Submission Guidelines

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 – currently accepting both via Submittable, but please review our guidelines before submitting.

Thank you to all writers & artists who submitted to our most recent call for submissions! We are not open for submissions currently, but can’t wait to reopen this summer. We will reach out to our mailing list once we have reopened, so be sure to sign up for updates using the below form! 

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.

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:

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If you are based internationally and not in the U.S., please select "International".


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.

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Please submit no more than two (2) times per genre per reading period. Additional submissions will be returned unread.

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!