The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status whose written work inspires the masses to believe beyond feeling the work. In other words, we strive to receive the absolute best work from emerging young writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will receive these two lovely awards.
All secondary and undergraduate students are eligible, including international students and students who have graduated a semester early (in this case, in December 2016). Submissions may include up to six poems (maximum of ten pages single-spaced) and/or up to three works of prose (combined word limit of 3,500 words). Excerpts are acceptable.
Submissions will be accepted exclusively via our online submission manager until February 15, 2017 @ 11:59 pm EST. Simultaneous submissions—as well as submissions that have been recognized by other organizations and/or featured in campus-wide publications—are accepted, provided that simultaneously submitted work is acknowledged as such in the cover letter portion of the submission. Submitters should reach out promptly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if work under consideration is accepted elsewhere.
All submissions will be considered for publication in The Adroit Journal. Each submitter may not send more than one submission per genre, but may send both poetry and prose.
Winners will each receive $200, and their work—along with the work of runners-up—will be featured in The Adroit Journal. Winners, runners-up, and up to eight 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 request a fee waiver by emailing email@example.com with the subject "Fee Waiver Request."
Please direct any additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions may be made via the below form, and will be open until February 15, 2017 @ 11:59 pm EST.
Please submit all poems in one document! Please do not submit prose in the same document as poetry. You may submit prose through the "2017 Adroit Prize for Prose" category. Click here to submit to the Adroit Prize for Prose.
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Safiya Sinclair.
Safiya Sinclair was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the poetry collection Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, and a 2016 Whiting Writers' Award. Sinclair is also the recipient of a 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Amy Clampitt Residency Award. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, New England Review, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.