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!

Founded in 2012 as an extension of the journal’s commitment to supporting the voices of young writers, the Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of high school, college, or university status.

The 2019 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Franny Choi, author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Press, 2014) and author of Soft Science (forthcoming from Alice James Books). The 2019 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Jamel Brinkley, author of A Lucky Man (Graywolf Press, 2018).

Students previously recognized by the Adroit Prizes include Aidan Forster, Christina Im, Yasmin Belkhyr, Rainie Oet, Lucy Wainger, Alexa Derman, and many more writers on the rise. Winners of each prize 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 copies of the judges' latest books.

To accommodate this while offering free online issues, we have set a non-refundable submission fee of $12. If you require financial assistance, you may submit a fee waiver by downloading this form and following the instructions. Due to fee waivers' processing time, fee waivers will only be accepted until April 28th (postmarked). Paid submission will remain open until April 30th.

All current secondary and undergraduate students, including international students and students who graduated in December 2017, are eligible for the Adroit Prizes. Entries may include up to six poems and up to three works of creative prose. Simultaneous submissions and excerpts of longer works are acceptable, as are works that have been previously recognized by other organizations or featured in campus-wide publications. Each entrant may send a maximum of one entry per genre per year, but may submit both poetry and prose.

Please direct any additional questions to editors@theadroitjournal.org.

Submissions may be made via the below form, and will be open until April 30, 2018 @ 11:59 pm PST.
Please submit all poems in one document! Please do not submit prose in the same document as poetry. You may submit prose through the "2019 Adroit Prize for Prose" category. Click here to submit to the Adroit Prize for Prose.


FRANNY CHOI is a writer, performer, and educator. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Senior News Editor for Hyphen,  co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her second collection, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books.   

JAMEL BRINKLEY is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press), a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the Story Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and Tin House, among other placesHe has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. 


Previous judges include: 

2018 - Alex Dimitrov
2017 - Safiya Sinclair
2016 - Corey Van Landingham
2015 - Tarfia Faizullah
2014 - Richie Hofmann
2013 - Garth Greenwell
2012 - Chloë Honum 

Founded in 2012 as an extension of the journal’s commitment to supporting the voices of young writers, the Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of high school, college, or university status.

The 2019 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Franny Choi, author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Press, 2014) and author of Soft Science (forthcoming from Alice James Books). The 2019 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Jamel Brinkley, author of A Lucky Man (Graywolf Press, 2018).

Students previously recognized by the Adroit Prizes include Aidan Forster, Christina Im, Yasmin Belkhyr, Rainie Oet, Lucy Wainger, Alexa Derman, and many more writers on the rise. Winners of each prize 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 copies of the judges' latest books.

To accommodate this while offering free online issues, we have set a non-refundable submission fee of $12. If you require financial assistance, you may submit a fee waiver by downloading this form and following the instructions. Due to fee waivers' processing time, fee waivers will only be accepted until April 28th (postmarked). Paid submission will remain open until April 30th.

All current secondary and undergraduate students, including international students and students who graduated in December 2017, are eligible for the Adroit Prizes. Entries may include up to six poems and up to three works of creative prose. Simultaneous submissions and excerpts of longer works are acceptable, as are works that have been previously recognized by other organizations or featured in campus-wide publications. Each entrant may send a maximum of one entry per genre per year, but may submit both poetry and prose.

Please direct any additional questions to editors@theadroitjournal.org.
Submissions may be made via the below form, and will be open until April 30, 2019 @ 11:59 pm PST.
Please submit all works of prose in one document! Please do not submit poetry in the same document as prose. You may submit poetry through the "2019 Adroit Prize for Poetry" category. Click here to submit to the Adroit Prize for Poetry.
We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Jamel Brinkley.

FRANNY CHOI is a writer, performer, and educator. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Senior News Editor for Hyphen,  co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her second collection, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books.

JAMEL BRINKLEY is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press), a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the Story Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and Tin House, among other placesHe has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. 


Previous judges include: 

2018 - Rachel Heng
2017 - Allegra Hyde
2016 - Kevin Moffett
2015 - Alexander Maksik
2014 - Wendy Rawlings
2013 - Marlin Barton
2012 - Kirk Nesset

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 editorial meetings hosted over Google Hangouts. (Est. commitment: 3 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 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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