Thank you for your interest in serving as a mentor for the 2018 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.


Now in its six 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 (as of the current academic year) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing. The 2018 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 from this program. Previous 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. Click here to view the mentorship alumni college list.

Mentors will be evaluated and accepted on a ROLLING BASISThe program will last from June 24, 2018 until August 4, 2018, and will be capped at fifty students. 

Mentees will possess firm work ethic and some familiarity with the writing and workshop process, and will be comfortable with receiving (and, to some extent, giving) commentary and critique. Participation in this program (whether as a mentor or a mentee) is not a route to publication in the journal. Mentors and/or the program director will have the right to terminate a mentee’s involvement with the program at any time, should issues arise. At the end of the day, each year our goal is to provide a safe space where teenage writers with potential may blossom into writers with the ability to explore and discuss, the courage to delete and leap, and the determination to apply what they discover to future writings.


Mentors must be at least eighteen years of age, and may be previously affiliated or unaffiliated with The Adroit Journal. The ideal Mentor is organized, knowledgeable about either contemporary poetry or prose, able to work well with others, and plans to be reachable for the duration of the program—late-June to early-August. Additionally, the ideal Mentor has experience in the classroom with creative writing, whether as a student, a teacher/professor, or both.

If you would like to apply for more than one genre, please note your preferences using the dropdown boxes in the application (though each Mentor will be limited to one genre of mentorship per summer). If selected to participate in the program, Mentors will have the option of creating an original syllabus, using one of three syllabus models provided by the Program Director, or using an outside syllabus.

Mentors will be assigned students by the Program Director, Editor-in-Chief, & Managing Editor based on aesthetic fit.


Applications for invited returning mentors involve sending along updated materials (headshot, third-person bio, etc.) for this year's program. Returning mentors do not have to complete full applications to reapply. 

As noted above, applications should be sent through our submission manager via this category. Please note that applications to mentor for this year’s summer mentorship program will be accepted until Thursday, February 15th. 


"Having seen the mentorship program from both sides, as both mentee and mentor, I can honestly say it’s a profoundly beautiful and affirming experience for both parties. Not only did the program improve the quality of my writing, but it also introduced me to an incredible community of writers that has been a critical support network as I and my writing have grown."

Oriana Tang, Mentee '14 and Mentor '15
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts (Poetry & Short Story)
Davidson Fellow in Literature
National YoungArts Finalist in Writing (Poetry & Short Story)

"The Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced. There, I found a community of young writers who were interested in engaging with poetry in an exciting way and in growing as people and writers. The mentorship helped me find/develop my poetic voice, explore my poetry and stretch the limits of what poetry could be for me, and make lasting friendships with like-minded artists. I recommend the mentorship to anyone who wants to strengthen their understanding of their own work and build long-lasting, wonderful friendships with other young writers."

Aidan Forster, Mentee '15
National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold & Best in Grade Medalist
National YoungArts Finalist in Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Publication in Best New Poets, Indiana Review, Pleiades, Tin House, and elsewhere

"The Adroit Journal’s mentorship program helped me find a steady poetic voice and learn how to intensively edit poems. I made some lasting friendships with other mentees and mentors—one of the other mentees, Aidan Forster and I, went on to create an online community for young LGBT+ writers once the mentorship ended, as well as an LGBT+ focused literary publication called Fissure. The Adroit Journal, never mind its network of emerging and established writers, never ceases to astound me."

Brynne Rebele-Henry, Mentee '15
Author, Fleshgraphs (Nightboat Books, 2016)
Author, Autography of a Wound (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019) 
Recipient, AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
Recipient, Adroit Prize for Prose
Publication in Denver Quarterly, jubilat, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere

"This mentorship program was truly a remarkable experience. Not only were the mentors and mentees professional and thorough, they were open-minded to my ideas and ideologies, my beliefs and personal predilections. They didn’t rewrite my work for me but pushed me towards discovery and revision through their thought-provoking questions about imagery, form, and syntax."

Alex Greenberg, Mentee '15
Five-Time Commendation, Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards
Publication in Columbia Poetry Review, Florida Review, Salt Hill, Third Coast, Washington Square, and elsewhere


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