Anonymous asked: would adroit consider reading a piece of fiction longer than 2500 words?

Hi! Something close to the word limit probably will be fine so long as it’s engaging. Something significantly over might have a better home elsewhere.

— Alexa // Managing Editor

Thinking about summer already? So are we.

That’s why we want you to apply to the Adroit Journal’s 2014 Summer Mentorship program. Participating writers will be paired with an experience Adroit staff member who will work with them one-on-one on developing their voice and improving their work. We’re seeking the most creative, passionate young writers we can find, so if you’re a high school student this year, send in an application to our free online workshop! 

DEADLINE: May 15th



Looking forward to reviewing applications!

Anonymous asked: Can high school staff members apply for the mentorship program as well?

Hi! Current staff members cannot apply for the summer mentorship — however, past staff members may apply. Current staff members can, however, take advantage of our staff writing workshop on submittable!

— Alexa // Managing Editor

Anonymous asked: This question may seem amateur--and perhaps has an obvious answer--but are the rejection e-mails completely automated, or are they customized slightly? If the e-mail includes something about wanting to hear from us, the writers, again at some point, does that mean there was something, however small, that the editors enjoyed about the work? Or did they perhaps see potential in the writer? Thanks!

Hi! Adroit utilizes tiered declines — one that encourages the writer to submit again, and another “close call” decline that asks them to send us more soon. Hope this helps!

— Alexa // Managing Editor

Introducing… WE ASK OUR PARENTS ABOUT POETRY! (Amanda Silberling, Poetry Reader)

We Ask Our Parents About Poetry
By Bindu Bansinath, Blog Editor

It’s with pleasure and some cleverly-timed winking that I introduce The Adroit Journal Blog’s new biweekly series, “We Ask Our Parents About Poetry.” Every feature, an Adroit Journal staff member will volunteer the innerworkings of his or her family life by interviewing parents and guardians about writing. And while the series’ fun, alliterative title suggests this series is focused only on poetry, the “writing” we’re asking our beloved parents about can include prose, prose-poems, the writing process—in short, just about anything. My own life as a writer lends itself to a dramatically fluctuating ego: with acceptances, there’s an internal scene, and with rejections, there’s an even grander internal scene. I know the support of family and friends is, therefore, as appreciated as it is vital—when I publish in a magazine you’ve never heard of, buddy, it’s still your love and support that keeps me going.

Now. Given all the niceties.

The actual instance in which a parent or loved one Googles your writing and reads it—has anyone ever walked in on you watching compromising videos? Ever towel-dropped by accident, or watched succeed you into the bathroom stall after you’d finished serious business?

In short, it can be (but isn’t always!) mortifying. Loved ones can’t always dissociate work from the writer. Everything could be taken for a messy reveal, and may the universe help you in the very likely event that your work draws upon real life and real people. Such as, but not excluding, parents.

So, perhaps not unfortunately, parents remain in the dark about the work of their children. It’s a kind of consensual, unspoken cluelessness. Which is why “We Ask Our Parents About Poetry,” brought to you courtesy of Adroit’s always ingenious Editor-in-Chief, Peter LaBerge, is such fun. It’s time to speak the delicately unspoken. 


This week, we’re proud to present Poetry Reader Amanda Silberling!

Amanda Silberling is a two-time commended Foyle Young Poet of the Year and a Scholastic Gold Medalist in Poetry. Recently, her writing has appeared in The Fat City Review, Nostrovia Poetry, The Louisville Review, and The Los Angeles Times, among other places. In addition to her work with Adroit, she is an editor at Polyphony H.S and the Managing Editor of Winter Tangerine Review. Amanda is currently a high school senior in South Florida, and will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, where she plans to study English and Creative Writing.

Amanda Silberling (Poetry Reader): How would you define poetry?

Lisa Silberling (Mother): Beautiful written work that flows, that does not necessarily need to rhyme, and has a purpose.

Ken Silberling (Father): Art made with words.

AS: How is that different from prose?

Ken: Umm, poetry is shorter, and more succinct.

Lisa: But what about The Odyssey?

Ken: Ehh, I’m not into The Odyssey.

AS: What makes a poem good?

Lisa: That you understand it. 

Ken: It makes you think about yourself… Self-reflection.

Lisa: You can follow the story, and what the author’s trying to tell you, or express.

Ken: It’s somebody’s unique perspective on life. 

AS: What’s your favorite poem or poet?

Lisa: (in jest) Amanda Silberling! Of course!

Ken: You know, I don’t spend a lot of time reading poetry.

Lisa: I don’t read poetry, but when [you and your brother] were children, I used to read Shel Silverstein to you, and I mean, I loved it. I remember being in the dentist’s office with your brother, and Shel Silverstein was the scariest… Okay, Shel Silverstein, when he was alive, and he had The Sidewalk… or something…

Ken: The tree?

Lisa: Yes! The Giving Tree!

AS: Those are two different things.

Lisa: Well, in the very back of the book, on the back cover, Shel Silverstein was a very ugly man. He was bald, he had a mustache and a beard— he was just scary looking, and I kept thinking, why in the world would you put a huge picture of your face on the back of your own book? I mean, he was scary looking! But I do like reading Shel Silverstein. 
Actually, the first works that you and your brother ever read were Dr. Seuss! Because it rhymed, and it was easy, and if you knew “red,” you knew “bed.” It just gave you encouragement to read. But yeah, I personally don’t read poetry. Except Amanda Silberling. Occasionally Peter LaBerge…

Ken: Suess. Suess is the man.

Lisa: Yeah, he’s the man.

AS: True or false: The Adroit Journal is a charitable literary magazine.

Lisa: True.

Ken: Charitable…?

Lisa: According to your college applications, yes.

Ken: I don’t know if you would call it charitable… Let’s just say… It’s art. Maybe it’s a not-for-profit, but is it charity? No. It’s giving the world the gift of art, and it’s giving young people opportunities to express themselves to a mass audience, but I wouldn’t consider it charity.

AS: It’s true. We’ve donated proceeds to the Acumen Fund, and last issue, we collaborated on a feature with the Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights. We also did a Cuban Dissidents feature a few issues ago.

Ken: Well, that answers that question.

AS: Another Adroit question— how many issue of Adroit have been published?

Ken: Three thousand, two hundred, and forty-one.

Lisa: Hmm… Sixteen?

AS: Eight.

Lisa: What!? You’re slacking! (laughing) Who cares about school?

AS: This question is for Mom. Tell me about the time you fell asleep because of my poetry.

Lisa: Oh, no. Okay, so really, really late at night…

Ken: It was around 9 P.M…

Lisa: Stop! Really late at night, Amanda was reading me her poetry, and she had just flown home from the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, so I was tired… And I closed my eyes because I wanted to imagine all the images… and I fell asleep! So now she’s going to dedicate her first book: “To my mother, who fell asleep when I read her my poems.” I was just closing my eyes because I wanted to hear the imagery, but I was really tired. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

AS: For the last question, you’re both going to be looking at three poems. One of them is a poem by yours truly, one of them is a poem in the latest issue of Adroitwhich is the eighth!— and the last one was written by Sylvia Plath. The names are taken off of each poem, and you have to identify which is which.

Lisa: Okay, Sylvia Plath wanted to kill herself right? Let’s see if that helps.

[Reading “Gold Mouths Cry” by Sylvia Plath]

Lisa: “… sunlight of a thousand years upon his lips…” Ooh, that’s pretty.

[Reading “Open Curtain, Closed Window” by Amanda Silberling]

Lisa: “Dee drowned in a bathtub…” Oh, this is definitely Sylvia Plath… Wait! “…dried out like sweet potato skins…” You love sweet potato! I don’t know, that’s a giveaway, right there! 

[Reading “Topography of Not” by Quinn White, Adroit Contributor]

Ken: Okay, I’ve got my answer.

AS: What do you think it is?

Ken: I know it. Okay, I think Sylvia Plath is the first, Amanda is the second, and Adroit is the third.

Lisa: Oh my God, because “sweet potato skins” gives it away… So I think, “Open Curtain, Closed Window” is you… Sorry, girl. I am 100% agreed with your father. That’s what I think about the poems. Although, you could do “Gold Mouths Cry.”

Ken: Ehh, no, not that one. I thought that one was… bad.

Lisa: Okay, how wrong are we?

AS: You’re actually both 100% correct. I’m kind of shocked.

Lisa: Ahh! We know our daughter. The “sweet potato” was a giveaway for me.

Ken: I mean, quite frankly, I wasn’t too crazy about Sylvia Plath. I mean, gold, bronze… big deal.

Lisa: And “Topography of Not,” well, that sounded kind of deep, so it’s Adroit.

Ken: Yeah, that one was crazy…

AS: Is there anything else you’d like to add before we close?

Lisa: Why are you asking us such hard questions?

Are you an emerging high school writer?


The Adroit Journal is seeking passionate and creative young writers grades 9-12 (as of 2013-2014 school year) to participate in our all-new Summer Mentorship Program! Selected writers will be paired with an experienced Adroit staff member and work one-on-one to workshop writing, develop new techniques, and polish pieces. Participation is flexible and FREE! Apply now here.

(via theadroitjournal)

Anonymous asked: Do you have an age limit on who can submit poems or can anyone?

Anyone can submit to the journal, but only students will be considered for the Adroit Prizes.

— Alexa // Managing Editor

Anonymous asked: hello! i wanted to submit a piece of creative nonfiction (specifically memoir). should that be submitted under prose or other (words)?

You should submit it under prose, but perhaps indicate in your cover letter that the piece is nonfiction.

— Alexa // Managing Editor

Adroit Meets the 2014 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

The Ancient Greeks had six words for love, and we’re using them all to describe the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! CONGRATULATIONS to all Adroit-affiliated high school students who received national recognition from the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Special congratulations to Prose Reader Nathan Cummings, who received one of eight 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medals for Writing Portfolio!

Gold Medal – Writing Portfolio
Gold Medal – Flash Fiction

AARON ORBEY (Prose Reader)
Silver Medal – Writing Portfolio

ALEX ZHANG (Issue Eight Cover Artist)
Silver Medal – Poetry

ALEXA DERMAN (Managing Editor)
Gold Medal – Flash Fiction
Gold Medal – Dramatic Script
Gold Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir

Gold Medal – Short Story

CATHERINE MOSIER-MILLS (Prose Reader & Contributor)
Gold Medal – Short Story

CHRISTINA QIU (Summer Workshop Participant & Contributor)
Gold Medal – Short Story
Silver Medal – Flash Fiction

CLAIRE LEE (Poetry Reader)
Silver Medal – Writing Portfolio

FRANCES SAUX (Contributor)
Gold Medal – Short Story

JULIA ALLEN (Editorial Intern)
Silver Medal – Poetry

JACKIE YANG (Prose Reader)
Silver Medal – Short Story

Silver Medal – Short Story

Silver Medal – Writing Portfolio

YASMIN BELKYR (Summer Workshop Participant & Contributor)
Gold Medal – Poetry
Gold Medal – Flash Fiction

Are you an emerging high school writer?


The Adroit Journal is seeking passionate and creative young writers grades 9-12 (as of 2013-2014 school year) to participate in our all-new Summer Mentorship Program! Selected writers will be paired with an experienced Adroit staff member and work one-on-one to workshop writing, develop new techniques, and polish pieces. Participation is flexible and FREE! Apply now here.

Best of Adroit: Ruth Foley, “In Another Life”

Below, check out Best of Adroit: 2010-2013 contributor Ruth Foley reading her poem “In Another Life,” and be sure to check out the full issue this spring, online or in print!

I’ve written a great deal about the death of my foster sister in a car accident when I was eleven and she was twenty-five. She always seemed so grown-up to me—when I turned twenty-five, then twenty-six, I started wondering what she would have thought of me as an adult, and then I suppose it was natural for me to begin to wonder what I would have thought of her. I started work on this poem sometime after what would have been her fiftieth birthday, when she had suddenly been dead for longer than she was alive—and for much longer than she lived with us. I don’t know if she would have come into her own in any of the ways I list here, but it makes me happy to think she might have.


Ruth Foley  lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her recent work is appearing or forthcoming in Sou’wester, The Bellingham Review, Yemassee, and Caesura, among others. Her chapbook, Dear Turquoise, is available from Dancing Girl Press. She also serves as Managing Editor for Cider Press Review.

Are you an emerging high school writer?

The Adroit Journal is seeking passionate and creative young writers grades 9-12 (as of 2013-2014 school year) to participate in our all-new Summer Mentorship Program! Selected writers will be paired with an experienced Adroit staff member and work one-on-one to workshop writing, develop new techniques, and polish pieces. Participation is flexible and FREE! Apply now here.

Anonymous asked: about the mentorship program, should we mention if we've tried to get internships/published with Adroit previously? and are acceptances announced all at once or on a rolling basis? thank you!

Hi! Whether or not you’d like to include that information is up to you. If your past experience with Adroit has helped develop your understanding of our mission, that would be something great to include! Otherwise, it’s really your choice.

Acceptances will be announced all at once, no later than June 1st.


- Alexa // Managing Editor

Anonymous asked: about your mentorship program, are we allowed to use pieces we've submitted to adroit before as our writing sample, or do we have to submit something new? thanks!

You can submit any pieces you’d like — whatever you feel represents your best work!

- Alexa // Managing Editor

Anonymous asked: Hi! I just got an email about your new mentorship program and I was wondering if applicants will be selected on a rolling basis or if all applications will be evaluated before selection? Thank you!

All applications will be evaluated before selection. Thanks for your question!

- Alexa // Managing Editor