Submission Guidelines


Thanks to the generous support of our donors, The Adroit Journal pays $50.00 to all poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and Enlightenment contributors, as well as our issue cover artist.

We’re ready for your best work. Pass it along via our online submission manager. To access our Submittable, please click on the genre you wish to submit from the list below.

Poetry – up to 6 poems at a time, no length limits.
Fiction – up to 3 pieces at a time, 9,000 words maximum (across pieces).
Creative Nonfiction – up to 3 pieces at a time, 9,000 words maximum (across pieces).
Art – up to 6 pieces at a time, both black/white & color accepted.
Interviews & Reviews – we are not currently accepting interview & review submissions.

We are currently open to submissions using the above links. Submissions will be accepted via Submittable from September 15th, 2023 until November 1st, 2023.

NOTE: We have heard from some submitters that they receive a security notice upon visiting Submittable. The good folks at Submittable let us know that this security concern usually has to do with a user’s browser not being up to date and suggested if the issue persists to ensure your browser is the most current version. They assured us the webpage is, in fact, secure. Finally, they suggested using the following link to submit:

We consider submissions sent via Submittable. Writers with disabilities or impairments may submit via Submittable or email; these writers may submit to editors[AT]theadroitjournal[DOT]org. Otherwise, we are not open to email submissions, and are not open to submissions sent via post.

When we are open to submissions, please note that we are open to simultaneous submissions (so long as you classify them as such & promptly let us know if they’re accepted elsewhere). Please ensure that you use the MESSAGES tab on Submittable and not the NOTES tab, as the Notes tab is exclusively for your own reference.

Again, click here to access our Submittable page.

Please note that all submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter and brief third-person biography statement, and that (unless otherwise stated) we ask for First North American Rights to publish writing. Following publication, all rights revert back to the writer; we only ask that you credit The Adroit Journal as the place your work first appeared.

If you are a student in high school, college, or university, please see the guidelines for the annual Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose.

To submit, you may visit our submission manager at All inquires regarding submission should be directed to

Happy submitting!

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