Please read submission guidelines located under the 'Submit' tab on The Adroit Journal's website

Prose - up to 3 pieces at a time, 9,000 words maximum (across pieces).
Poetry - up to 6 poems at a time, no length limits.
Art - up to 6 pieces at a time, both black/white & color accepted.

Since inception, the journal has been listed for extended periods among's 25 Fastest & Most Challenging Poetry and Fiction Markets, and has been the #1 Poetry Market with the Most Submission Responses Reported for the past two years.

We are currently OPEN to submissions of poetry for our 2021-2022 Gregory Djanikian Scholars Opportunity. Please see here for details!

*Please include a third-person bio in your cover letter for submission.* 

The Gregory Djanikian Scholarships

Gregory Djanikian was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and came to the United States when he was eight years old. He has published seven poetry collections, the latest of which is Sojourners of the In-Between (CMU Press). His work appears in American Poetry ReviewBest American PoetryBoulevardPoetrySouthern Review, and TriQuarterly, among others. Until retiring, he was the longstanding Director of Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where he greatly enriched both the Adroit Journal as well as its staff of emerging writers.

We'd like to recognize and encourage the gift of such support by offering it ourselves, to six writers in need of affirmation and support. In honor of Greg's contribution to emerging student and non-student writers at Penn and around the world, we recognize six emerging poets as Gregory Djanikian Scholars in Poetry each year.

We are currently OPEN to entries for the 2021 Gregory Djanikian Scholars opportunity, through December 21, 2021

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About Djanikian Scholars

We annually recognize six emerging student or non-student poets as Gregory Djanikian Scholars. All emerging writers who have not published full-length collections are eligible (regardless of age, geographic location, or educational status), and are encouraged to submit. Writers with forthcoming debut full-length collections are eligible so long as collections won't appear earlier than April 2022.

Gregory Djanikian Scholars receive $100 and publication of their portfolios of poems in a future issue of the Adroit Journal. Finalists will be awarded copies of Greg's latest collection, Sojourners of the In-Between, and a list of semifinalists determined by the editors will be released with results.

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Submission Guidelines

Submissions may include up to six poems (max of ten single-spaced pages). Simultaneous submissions, previously published submissions, and submissions recognized by outside organizations are accepted, provided that a) a full catalogue of publication history for enclosed poems is included in the submission and b) at least one poem in the submission remains unpublished. Submitters should reach out promptly via email ( if work disclosed as unpublished is accepted elsewhere.

Writers are welcome to additionally submit enclosed work to the Adroit Prizes as well as through our general submission portal, though we are not currently open to general submissions. We are also happy to consider revisions of work previously submitted to the Adroit Prizes, to the Djanikian Scholars opportunity, or through the general submissions portal (including work currently in progress or work that has recently received an editorial decision). Finally, please note that each writer may not send more than one entry per year for Djanikian Scholars.

As mentioned above, all emerging writers who have not published full-length collections are eligible (regardless of age, geographic location, or educational status), and Gregory Djanikian Scholars will receive $100 and publication in a future issue of the Adroit Journal. Finalists will be awarded copies of Greg's latest collection, Sojourners of the In-Between, and a list of semifinalists determined by the editors will be released with results.

To accommodate this while offering free online issues, we have set a non-refundable submission fee of $9. If you require financial assistance, you may submit a fee waiver with this form. Due to fee waivers' processing time, fee waivers will only be accepted until December 18th, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.


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Click here to view our Call for Interviews & Reviews, full of titles we'd especially love to see covered.

Thank you for your interest in interviewing or reviewing for us. 

Interviews & Reviews -- we are currently accepting completed reviews and interviews for consideration on our blog.

At this time, we have an aesthetic preference for interviews.

IMPORTANT: Please consult our style guide for reviews and/or our style guide for interviews prior to submission. Thank you!

Click here to view our most recent interviews and reviews.

Unsure of a twist in a story, or the transitions within a poem? If you are a staff member or editor for The Adroit Journal, please feel free to send your writing here (fiction, poetry, song lyrics, prose poetry, etc... anything really!). Other staff members can comment on it, and let you know what they think!

Note: Please do not use the rating tools--keep your evaluation confined to subjective commentary and constructive criticism. Thanks!

First off: please familiarize yourself with the journal by visiting our About page, and perhaps also an issue or two.


PROSE EDITOR: Prose editors are leaders among the prose advocates on our staff. Responsibilities for prose editors include participation in critical editorial leadership communications, contribution to issue formation, editorial decision making, (in some cases) prize adjudication, and management of their very own team of staff readers. (Est. commitment: 5-7 hours per week, with additional work around monthly editorial calls; start date is ASAP.) 


SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT: The social media assistant contributors to sourcing and sharing our social media content, particularly on social media-heavy days like releases and announcements. This role may also incorporate ramping contributions to strategic planning and execution. Experience with social media is required. (Est. commitment: 2-3 hours per week, with additional work around periods of issue proof creation; start date is ASAP.)


FINANCE/ACCOUNTING MANAGER: The Finance/Accounting Manager will perform finance functions, including maintaining accurate finance record keeping with regard to donations, submissions, grants, and other organizational revenues; handling payable requests, invoices, deposits, and other bookkeeping activities; as well as assisting with financial reporting and preparing journal entries. Part-time paid position (5-10 hours/month). Remote.


  • Conduct or support bookkeeping functions, including bill payments, bank deposits, credit card and other expense transactions, e-commerce, bank reconciliation, etc.
  • Record banking and investment account entries
  • Provide administrative support during budget preparation
  • Support preparation for annual audit and required government filings
  • Support preparation of finance information for grant proposals and reporting for funders


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a focus on accounting or bookkeeping
  • One to two years of work experience in nonprofit finance, accounting or related fields
  • Meticulous attention to detail and focus on precision in all aspects of work
  • Ability to both follow and improve accounting processes Experience in QuickBooks and PayPal strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of Excel (required)
  • Exemplary team player with professional demeanor and ability to work independently and collaboratively

Please apply for Finance/Accounting Manager using this Submittable form.



We  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 campus work, or work with specific geographic eligibility requirements, do not apply to this restriction.

As we seek to fill open positions sooner rather than later, we consider applications on a rolling basis.

***Unless otherwise specified, all positions are remote in nature & have a start-date of ASAP.***


I. Please pick one of the positions above and briefly (between 1-2.5 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 experience in the specific field(s), writing publication, and other commendations and accolades, but this Adroit Statement 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:


City & State (hometown)- 

Country (if international)-

High School- 

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. 


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 '' 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. 



*At this time, all roles are volunteer-based unless otherwise stated.

Please feel free to ask questions or inquire for more information by dropping an email to Thank you for your interest!

The Adroit Journal