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 August 16, 2016

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.*

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

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. 


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 reading, studying, evaluating, and sharing 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:


State (hometown)- 

Country (if international)-


High School- 

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

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.

Note: Please submit your 'Adroit Statement' with your accompanying writing selection to this category by visiting the Staff Applications manager on our Submittable submission manager page:

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 '' 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: Evaluating 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.

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.

Accepted applicants will begin work for the journal at the beginning of the aforementioned reading period.

Please feel free to ask questions or inquire for more information by dropping me an email at Thank you for your interest, and I know I speak for all of us on staff when I say that we're excited to see what you have to say!

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, Guest 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 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.


A Guest Column is a recurring series of posts that center around a certain theme— for example, Adroit staff members contribute to a Feminist Fridays column, where every Friday, 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.


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.


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!