Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do you look for in a poem? A story? Any certain element?
A: We love to be captivated by pieces that flow well, use language beautifully, introduce literary elements in an organic way, and are enjoyable to read. In general, our poetry is known for being lyric, while our fiction is known for being less so. Basically: our taste is continually developing, so definitely share what you've got -- there's certainly no downside!

Q: I just submitted eight poems and three pieces of prose, and none of them made it into the journal. This means I can't submit until the next reading period, right?
A: WRONG! We are intentionally open to reviewing as many poems and/or pieces of prose from you as you'd like to send. As young, emerging writers ourselves, we are very aware of how surprising the publication industry can be -- sometimes a piece that you consider not as strong lands well at a publication, whereas sometimes a piece that you thought would fit didn't quite. As long as you do not have any more than eight poems or three pieces of prose under consideration (i.e. In-Progress on Submittable) at any given time, you're free to continue sharing. That is, as soon as you hear back on one piece, you're free to send another; as soon as you hear back on a group of works, you're free to send another.

Q: I was wondering if the length of time a piece is In-Progress on Submittable means anything? For instance, if I submitted something a month ago, and it's still in-progress, does that mean that it has a higher chance of being accepted?
A: Short answer: Probably. Long answer: Not necessarily. As much as we generally try to respond to all submissions within two weeks, sometimes submissions sneak under the radar and before we know it, three or four weeks have slipped by. However, in 99% of cases, if your work is still In-Progress after two weeks or so, it's safe to say that we're actively considering your piece(s) for publication. It means your piece has made us pause and think.

Q: What are you expected to include in a cover letter?
A: We'd like a cover letter with a brief (a paragraph or so, generally no more than five sentences) third-person biography. Of course, well-written work stands alone anywhere, but our lives would be much easier if we had a bio to use attached to the submission, in the case of acceptance. P.S. Hello's and specifics never hurt!

Q: Will issues of The Adroit Journal be completely available online from now on?
A: Going forward, the journal will be primarily online, yes. We like it that way.

Q: Is there any age limit for submitting? Do you ever end up publishing pieces by really young people?
A: There is no age limit for submitting; we simply publish what we perceive to be the absolute best (I hesitate to use that word) work we get. If that came from someone aged 11 or 110, it wouldn't make a difference.