lets us know who you are.


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.

ELIGIBILITY: 
At this time, we are accepting applications from prospective readers that have not published a full-length book (collection, novel, etc.) with a press. Note: this does not include self-published titles. 

***The below positions have a start-date of May 2017, unless otherwise specified.***


APPLICATION DETAILS: 

I. Please pick one of the positions below and briefly (between 1-1.5 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 writing publication and commendation credits, exhibitions, or other awards that you may have collected in the past. This 'Adroit Statement' can be as formal or informal as you'd like, but 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- 

State (hometown)- 

Country (if international)-

Grade- 

High School- 

College (if applicable)-
Graduate School(s) & Anticipated Degree(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. 

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' young 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 prospective 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. 

 

The positions available are as follows:

 

POETRY READER: Evaluate submissions of poetry in a timely manner through Submittable, our submission client. As a poetry reader, you are encouraged to read submissions more than once in order to reach the maximum understanding, and to write editorial comments to elaborate on your choice of vote – particularly when you vote maybe. (Est. commitment: 3-4 hours per week, with additional work around reading period deadline.) 

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER: Implement and coordinate social media activities via our Facebook & Twitter pages, keeping our pages active & consistent. Prepare plans in advance for social media posts via Hootsuite. Meet with Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Marketing team, Blog Editor, and others to discuss marketing and social media strategy. (Est. commitment: 2 hours per week.) 

PROSE READER: Evaluating submissions of prose (generally, fiction and nonfiction) in a timely manner through Submittable, our submission client. As a prose reader, you are encouraged to pay careful attention to stylistic and narrative elements of the works you evaluate, so as to achieve the maximum understanding of each submission. Then, you are encouraged to write editorial comments to elaborate on your choice of vote – particularly when you vote maybe. (Est. commitment: 3 hours per week, with additional work around reading period deadline.) 

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


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

Thank you for your interest in serving as a mentor for the 2017 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Now in its fifth 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 2017 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. It is our hope that mentorship students will feel comfortable sharing work at their own leisure with their mentors and with each other.

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 BASIS. The program will last from June 25, 2017 until August 5, 2017, and will be capped at sixty 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 this year’s mentor seats consist of two mandatory parts—an Adroit Statement (up to two pages double-spaced) and a Curriculum Vitae. The Adroit Statement should detail the applicant’s specific interest in working with The Adroit Journal's program—what is it about our program and mission that piques your interest? Why this program? How would you spend your time with us and with your mentees? We want to know.

While we of course suggest mentioning your experience and accomplishment with the writing and mentoring processes, we will also highly consider 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.

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 Wednesday, March 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
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
Publication in Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, Pleiades, 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)
Recipient, Adroit Prize for Prose
Publication in Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Rookie Magazine, 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.

Thank you for your interest in serving as a mentor for the 2017 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Now in its fifth 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 2017 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. It is our hope that mentees will feel comfortable sharing work at their own leisure with their mentors and, ultimately, with each other. 

We are very proud of our alumni from this program. Previous students have gone on to become 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.

This upcoming year’s program will be open for applications via our submission manager on March 1, 2017. The program will last from June 25, 2017 until August 5, 2017, and will be capped at sixty 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, and 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, as a teacher/professor, or as 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 accepted for the program will be assigned mentees with the option to request new . The Program Director, Editor-in-Chief, & Managing Editor will gather to identify applications with merit. 



THE NUTS AND BOLTS - APPLICATION

Re-application  for this year’s mentor seats consists of two mandatory parts—an Adroit Statement (suggested length: 1.5 pgs double-spaced) coupled with a Curriculum Vitae. The Adroit Statement should detail the '16 Mentor's specific interest in working with The Adroit Journal's program--what is it about our program and mission that piqued your interest? What about last summer's program has led to your decision to re-apply? We want to know.

We'd also like to suggest that you review the mission, ambition, and content of the journal for inspiration, if you find yourself stuck.

As noted above, applications should be sent through our submission manager via this category. Please note that applications to mentor for the 2017 summer mentorship program will be accepted until *Tuesday, February 1, 2017*. All decisions will be released by mid-February at the latest.


PRAISE FOR THE ADROIT JOURNAL SUMMER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

"Because of the Adroit Journal’s mentorship, this by far has been my most productive summer creatively. Having an organized, recurring sense of feedback and criticism has pushed me to continually write better poems." - Nathan Blansett, 2015 Mentee 

"Besides learning to experiment with the technical elements of poetry, I also learned to find inspiration for writing all around me. It wasn’t too hard to find some in the work of my peers and Adroit mentors, who constantly amazed me with their passion and skill. ... This summer, I learned that life is imbued with poetry -- you just have to see it." - Jamie Uy, 2015 Mentee

"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, 2015 Mentee



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.