First off: please familiarize yourself with the journal by visiting our About page, and perhaps also an issue or two.
POETRY READER: Poetry readers get the first crack at all submissions in their specified genre, and are expected to review poetry submissions regularly and consistently. Reviewing submissions includes voting, providing comments, and participating in occasional editorial meetings hosted over Google Hangouts. (Est. commitment: 3 hrs/week.)
PROSE READER: Prose readers get the first crack at all submissions in their specified genre, and are expected to review fiction and nonfiction submissions regularly and consistently. Reviewing submissions includes voting, providing comments, and participating in occasional editorial meetings hosted over Google Hangouts. (Est. commitment: 3 hrs/week.)
STAFF COMMUNITY MANAGER: The Staff Community Manager will be responsible for instituting periodic activity checks to maintain satisfactory and consistent staff activity, as well as providing periodic feedback to ensure that readers receive actionable and respectful messaging around suggested areas of improvement. The SCM will refine and implement a Staff Development Plan and will maintain communication with the journal’s staff reading family to create the reading teams behind The Adroit Journal’s issues. The SCM will report to the Editor-in-Chief, and should have prior experience with management and coordination (particularly as it relates to interpersonal communication and/or HR). Join us, and help make reading for us an even more unforgettable, enriching experience! (Est. commitment: 4 hrs/week.)
INTERVIEWER OR REVIEWER: We are open to applications to interview or review for us on a rolling basis. Click here for details.
We are open to applicants for prose reader from emerging writers only (writers who have not published a full-length book—collection, novel, etc.—with a press).
All other positions are fully open to all readers and writers. At this time, we are not open to staff readers of other internationally-staffed unaffiliated literary journals. Publications that consider solely student or specific geographic submissions do not apply to this restriction.
We are looking to fill these positions sooner rather than later, and will be considering applications on a rolling basis.
***Unless otherwise specified, the below positions are remote in nature & have a start-date of ASAP.***
I. Please pick one of the positions below and briefly (between 1-1.5 pages double spaced) 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, 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 the position and 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.
Please 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) (if applicable)-
FOR ALL POSITIONS BUT POETRY & PROSE READER: If we think you might be a good match for the position, we will be in touch to schedule an interview.
FOR POETRY & PROSE READER/EDITOR APPLICATIONS:
2. We ask that you provide a short sampling of your work (4-5 poems or 1-2 short stories/essays (max 10 pages double-spaced)) to supplement your written statement. This should be attached to the submission/application as a document. This is not to 'screen' writers and artists, but rather to get a better glimpse of who you are as a creator and, thus, as a person.
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 pieces from our archives. These will serve as some sample submissions, which you will be asked to evaluate from the perspective 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' by the specified deadline. Failure to complete 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,' nor should you be approaching submissions with a checklist mentality. Think about trying on the journal's aesthetic.
*NOTE: YOU MAY APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE POSITION WITH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL ADROIT STATEMENTS IF YOU FEEL IT DISCUSSES EXPERIENCE/ENGAGEMENT/ENTHUSIASM IN BOTH REALMS.
*At this time, all roles are volunteer-based.
Please feel free to ask questions or inquire for more information by dropping an email to email@example.com. Thank you for your interest!