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The Adroit Journal (ISSN 2577-9427) was founded in November 2010 by poet Peter LaBerge. At its foundation, the journal has its eyes focused ahead, seeking to showcase what its global staff of emerging writers sees as the future of poetry, prose, and art. Featured in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prizes: Best of the Small Presses, Poetry Daily, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets, and by the New York Times, the Paris Review, Teen Vogue, PBS, and NPR, the journal has featured the voices of Terrance Hayes, Rita Dove, Ocean Vuong, Franny Choi, D. A. Powell, Mark Doty, Lydia Millet, NoViolet Bulawayo, Ned Vizzini, Fatimah Asghar, Danez Smith, and beyond. The journal sponsors the annual Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose for secondary and undergraduate writers, the annual Djanikian Scholars Program for emerging student and non-student writers, and the free, online Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program for high school students from around the world.
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We accept the following during our open reading periods (4 x year) via Submittable. 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. Interviews & Reviews – we are currently accepting both via Submittable, but please review our guidelines before submitting In addition, we accept submissions for the Adroit Prizes (for high school and undergraduate writers), for the Gregory Djanikian Scholars prize (for poets without a published full-length collection), and for our Mentorship Program for high school writers. We don't read blind.
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