The Adroit Journal 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.

Recently recognized in Pushcart Prizes: Best of the Small PressesPoetry DailyBest of the Net, Best New Poets, Best American Nonrequired ReadingVerse Daily, Teen Vogue, and NPR, among others, the journal has featured the voices of Dorianne Laux, Alex Dimitrov, Laura Kasischke, Terrance Hayes, Lydia Millet, Ellen Bass, NoViolet Bulawayo, Diane Glancy, Ned Vizzini, and beyond.

Anthology Presence


The journal is currently published on a quarterly online basis. In 2013, we released Best of Adroit: 2010-2013, comprised of staff-selected work from our first seven print issues. Funded in large part by the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, the journal sponsors the annual Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose to recognize exceptional secondary and undergraduate writers.

We’re looking for work that’s bizarre, authentic, subtle, outrageous, indefinable, raw, paradoxical. We’ve got our eyes on the horizon. Send us writing that lives just between the land and the sky.


"The Adroit Journal offers a revitalizing change of pace from those journals that are only self-concerned. This publication understands that literature can and should effect social change."
      - Marilyn Kallet, Director, University of Tennessee Creative Writing Program

The Adroit Journal brings together a stellar collection of voices from around the world. The quality of the undergraduate writing (what we read for Plain China) is top-notch. Bravo to Peter LaBerge and his global network of editors and writers.”
      - Rebecca Godwin, Founder & Faculty Editor, Plain China: Best Undergraduate Writing Anthology