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.* 

The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status. We’re fortunate to receive exceptional work from emerging writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will be recognized by the Adroit Prizes.

The 2022 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Arthur Sze. The 2022 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. To learn more about Arthur & Kali, scroll down to our “2022 Judges” section.

WE ARE CURRENTLY OPEN TO 2022 ADROIT PRIZES ENTRIES.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT PROSE.

USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT POETRY.

All secondary and undergraduate students are eligible, including international students and students who have graduated a semester early (in this case, in December 2021). Submissions may include up to six poems (maximum of ten pages single-spaced) and/or up to three works of prose (combined word limit of 3,500 words). Excerpts of longer works are acceptable.

Simultaneous submissions—as well as submissions that have been recognized by other organizations and/or featured in campus-wide publications—are accepted, provided that simultaneously submitted work is acknowledged as such in the cover letter portion of the submission. Submitters should reach out promptly by adding a note to their submission on Submittable if work under consideration is accepted elsewhere.

All submissions will be considered for publication in the Adroit Journal. Each student may send one submission per genre per year, but may send entries in both the poetry and prose categories in a given year.

Winners 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 a copy of their judges’ latest book.

To accommodate this while offering free online issues, we have set a non-refundable submission fee of $15. If you require financial assistance, please download this form and follow the instructions.

Please direct any questions to editors@theadroitjournal.org.

The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status. We’re fortunate to receive exceptional work from emerging writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will be recognized by the Adroit Prizes.

The 2022 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Arthur Sze. The 2022 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. To learn more about Arthur & Kali, scroll down to our “2022 Judges” section.

WE ARE CURRENTLY OPEN TO 2022 ADROIT PRIZES ENTRIES.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT POETRY.

USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT PROSE.

All secondary and undergraduate students are eligible, including international students and students who have graduated a semester early (in this case, in December 2021). Submissions may include up to six poems (maximum of ten pages single-spaced) and/or up to three works of prose (combined word limit of 3,500 words). Excerpts of longer works are acceptable.

Simultaneous submissions—as well as submissions that have been recognized by other organizations and/or featured in campus-wide publications—are accepted, provided that simultaneously submitted work is acknowledged as such in the cover letter portion of the submission. Submitters should reach out promptly by adding a note to their submission on Submittable if work under consideration is accepted elsewhere.

All submissions will be considered for publication in the Adroit Journal. Each student may send one submission per genre per year, but may send entries in both the poetry and prose categories in a given year.

Winners 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 a copy of their judges’ latest book.

To accommodate this while offering free online issues, we have set a non-refundable submission fee of $15. If you require financial assistance, please download this form and follow the instructions.

Please direct any questions to editors@theadroitjournal.org.

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.

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

OPEN POSITIONS:

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).

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).

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)- 


-- 


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!


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!

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.
The Adroit Journal