We are currently CLOSED to general submissions until mid-May.
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.*
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, nor are we open to applications from campus-based journals that receive and consider submissions globally and across age demographics. International journals that consider solely high school 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.***
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:
Country (if international)-
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/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' 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 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 'firstname.lastname@example.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.
POETRY READER: Evaluate submissions of poetry through Submittable. As a poetry 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 piece. You are encouraged to write editorial comments to elaborate on your choice of vote – particularly when you vote maybe. (Est. commitment: 2 hours per week, depending on submission volume.)
PROSE READER: Evaluate fiction and nonfiction submissions through Submittable. 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 piece. You are encouraged to write editorial comments to elaborate on your choice of vote—particularly when you vote maybe. (Est. commitment: 2 hours per week, depending on submission volume.)
BLOG EDITOR: Maintain the consistent content stream (including op-ed’s and articles) for our web blog, while optimizing our blog content for SEO. The Blog Editor must edit and follow-up with content writers as necessary, will also be responsible for posting completed posts to the blog. (Est. commitment: 2 hours per week, depending on content volume.)
SOCIAL MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Maintain consistent activity across our social (Facebook and Twitter) profiles. Craft brand-appropriate social media copy, plan and execute our social media calendar, and own/respond to tags and direct messages we receive across social media platforms. (Est. commitment: 2-3 hours per week.)
ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Assist with general proofreading and project management tasks in the realms of staff relations, content initiatives, and more. (Est. commitment: 1-3 hours per week.)
*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.
Please feel free to ask questions or inquire for more information by dropping an email to email@example.com. 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!