Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2020 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.  


About the Program

Now in its eighth year, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely 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 2020 program will cater to the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and creative 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 2020 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program will open on March 15th, and will remain open until April 15th. The program will last from June 21st until August 2nd.

The Application

Applications for this year’s mentorship program consist of three parts—a Writer’s Statement, a Writing Sample, and an Academic Transcript.

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 (max of ten pages, with each poem starting on a new page) or between eight and twelve double-spaced pages of fiction or nonfiction (excerpts are acceptable).

The Academic Transcript is as an optional component that is primarily used as a verification of student status. Transcripts may be official or unofficial, and should ideally be in PDF form. No need to upload multiple transcripts if you’ve changed schools during your high school career—your latest transcript will suffice. If not sent with your application, a transcript is required when accepting a cohort spot.

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 to more than one genre, please include two complete writing samples in one file, one for each genre, with your second-choice genre following the first.

Tuition for participation in the full program is $295/student. Please note that there is no application fee. Furthermore, we want to assure applicants for whom tuition will be a barrier that fee remission and generous financial aid will be available. Financial need will be addressed entirely separately, and will not be an influencing factor on the mentorship’s admission decisions. Program co-directors will not have access to financial need information until after admission decisions have been made.

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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