Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2019 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.  


About the Program

Now in its seventh year, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely free and online program that pairs experienced writers with high school and secondary students (students in grades 9-12) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing. The 2019 program will cater to the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The aim of the mentorship program is not formalized instruction, but rather an individualized, flexible, and often informal correspondence. Poetry mentorship students will share weekly work with mentors and peers, while prose mentorship students will share biweekly work with mentors and peers.

We are very proud of our alumni. Students have subsequently been recognized through the National YoungArts Foundation & United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts designation, the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards, among a plethora of others. Over 65% of mentorship graduates have matriculated at Ivy League universities, Stanford, UChicago, or Oxbridge. Click here to view the mentorship alumni college list.

Applications for The 2019 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program will remain open until April 15th. The 2019 program will last from June 23rd until August 3rd. 

The Application

Applications for this year’s mentorship program consist of two mandatory parts—a Writer’s Statement and a Writing Sample. The Writer’s Statement (between 1-2 pages double-spaced) should detail the applicant’s specific interest in pursuing The Adroit Journal’s summer mentorship program. Don’t be afraid to be creative and original. We like that.

The Writing Sample should consist of between four and five poems or between eight and twelve double-spaced pages of fiction or nonfiction (excerpts acceptable). You may include work that you have sent (or plan to send) to us for consideration (including work sent for consideration in the Adroit Prizes and/or the Djanikian Scholars Program). Please double space fiction and nonfiction samples, and single space poetry samples. If you wish to do so, you may also upload an Academic Transcript to supplement your application.

Students who wish to apply to multiple genres may do so by utilizing both the First Choice and Second Choice options in the mentorship application form linked below. Important: If you wish to apply with both First Choice and Second Choice options, please include two complete writing samples in one file, one for each genre, with your second-choice genre following the first. 

Each year, students ask for tips. Here’s the biggest one we can give: in the statement, tell us why you want to spend your summer in this program, rather than simply in a summer program writing or reading or editing. Again, why ours? As always, the more specifics, the better.


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