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

We are currently OPEN to general submissions of poetry, prose, and art.

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.
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.
Happy submitting, and thanks in advance!

Thank you for your interest in serving as a mentor for the 2019 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.

About the Program

Now in its seventh 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 (students in grades 9-12) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing. The 2019 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. 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.

Mentor apps will be considered until February 15, 2019. 

The program will last from June 23, 2019 until August 3, 2019, 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 - The Application

Applications for this year’s mentor seats consist of three mandatory parts—an Adroit Statement (up to two pages double-spaced), a Writing Sample, 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 Thursday, February 15th. 


Praise from Previous Mentors

"Being a mentor for the Adroit Journal's Mentorship Program for high school students is extra rewarding because the writers selected are already so talented and hungry--hungry to learn, hungry to be in a conversation about literature, hungry to make art.  I loved working with my mentee who not only talked to me about poetry, but about what it means to be Asian American (she was  Asian Canadian). It was rewarding to be able to impart any knowledge or experience I have accumulated to someone much younger than I am.  I wish I would have had such a program when I was younger."

Victoria Chang, Poetry Mentor


"The Adroit Journal's Summer Mentorship program was a special opportunity to work one-on-one with student poets who are curious, committed, and hungry for guidance. My experience as a mentor was meaningful, because in a few short weeks I saw my mentee grow and take greater risks. I got to observe the questions, ideas, memories, fragments they were trying to walk towards and help them find new portals into these conversations. Mentoring was not just a way for me to 'give back,'; but a way to work with talented young poets and encourage them to step into the power of their voices. I'm grateful for the experience."

Denice Frohman, Poetry Mentor


"Mentoring was a wonderful experience--my mentee was an incredible writer, both funny and serious (I had to remind myself she was only in high school!). My Google hangout sessions--during which we discussed not only her writing but A Separate Peace and computer learning--were one of the highlights of my week. The bang-for-your-buck component--in this case, I guess, the value for your time?--is totally, totally worth it."

Ben Hoffman, Fiction Mentor


Praise from Previous Mentees

"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 & 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 & Mentor '18
National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold & Best in Grade Medalist
U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts (Creative Nonfiction)
Publication in Best New Poets, Indiana Review, Pleiades, Tin House, 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 2019 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.  

About the Program

Now in its seventh 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 (students in grades 9-12) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing. The 2019 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. 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.

Mentor apps will be considered until February 15, 2019. 

The program will last from June 23, 2019 until August 3, 2019, 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 - The Application

Returning Mentors do not need to complete a new application but are asked to submit their name, preferred genre, and a few other items of personal information. 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 from Previous Mentees

"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 & 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 & Mentor '18 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold & Best in Grade Medalist U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts (Creative Nonfiction) Publication in Best New Poets, Indiana Review, Pleiades, Tin House, 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.

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


OPEN POSITIONS:

PROSE READER: Prose readers get the first crack at all submissions in their specified genre, and are expected to review fiction and nonfiction submissions regularly and consistently. Reviewing submissions includes voting, providing comments, and participating in occasional editorial meetings hosted over Google Hangouts. (Est. commitment: 3 hrs/week.) 

STAFF COMMUNITY MANAGER: The Staff Community Manager will be responsible for instituting periodic activity checks to maintain satisfactory and consistent staff activity, as well as providing periodic feedback to ensure that readers receive actionable and respectful messaging around suggested areas of improvement. The SCM will refine and implement a Staff Development Plan and will maintain communication with the journal’s staff reading family to create the reading teams behind The Adroit Journal’s issues. The SCM will report to the Editor-in-Chief, and should have prior experience with management and coordination (particularly as it relates to interpersonal communication and/or HR). Join us, and help make reading for us an even more unforgettable, enriching experience! (Est. commitment: 4 hrs/week.)

INTERVIEWER OR REVIEWER: We are open to applications to interview or review for us on a rolling basis. Click here for details. 


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ELIGIBILITY: 

We are open to applicants for prose reader 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.

We are looking to fill these positions sooner rather than later, and will be considering applications on a rolling basis.

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

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)-

Graduation Year- 

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/EDITOR 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.

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

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!

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