Submissions for issues are currently CLOSED. We will re-open on May 15, 2015.
Please note that we accept simultaneous submissions (and would appreciate acknowledgement of such), but do not accept reprints/previously published work.
*Please include a third-person bio in your cover letter.*
Summer Mentorship Program
THE EDITORS ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT APPLICATIONS FOR THE SUMMER 2015 PROGRAM ARE NOW OPEN, AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL MAY 15, 2015. PLEASE VISIT OUR APPLICATION MANAGER HERE, VISIT OUR SUMMER 2015 MENTOR LISTING HERE, AND READ BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION!
WHAT IS IT?
As a way of maintaining and extending our deep-rooted commitment to emerging writers, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program aims to pair experienced Adroit editors and staff with high school students (as of the 2014-2015 academic year) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing. The program is free to all, and will cater to the literary genres of poetry and prose (short story, creative nonfiction, etc.). The aim of the mentorship program is not formalized instruction, but rather an individualized, flexible, and often informal correspondence. It is our hope that mentees will feel comfortable sharing work at their own leisure with their Adroit mentors and, ultimately, with each other.
We are very proud of our alumni from this program -- previous students have gone on to become recognized through the National YoungArts Foundation, the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards, among a plethora of others. This upcoming year’s program will be open for applications via our submission manager beginning mid-March until May 15, 2015. The program will last from June 14, 2015 until August 1, 2015, and will be capped at forty-five students.
Applicants should possess firm work ethic and some familiarity with the writing and workshop process, and should be comfortable with receiving (and, to some extent, giving) commentary and critique. Applicants should also possess the will to explore and improve! Furthermore, this program can be completed by itself, or paired with another summer workshop or program, so long as the participant’s ability to be an active and participatory mentee is not jeopardized. The program is intentionally flexible, so as to cater to each individual's goal for the workshop.
Please note that this opportunity will not offer academic credit (this is a friendship, not a class!), that participation in this workshop is not a route to publication in our journal, and that mentors and/or the program director have the right to terminate a mentee’s involvement with the program at any time, should issues arise. At the end of the day, we are looking for the best potential: the writers with the drive to explore and discuss, the courage to delete and leap, and the determination to apply what they discover to future writings.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Applications for this year’s mentorship program consist of two mandatory parts—a Writer’s Statement and a Writing Sample, with the additional voluntary component of an academic transcript in .PDF form. The Writer’s Statement should detail the applicant’s specific interest in pursuing The Adroit Journal’s summer mentorship program--what is it about our program and mission that peaks your interest? Why this workshop? How would you spend your time with us? We want to know.
While we of course suggest mentioning your experience and accomplishment with the writing and workshop processes, we will evaluate applications looking primarily for 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.
The Writing Sample should consist of between four and five poems or between eight and ten pages of prose (excerpts acceptable). Please note at this time we are not considering applicants for the prose genres of novel/novella.
As noted above, applications should be sent via our submission manager via this category. Please note that applications for this year’s program will be accepted until May 15, 2015. All decisions will be released by no later than May 25, 2015.
THE SELECTION PROCESS...
Each mentor will carefully evaluate all applications, and will gather to ultimately select his or her mentees (a maximum of four per mentor). Please note that there will be no hierarchical method or process in this selection, and that mentors will be looking for not necessarily the 'best' work, but the work that they are most excited about pushing and pulling in new directions. At this time, while applicants may not conditionally apply to be included under a certain mentor’s instruction, applicants may discuss or indicate their preferences as part of their Writer’s Statement. Please direct any additional questions to the Editors at email@example.com.
THE MENTORS - 2015
Peter LaBerge - Founder & Director
Aria Aber - Poetry
Samantha Bares - Poetry
Nicky Cayless - Poetry
Alexander Cendrowski - Fiction
Alexa Derman - Dramatic Script
Aline Dolinh - Poetry
Michelle Donahue - Poetry
Cody Ernst - Poetry
Jackson Holbert - Poetry
Kaitlin Jennrich - Fiction
Lucia LoTempio - Poetry
Amanda Silberling - Journalism
Talin Tahajian - Poetry
Oriana Tang - Fiction
Class of 2014
Mentors: Elizabeth Ballou, Alexa Derman, Katherine Frain, Kaitlin Jennrich, Caleb Kaiser, Peter LaBerge, and Talin Tahajian.
Mentees: Rebecca Alifimoff, Ethan Aronson, Adelina Ceretto, Lindsay Emi, Robert Esposito, Charlotte Goddu, Eden Arielle Gordon, Erica Guo, Caroline Harris, Maddie Kim, Jessica Li, Erica Lin, Emma Lister, Helene Lovett, Emily Mack, Alyssa Mulé, Meredith Prochaska, Christina Qiu, Lucy Silbaugh, Jasmine Simms, Audrey Spensley, Lily Spiro, Oriana Tang, Sarah Tran, and Daniel Warner.
Class of 2013
Mentors: Sarah Fletcher, Caleb Kaiser, Peter LaBerge, and Emma Townley-Smith.
Mentees: Julia Allen, Samantha Ardoin, Yasmin Belkhyr, Samantha Berkefeld, Rachel Bunting, Emily Burns, Brittany Clark, Sarah Craig, Flora de Falbe, Lauren Finkle, Katherine Frain, Miles Hewitt, Lily Kerfoot, Alicia Lai, Owen Lucas, Jane Loechler, Molly McGinnis, Reiss McGuinness, Bridget Menasche, Jacob Oet, Amanda Prager, Christina Qiu, Abigail Schott-Rosenfield, Amanda Silberling, Sarah Stanton, Talin Tahajian, Lucy Wainger, and Shelley Whitaker.
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 BLOG SUBMISSIONS:
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.
GUEST COLUMN PROPOSALS:
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.
We are currently evaluating applications for our SUMMER 2015 READING PERIOD, May 2015 - August 2015. Thanks!
In recent years, the journal has exponentially expanded--reflected through halving acceptance rates, doubling submission counts, and more appearance in news/print/media than ever before! This is a fabulous thing. That said, it has become more difficult to manage submissions and related responsibilities, so we'd like to extend the opportunity for young writers and artists of high school and college age to apply to join The Adroit Journal’s staff.
There are a number of positions available, but before that is discussed, it is important to emphasize that all staff positions should be taken seriously. The journal and its genre editors reserve the right to ask any staff member or editor to step down if he or she is not fulfilling expected opportunities.
But don't let that scare you away. I know I speak for the large majority of writers and artists when I say that, without my experience with the journal these past two years, I would not have a perspective on literature and art anywhere near as developed. Honestly, the journal has grown to provide an incredible staff and contributor community, as well as a unique blend of emerging and established voices. In other words, being involved with the journal is a worthwhile experience, so you should apply to join us!
I. Please pick one of the positions below and briefly 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, art 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.
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) & 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) 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: https://adroit.submittable.com/submit/8227.
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 randomly selected 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 'firstname.lastname@example.org' within a week of our sending them to you. Failure to comply with 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,’ so much as you are assessing whether it is a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ fit for an upcoming issue of the journal (based on the journal’s overall taste in literary poetry & prose).
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.
NOTE: accepted applicants will begin work for the journal at the beginning of the ensuing reading period.
Please feel free to ask questions or inquire for more information by dropping me an email at email@example.com. 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!
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: This section is anonymous.
Note #2: Please do not use the rating tools--keep your evaluation confined to subjective commentary and constructive criticism. Thanks!