Interview with Adam Robinson, Co-founder of Real Pants

January 20th, 2015 by

Adam Robinson, poet, HTMLGiant writer, and publisher of Publishing Genius Press, was one of Submittable’s first clients. He and Amy McDaniel recently launched Real Pants, a literary website with the tagline literature and the new literary community. In our latest interview, I talked to Adam about Real Pants and Publishing Genius, his thoughts on the literary community, and how to get into independent publishing.

Photo courtesy of Adam Robinson

Purposely misspelled. (Photo courtesy of Adam Robinson)

Asta: How did you and Amy McDaniel come to start Real Pants?

Adam: I’d been wanting to have an active blog at Publishing Genius for a long time. Every once in a while I’d put something up, but always unsystematically. When I suggested to Amy that she help systematize things, she was only mildly interested. I don’t think I made a good offer. But as we talked about it and formulated it as its own thing, distinct from Publishing Genius, with its own awesome contributors, it took on a life of its own.

Asta: How did you get to the name “Real Pants”?

Adam: We had a long list, many design terms, including “Section Break,” which we actually decided on for a while—we bought and (really proud of that). Then we thought Section Break didn’t have enough pizzazz. So back to the drawing board. We talked about it for hours, days, weeks. At one point after talking about it all day, Amy had to run out and meet a friend. She said, “I gotta put real pants on,” because we were, you know, in lounge wear. Like writers, all day in our sweats. Then, as she was walking away, Amy yelled, “Real Pants!”

Asta: What is the “new literary community”? I’m especially interested in the “community” aspect.

Adam: We’re especially interested in the community aspect, too—but a word to the literary aspect. We are huge proponents of this essay by Chris Fischbach at VQR, where he basically says that publishing is the old guard thing, but literature is timeless. Good publishing is just making literature public, making it an experience. I think the literary community, such that a community exists, is overall working toward that goal, without much regard for where the work is happening. I love that. Nowadays I read more about poetry on Facebook than actual poems in journals. I see a Tumblr like Dina Kelberman’s “I’m Google” and I think: poem. And moreover, it’s like the real de-centralized Internet promise, a meritocracy of ideas in a way, so that Poetry magazine isn’t necessarily more powerful than the Facebook post that said, “Look, we need to talk about the sexual abuse that’s happening with editors and writers.”

And, related to that last example, there were some tough times last year in the writing community. There was a lot of complicated discourse in somewhat open forums like Facebook that expanded to more or less edited forums, like Gawker, where they were pointing to a distinct community-qua-community, “alt-lit,” and pronouncing it dead, but declaring things about it. So much was taken for granted about “the literary community.” And I knew that the community was a lot bigger than what/who was turning out in these forums to have the conversation publicly. Amy and I, for example, talked for hours about the issues—in our homes, away from the keyboard—and said things we’d never say online.

So we aren’t trying to make a claim to “the new literary community” as one distinct thing that we can have governance over, or even that this community will use Real Pants as a hub. So the tagline, watered down, is that we are thinking about literature and the new literary community, not that we ARE it. We just want to be deliberate about it.

Amy and Adam (Photo courtesy of Adam Robinson)

Amy and Adam at a baseball game in Atlanta–“We go to a lot of baseball games.” (Photo courtesy of Adam Robinson)

Asta: What’s been the greatest moment as the publisher of Publishing Genius?

Adam: Oh wow, you’d think I’d have a stock answer for this, but no one has ever asked me before. I don’t think there’s just one—it’s got to be an amalgamation of a few things: being the cover story of Publishers Weekly; working with amazing writers, like the moment Rachel Glaser submitted her manuscript for Pee On Water out of the blue, the day after someone pointed me to her story “Pee On Water”; the nonstop success of Night Moves, which was the first PGP book to make SPD’s bestseller list for a whole year (2013); and losing to Spencer Madsen in ping pong.

Asta: What does Adam Robinson do all day?

Adam: On my best days I wake up by 8am and hit the gym for an hour. Amy and I got memberships to the Y last year and we have been good at going a few times a week. It is amazing how that sets the tone for the day. At home, I sit at my desk all day, unless I’m packaging books and going to the post office. At my desk, I’m constantly replying to emails, working on some design project, gchatting with a friend, editing a book, or making lists of other things to do at my desk. At some point I drag myself away bleerily and Amy and I have dinner and watch something on TV. We just started watching An Honorable Woman, with Maggie Gyllenhaal? Whoa, amazing.

Asta: Do you have any advice for someone just getting into independent publishing?

Adam: There’s a lot to know, and a lot you won’t know until you start doing it, but the one thing I wish I had realized when I started out was it gets harder as you go along, not easier. I read in Inc. about a business that had outgrown its managers. Like, a logistics manager who can handle shipping 1,000 widgets to the Midwest might not be capable of getting 1,000,000 to Japan by noon tomorrow. So my best practical advice is to formalize as many “processes” as you can at the start. What information will you put on your website about each book, in which order? How will you ship things? How will you get reports? Standardizing that means you won’t have to think about it each time you do something, and hopefully you’re going to do these things over and over as a successful new independent publisher. But also, don’t be afraid to tear it all down and start over, especially when you’re just getting into it.

Asta: Can you recommend any books, new journals, or websites to us and our readers?

Adam: A cool book is Leesa Cross-Smith’s collection Every Kiss a War, and a cool book designer is Peter Mendelsund. Also, watch that show, An Honorable Woman. And for heaven’s sake, stop what you’re doing and: I’m Google.


asta__MG_6364_ML_color_final_V2 (1)BIO: Asta So is Submittable’s blog editor and editorial director. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana and a BA in English lit from Stanford University. When not writing or sewing, she’s hugging dogs or cooking from her dad’s many Cantonese-style recipes.



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Submission Deadlines

January 12th, 2015 by


01/26/2015 UF School of Art and Art History – Creative B Summer 2015

01/26/2015 Aurora Arts and Literary Magazine – General Submissions

01/26/2015 The Journey Prize – 2015 Journey Prize Submission

01/26/2015 Willamette Writers – Valentine’s Day Six Word Story Contest 2015

01/27/2015 Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery – 4th Annual “All Photography” Comp

01/29/2015 monologging – #Bite Twitter Tales

01/30/2015 Bronx Council on the Arts – Artist Award for Literary, Media & Visual Arts

01/30/2015 deadCENTER Film Festival – Documentary, Narrative, Doc Short, Narr Short ..

01/30/2015 Digging Through the Fat ripping out the heart – Stories

01/30/2015 Eastern Oregon Film Festival – EOFF2015 Film Submission: Lebowski

01/30/2015 Forward Young Responses – Forward Young Responses

01/30/2015 French-American Foundation – Translation Prize 2014-2015

01/30/2015 Hugo Kauder Society – Hugo Kauder International Competition for Viola

01/30/2015 Miscellany: Magazine of the Arts – Spring 2015 Submissions

01/30/2015 North Carolina Writers’ Network – Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

01/30/2015 PEN America – 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

01/30/2015 Phantom Limb Press – 2014 – 2015 Breitling Open Chapbook Prize

01/30/2015 Quiz & Quill – Fiction, Poetry Writing Awards & Spring Magazine

01/30/2015 The Sidney Hillman Foundation – Book, Newspaper, Magazine, Broadcast… Journalism

01/30/2015 TIU Fine Arts Festival – Fict, Cr Non-Fiction, Drama, Design, Music, Studio Art etc

01/30/2015 Westmont College Phoenix – Art Submissions, Literary Submissions

01/30/2015 Writing East Midlands – Writing School East Midlands Anthology

01/31/2015 1 Story Magazine – 1 Story Submissions

01/31/2015 67 Creative Productions – Open Call for 2015 Anthology

01/31/2015 AIPF – Anthology Submissions – Festival Attendee

01/31/2015 Alternating Current – The Electric Book Award,  The Luminaire Award

01/31/2015 Aqueous Magazine – Prose, Poetry, Black & White , Color Visuals

01/31/2015 arc – Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non Fiction

01/31/2015 Arts and Letters – Flash Fiction, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry

01/31/2015 Ben Trovato – Theme 3: Occult

01/31/2015 Benu Press – December & January–Open Reading

01/31/2015 Black Lawrence Press – The Big Moose Prize

01/31/2015 Blackwater Review – Poetry, Prose (Fiction and Essays)

01/31/2015 BYU English Department Contests – Academy of American Poets’ Prize etc

01/31/2015 carte blanche – comics

01/31/2015 Center for Women Writers – Penelope Niven Award, Rita Dove Award, Reynolds Prize

01/31/2015 Darling Magazine – Online Drafts due January 2015

01/31/2015 Dirty Chai – Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Visual Art & Photography

01/31/2015 Eldredge Books – Submissions for Fashionably Late

01/31/2015 ellipsis… literature & art – Westminster Student Poetry, Prose, Color,B&WArt

01/31/2015 Fence – Fiction, Poetry, Other

01/31/2015 Fiction Attic Press – Tall Tales – Weird and Wonderful Stories, Flash

01/31/2015 Film Consortium San Diego and SD Film Awards -Screenwriting , Behind the Scenes Footage

01/31/2015 Helen Literary Magazine – Helen Short Story Contest, Short Story, Flash Fiction etc

01/31/2015 Horse Less Press – 2016 Full-Length Book Series , 2015 Chapbook Series

01/31/2015 Hugo House – Youth Programs, Dev Events, Facilities, Tech & Prod Internships

01/31/2015 IATE – Prose, Poetry Submissions: IATE Bulletin Contest

01/31/2015 Individual Artists OK – Guys and Dolls 2015 Call for Artists

01/31/2015 Iron Horse Literary Review - Back Issue of the Month: Past Single-Author Issues

01/31/2015 Kellogg Hubbard Library – Call for Poems: PoemCity 2015

01/31/2015 Kelsey Street Press – Kelsey Street Press 2015 Open Reading Period

01/31/2015 Luminarts Cultural Foundation – 2015 Classical Music & Jazz Music Competition etc

01/31/2015 Lunch Ticket – Amuse-Bouche

01/31/2015 Mad Scientist Journal – Fictional Classified Ad for Anthology, Exclusive Flash Fiction etc

01/31/2015 Matrix Magazine – The 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award

01/31/2015 Melbourne Spoken Word – Audacious

01/31/2015 MIEL and 111O – Dickinson House Fellowship Application (Writers only for 2015)

01/31/2015 Minerva Rising – Literary (except poetry), Poetry, Artwork and Photography

01/31/2015 Mississippi State University Department of Art – 43rd Annual Student FINE ARTS , GR DESIGN Comp

01/31/2015 MSU School of Journalism –  Scholarship Applications

01/31/2015 Nashville Film Festival – Action/Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Drama etc

01/31/2015 Nashville Review – Fiction, Poetry

01/31/2015 Noctua Review – Poetry, Fiction

01/31/2015 Norman Firehouse Art Center – 2015 Chocolate Festival Vendor Submission

01/31/2015 Norsk Vann – NORDIWA 2015

01/31/2015 Northwest Boulevard – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Art

01/31/2015 Pantheon Magazine – GAIA: SHADOW & BREATH ANTHOLOGY VOL. 2

01/31/2015 PLEXUS – Multimedia, Still Visual Works, Written Works

01/31/2015 Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry – Poetry, Reviews, Essays

01/31/2015 Portland Review – Spring 2015: Visual and Textual Inspirations

01/31/2015 Psychopomp Magazine – Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award

01/31/2015 Sleepers Publishing – Sleepers Almanac X Submission Form

01/31/2015 Slink Chunk Press – Creative Non Fiction , Poetry, Flash Fiction, Fiction

01/31/2015 Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing – Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

01/31/2015 Swarm – Poetry, Fiction

01/31/2015 Switchback – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art

01/31/2015 The Bookends Review – Academic, Multimedia, Fict, Creative Non-Fict, Poetry

01/31/2015 The Colby Foundation – The Colby Award

01/31/2015 The Iowa Review – Contest: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

01/31/2015 The Island Review – Poetry

01/31/2015 The Manhattanville Review – Writing, Visual Art, Video, Sound, Multimedia & Miscellany

01/31/2015 TNNA – TNNA 2015 Shows Class Proposals

01/31/2015 Treefort Music Fest – MAKER SUBMISSIONS, HACKFORT 2015

01/31/2015 Vestal Review -Flash Fiction 2014 Award, Condensed to Flash: World Classics

01/31/2015 Villainous Press – Sidekicks

01/31/2015 Wandering Hermit Press – Chapbook Prize for Poetry

01/31/2015 Western Press Books – Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction

01/31/2015 wherewithal – Poetry Submissions-issue 2

01/31/2015 Wigleaf – Fiction

01/31/2015 Writers at Work – Fiction 2015, Creative Nonfiction 2015, Poetry 2015

01/31/2015 Writing Maps – The Writing Maps Writing Contest #11 (January)

01/31/2015 Yorkton Film Festival – Animation, Children’s/Youth Prod, Comedy, Documentary etc

01/31/2015 Zenith Online Literary Magazine – Poetry

02/01/2015 Ablaze Records – ORCHESTRAL MASTERS VOL. 3

02/01/2015 Academy of American Poets Prize at PSH – Robert J. Miller Poetry Prize at Penn State

02/01/2015 All For One Theater - Production

02/01/2015 American Short Fiction – American Short(er) Ficiton Contest

02/01/2015 Arcadia – Arcadia Short Story Contest

02/01/2015 Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship – 2015 Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST® Scholarship

02/01/2015 Berkeley Poetry Review – Poetry for 45th Issue

02/01/2015 Blue Mountain Center – 2015 Application – All Categories

02/01/2015 Border Crossing – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

02/01/2015 Chagrin River Review – Poetry

02/01/2015 Chicago Tribune – Nelson Algren Short Story Award

02/01/2015 Clare Literary Journal – Clare Nonfiction, Clare Fiction, Clare Poetry

02/01/2015 Crazyhorse – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

02/01/2015 Cutbank Literary Journal – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Visual Art

02/01/2015 Dunes Review – William J. Shaw Memorial Prize for Poetry

02/01/2015 ELJ Publications – Wild Horses: The Women on Fire Series

02/01/2015 Emby Press – MONSTER HUNTER: REVOLVER

02/01/2015 FutureCycle Press – Weatherings (compilation anthology), Writings re: Homelessness etc

02/01/2015 Grayson Books – Chapbook Contest 2015

02/01/2015 Helen Literary Magazine – Helen Short Story Contest, Short Story, Flash Fiction etc

02/01/2015 Holy Names University – Prose Spring 2015 Issue, Poetry Spring 2015 Issue

02/01/2015 JMWW – Poetry Chapbook Contest

02/01/2015 Kenning Journal – Poetry Submissions

02/01/2015 Kudzu House – eChapbook (5.1 Spring Equinox)

02/01/2015 Lit Camp – Lit Camp Submission

02/01/2015 Lumen Christi Institute – Metaphysics and the Soul in Thomas Aquinas

02/01/2015 Mountain West Poetry Series – Mountain West Poetry Series

02/01/2015 New American Press – NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE

02/01/2015 New Vision Learning – Best College Essays 2015 Essay Competition


02/01/2015 Roanoke Review – Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction

02/01/2015 Robert Frost Foundation – Click the Submit button (below) to try a practice submission

02/01/2015 Sibling Rivalry Press – Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry

02/01/2015 The Chattahoochee Review – Lamar York Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction

02/01/2015 THE COLLAGIST – Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Novel Excerpts

02/01/2015 The Emerson Review – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Photography and Artwork

02/01/2015 The Fourth River – Queering Nature: POETRY, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Artwork/Photo

02/01/2015 The Freshwater Review – poetry, prose, art

02/01/2015 The HerStories Project – Mothering Through the Darkness: Submissions & Writing Contest

02/01/2015 The Meadow – Cover art, Nonfiction Submissions, Poetry Submissions , Fiction

02/01/2015 The Poetry Society – Poetry News – Poetry Society Members’ Poems competition

02/01/2015 Tides Institute & Museum of Art – 2015 StudioWorks Residency Application

02/01/2015 Tin Cannon – Poetry Issue 3, Fiction Issue 3, Flash Fiction Issue 3, Non-Fiction Issue 3

02/01/2015 Washington Square – Translation, Fiction, Poetry

02/01/2015 Writing By Writers – Short Short Writing Contest – Boulder 2015

02/01/2015 Yemassee – William Richey Short Fiction Contest – 2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes etc

02/01/2015 Zootown Arts Community Center – {mini} Show Submissions

02/02/2015 Center for Effective Global Action – EASST 2015 – Evaluation Design Contest

02/02/2015 Fort Worth Community Arts Center – RED RED RED

02/02/2015 Music Omi – APPLICATION for MUSIC OMI – SUMMER 2015

02/02/2015 NCAA – Playing it Forward: 2014

02/02/2015 Qua Magazine – Art, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction

02/02/2015 Santa Fe Reporter – SFR’s 2015 Photo Contest

02/02/2015 Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen – Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen

02/02/2015 Utah Arts & Museums – Exhibition Proposals Rio & Alice Galleries 2015.II, Vis Arts Fellowship

02/03/2015 Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) – Contest registration

02/03/2015 NonBinary Review – Unbound Octavo, Story 3

02/03/2015 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig – Sgoilearachd Jon Schueler/ Jon Schueler Scholarship 2015

02/04/2015 Crowder Quill – Fiction, Nonfict, Poetry, 2d art, 3d art, B&W photography etc

02/04/2015 CSUSM-Symposium for Student Research – Symp on Student Research, Cr Activities & Innov

02/05/2015 Baltic and Scotland Writing Residencies – Poetry, Prose-Bernheim Forest Writing Res- Fiction

02/05/2015 Chicago Literati – The TV Issue


02/06/2015 BlackRock Center for the Arts – Call for Entries: 2016 Gallery Exhibition Proposals

02/06/2015 Mattress Factory – 2015 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

02/06/2015 Mid-America Arts Alliance – Regional Touring Program Grant: Application (FY15)

02/06/2015 New Challenge – New Challenge Application Form

02/06/2015 Richmond Show – Single Entry, HIGH VOLUME, Campaign Entry

02/06/2015 Shenandoah – Non-Fiction

02/06/2015 The Arts Center of the Capital Region – Collar City Craft Fest 2015: Call for Entries

02/06/2015 Trillium – 2015-2016 Magazine

02/07/2015 Mandala Journal – Poetry , Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Art

02/07/2015 Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival – Undergraduate, Graduate Submissions

02/07/2015 The Albion Review – Charles Crupi Memorial High School Poetry Contest

02/07/2015 The Fourth River – Queering Nature: POETRY, Creative Nonfict, Fiction , Poetry , Art/Photo

02/08/2015 DCTV – Work-In-Progress Lab

02/08/2015 Listen To Your Mother Austin – LTYM Austin 2015

02/08/2015 Manuscripts – Manuscripts – Art/Photo, Manuscripts – Prose, Poetry

02/08/2015 Next City – Vanguard Application 2015

02/09/2015 Art Red Hill – Painting

02/09/2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – Mentor Day Filmmaking Workshop 2015

02/09/2015 Creative Nonfiction – Beyond “Crazy”

02/09/2015 ellipsis… literature & art – Westminster Student Poetry, Prose Contest, Color Art, B&W Art

02/09/2015 Friends Journal – May 2015: Friends and Other Faiths

02/09/2015 Hugo House –  Internships

02/09/2015 Ox-Bow – Summer Faculty , Summer MFA ,  Fall Artist Residencies

02/09/2015 Saddleback College Honors Program – Bay Honors Cons 2015 Honors Resrch Symposium

02/09/2015 Sundog Lit –  Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction Contest (PRINT – Issue 8)

December Deadlines

December 11th, 2014 by


12/11/2014  Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts – Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

12/11/2014  Point of Convergence – Poetry, Short Fiction

12/11/2014  Woman Made Gallery – 18th International

12/12/2014  A Murder of Storytellers – Faed

12/12/2014  Cymbals Magazine – Fall 2014 Issue

12/12/2014  DC on Film Row – Winter Market Submission

12/12/2014  Hippocampus Magazine – HippoCamp 2015: Conference Session Proposal

12/12/2014  nextstopmelbourne – Artist Registration

12/12/2014  Quercus Review Press – QUERCUS REVIEW PRESS, FALL POETRY BOOK AWARD, 2014

12/13/2014  Jellyfish Magazine – Poetry Submission

12/14/2014  High Plains Register – Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Creative Nonfiction, Visual Art etc

12/14/2014  Number: Inc – No: 81 Defining Art of the South – Cover Art

12/14/2014  The Altar Collective – Volume VII – Poetry

12/14/2014  The Subterranean Quarterly – Art., Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry

12/15/2014  AIPF – Nominations for Feature Poets 2016, Call for Workshops

12/15/2014  Artist INC – Artist INC Live Application – Spring 2015

12/15/2014  Artscape -Exhibitions at Daniels Spectrum Hallway Galleries

12/15/2014  Black Lawrence Press – Short Story Consultations with Craig Bernier

12/15/2014  Blast Furnace – General Submissions

12/15/2014  Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review – Poetry, Essays and Book Reviews

12/15/2014  Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellowship – Fiction , Nonfiction , Poetry

12/15/2014  Cannonball – (r.a.d) Spring 2015

12/15/2014  Causeway, Inc. – Causeway 2014 Connectivity Challenge: Reflections Report

12/15/2014  Center for the Study of Women – Submissions: 2015 Thinking Gender Conference

12/15/2014  Civil Society Leadership Awards – 2015 Civil Society Leadership Awards

12/15/2014  Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media – Screenplay Submissions

12/15/2014  Crab Creek Review – Call for Submissions

12/15/2014  Damozel – Poetry 2015, Creative Nonfiction 2015

12/15/2014  December -Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize,  Poetry , Fiction etc

12/15/2014  Dewpoint – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Critical Work

12/15/2014  Dunes Review – Michigan Writers Cooperative Press Chapbook Contest

12/15/2014  FEAST Miami – FEAST Miami Dinner #3

12/15/2014  freeze frame fiction – experimental flash fiction, flash fiction

12/15/2014  FreezeRay – Poetry, Art/Photography/Webcomics

12/15/2014  Glassworks Magazine – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Craft Essays , Media and Art

12/15/2014  Goddard College – Goddard Alumni Arts Project Award Fall 2014-Winter 2015

12/15/2014  Hawai`i Review – Ian MacMillan Contest: Creative Nonfiction

12/15/2014  Imaginary Friend Press – Chapbook Contest 2014

12/15/2014  JAB – Found Poetry

12/15/2014  JMWW – Poetry Chapbook Contest

12/15/2014  KYSO Flash – Up to 300 Words, 301 to 750 Words, 751 to 1,000 Words

12/15/2014  Law and Society Association – 2015 Herbert Jacob Book Award, 2015 J. Willard Hurst Award

12/15/2014  LSU LIFT2 Fund – LSU LIFT² Fund Round 2

12/15/2014  Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition – Momentum OKC Band Submission

12/15/2014  Public Poetry and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – ARTlines2, ARTlines2 TEEN

12/15/2014  Runestone – Fiction, CNF, Poetry

12/15/2014  Sand Hills Literary Magazine – Logo Design, Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonficti, Visual Art

12/15/2014  Sarabande Books – Intrnshp, Flo Gault Student Poetry Prz, Writing Resid @ Bernheim Forest

12/15/2014  scissors & spackle – Bodies, Poetry, Prose, Everything Else, Non-Fiction

12/15/2014  storySouth – Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

12/15/2014  Taylor University – Making Literature 2015 – Critical Essay, Creative Writing

12/15/2014  Tethered by Letters – Poetry Contest, Short Story Contest, Flash Fiction Contest

12/15/2014  The Capilano Review – Fourth Annual Blaser Poetry Award

12/15/2014  The Conium Review – 2014 Flash Fiction Contest ($300 prize)

12/15/2014  The Human Touch Journal – Submissions for 2014-15

12/15/2014  The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts – Triptychs, Poetry, Fict, Cr Nonfict, Visual Arts

12/15/2014  The Lettered Streets Press – Fiction Submissions

12/15/2014  The Magenta Foundation – Flash Forward 2015

12/15/2014  The Song Cave – Full-Length Manuscript – Poetry

12/15/2014  THE STILLWATER REVIEW – Poetry Submission

12/15/2014  Third Coast – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Drama, Review/Interview

12/15/2014  thread literary inquiry – Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Literary Criticism, Fiction

12/15/2014  University of Arizona Poetry Center – 2015 Summer Residency Contest

12/15/2014  Women’s International Study Center – Individual Fellowship-in-Residence Application

12/15/2014  Women’s Studio Workshop – Rosendale Cultural Crossroads Public Art Residency

12/15/2014  Word Riot Inc. – Travel Grant Applications – Q4 2014

12/15/2014  Writers Rising Up – Winter in Variations: Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest

12/16/2014  Fishladder – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography, Art, Staff submissions

12/17/2014  ASGARD – Artwork, Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction

12/17/2014  Dragon Moon Press – 2014 Call for Submissions

12/17/2014  Mid-America Arts Alliance – Artistic Innovations Grant FY16: Webinar Registration

12/17/2014  Pearl Izumi – US Run Champions Application 2015

12/17/2014  Quiet Lightning – Lightning Ekphrastics, @ Green Apple Books on the Park

12/17/2014  Tin House Workshop – Winter Workshop Application: Fiction , Nonfiction

12/18/2014  ArtsWorcester – College Show 2015, Material Needs Grants 2015

12/18/2014  Diverse Voices Quarterly – Personal Essays/Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry

12/18/2014  The Arts Center of the Capital Region – Call For Exhibition Entries: Artist Application

12/19/2014  Argus student literary magazine – Argus 2014-2015 Submission (Content)

12/19/2014  BlackRock Center for the Arts – Call for Entries: 2016 Gallery Exhibition Proposals

12/19/2014  Chicago Park District – Night Out in the Parks 2015

12/19/2014  DEPS – Exhibition Application C33 Gallery

12/19/2014  Individual Artists OK – Guys and Dolls 2014 Call for Artists

12/19/2014  Melbourne Spoken Word – Audacious

12/19/2014  Sun Valley Film Festival – Short Films, Young Student Filmmakers, Web Series etc

12/19/2014  The Art and Olfaction Awards – Artisan, Experimental: Sadakichi Award

12/19/2014  The Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award – Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award

12/20/2014  ArtsWorcester – College Show 2015, Material Needs Grants 2015

12/20/2014  evoLution NYC – Open Submissions – Poetry

12/20/2014  Shenandoah – Non-Fiction

12/20/2014  Treefort Music Fest – MUSIC, FILM, PERFORMANCE ART, COMEDY

12/20/2014  University Writing Program, Notre Dame – ECWCA 2015

12/20/2014  Zootown Arts Community Center – Board of Directors Application

12/21/2014  Plenitude Magazine – Emerging Writer Mentorship Award–Fiction

12/21/2014  Spineless Wonders – 2015 joanne burns micro-lit Award

12/21/2014  The Gambler Mag – The House Wins

12/22/2014  Chicago Literati – Utopia: The Fabulist Issue

12/22/2014  From the Fallout Shelter – Artwork, Short Story (Fict), Essay (Nonfict), Poetry, Photo

12/22/2014  LUMINA – Visual Art Submissions

12/22/2014  OccuPoetry – Poetry, Images

12/22/2014  Robert Rauschenberg Foundation – Climate Change Solutions Fund

12/22/2014  Wysing Arts Centre – The Multiverse: Residencies 2015

12/24/2014  Harlequin – Harlequin Romance Christmas Challenge

12/24/2014  TNC Nature Writing Prize – The Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize

12/25/2014  Burlesque Press – Hands On Literary Festival 2014: Silver & Gold: Wealth & Econ Cr Writing

Interview with Sarai Mitnick, Founder of Colette Patterns

November 20th, 2014 by
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Photo courtesy of Sarai Mitnick

At Submittable, we get the privilege and fun of working with many creative people in publishing, filmmaking, and more. I recently interviewed our client Sarai Mitnick, who is a rock star in the indie sewing world. A former Silicon Valley techie, Sarai moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2008 to found Colette Patterns, which has grown to be one of the most popular indie sewing pattern companies, especially for Gen X and millennial sewing aficionados. The patterns are known for their modern feel and user-friendly instructions, which makes sense, given Sarai’s background in user experience. Sarai also runs a thriving blog, published The Colette Sewing Handbook for new sewists in 2011, and will soon launch Seamwork, an online pattern magazine which is currently calling for submissions.

Asta: As a sewist myself, I’m a big fan of your blog and book. Can you tell us about Colette Patterns and why you started it?

Sarai: At the time, I was working at Google as a User Experience Researcher, meaning that I spent a lot of time observing and thinking about people’s everyday needs and problems around technology. I’d become increasingly interested in starting my own creative business, and had been sewing for many years. It seemed to me that most of the patterns out there were not designed to meet the needs of people like me. They weren’t modern or interesting, the fit was really baggy, and they just didn’t feel special in the way I thought a sewing project should feel. I mean, you’re investing so much time in each thing you sew, I thought it should really feel worthy of the investment. I also noticed that many people were learning to sew through patterns, but the patterns weren’t really designed to teach anything. It was sort of sink or swim, and that’s a time consuming way to learn a skill.

Asta: How does your background in technology influence your work as a founder, a sewist, a writer, a pattern designer?

Sarai: It helps in a few ways. First, my background in User Experience taught me a lot about what I think is the most important skill in my business – compassion. Having the capacity to care and the curiosity to investigate other people’s needs goes a long way toward building a sustainable business. Second, I think it’s made me less afraid of taking on massive projects, for better or worse. Third, it’s given me some insight into how people use technology to connect to one another, and that’s been incredibly valuable.

Asta: When did you start sewing? What appeals to you most about it?

Sarai: I began sewing when I was 16. My grandmother taught me, though much of my skill has been self-taught.

Clothing and fashion are often trivialized, but they’re such an important part of how we communicate with the world, and how we even understand ourselves. I like that sewing gives you so much power over this aspect of your life, the ability to create clothing that fits you in every way instead of just buying what you’re offered.

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Photo courtesy of Sarai Mitnick

Asta: What are your thoughts about the state of the sewing world? How is it changing?

Sarai: Like many niche communities, it’s really found a home online! There is a huge world of sewing blogs, pattern companies, and online shops that did not exist when I started. It’s thriving!

Asta: There’s been a lot of talk lately about gender inequality and a lack of diversity in the tech world. Do you see similar issues playing out in the sewing world?

Sarai: Not exactly, though I do think gender norms come into play in both cases. It’s true that there aren’t a lot of men active in the sewing community, though that seems to be changing. I will say there are a surprising number of men at the helm of some large sewing or craft-based companies, though. I’d like to see a world where more men felt comfortable getting into sewing. Historically, things that are traditional “women’s work” are not considered very high status for men.


Asta: In your blog and book, you like to use the word “sewist” instead of “seamstress” or “sewer” (which, well, sounds like a sewer). Can you speak about this preference?

Sarai: I don’t particularly like “sewer” for the reason you point out. And “seamstress” is a lovely word, but a gendered one, so I prefer the more inclusive “sewist.”

Asta: Tell us about Seamwork, your new online sewing pattern magazine. What made you start it?

Sarai: I’ve long been interested in beginning a new kind of sewing publication. There are some wonderful print magazines on the market, but I felt there was room for a new voice and aesthetic in the mix. What I really wanted to do is to mix patterns and articles in a way that makes sense to people. We’ve done that somewhat with our blog, where we post tutorials and other supporting content that can go with our patterns. This is sort of taking it to the next level. The idea had been percolating for years, but I didn’t know what form that would take until about a year ago. Even then, it’s evolved so much since and I imagine it will continue to change.

Asta: Who is the target audience for Seamwork? What kind of writing or submissions are you looking for?

Sarai: Our target audience is made up of sewing enthusiasts with an eye for style and desire to really enjoy their sewing experience. That’s the main thing I want to convey with Seamwork, the absolute pleasure that making your wardrobe can bring.

Asta: Lastly, what’s your favorite sewing tool?

Sarai: I have so many! But I love my thread nippers, which I wear on a ribbon around my neck whenever I’m sewing. Putting them on is sort of ceremonial for me.


asta__MG_6364_ML_color_final_V2 (1)BIO: Asta So is Submittable’s blog editor and editorial director. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana and a BA in English lit from Stanford University. When not writing or sewing, she’s hugging dogs or cooking from her dad’s many Cantonese-style recipes.



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New Feature: New Document Viewer

November 19th, 2014 by

We’re using a new viewer to display documents in the Submission Details page, which will enable us to add some exciting features around interacting with your documents. Our viewer renders documents more accurately and consistently, and you no longer have to switch between Google Docs and Adobe.

Our team has also made recent upgrades to the Submission Details page to make document navigation clearer. These changes include: 1) the ability to quickly switch between multiple documents within a submission and 2) the ability to easily page through a document. To view your document as a PDF, click the 3) printer icon in the right-hand side of the screen.


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November 15th, 2014 by


11/19/2014  Quiet Lightning – Quiet Lightning @ The Emerald Tablet

11/20/2014  Finishing Line Press – Horse Anthology Contest

11/20/2014  Press Street – Antenna: Open Call 2015

11/20/2014  St. Lawrence County Arts Council – Art Market | Nov 29 & Dec 13

11/21/2014  CFCC Portals Magazine – Art 2015, Fiction 2015, Poetry 2015

11/21/2014  Chimes – Fiction, Poetry

11/21/2014  Geminid Press, LLC – Conspiracy Hour, Space Opera , Take Me to Your Leader – Short Story

11/21/2014  Helen Day Art Center – 2015 Play Exhibition: Open Call

11/21/2014  NonBinary Review – Unbound Octavo: Story 1

11/21/2014  Poetry International – The C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize

11/21/2014  QWF Mentorship Program – I wanna be a mentor!, Give me a mentor!

11/21/2014  smoking glue gun magazine – smoking glue gun magazine

11/21/2014  The Eckleburg Project – Art, Poetry, Prose

11/21/2014  The Gambler Mag – Feeling Lucky – November

11/21/2014  Tulsa Artists’ Coalition – 2015 Calendar Year Submissions

11/21/2014  Western Humanities Review – Mountain West Writers’ Prose/Poetry prize

11/21/2014  YSU Student Literary Arts Association – Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

11/22/2014  Hudson Valley Writers’ Center –  Writing for Children and Young Adults

11/22/2014  Overland – Applications for editorship of the online fiction edition

11/22/2014  Temenos – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Art, Mythos, Monsters, and Madness

11/24/2014  AFAC Ltd – EDP Course 2015

11/24/2014  Promethean – Spring 2015 Submissions

11/25/2014  Eastern Writers Guild – Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, Poetry


11/25/2014  UTS Anthology – 2015 UTS Writers’ Anthology

11/26/2014  Electric Theatre Workshop | Big Burns Supper – Contracting for Big Burns Supper

11/26/2014  Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery – Art Call – 4th Annual “Open” Online Art

11/27/2014  Twisted Vine Literary Journal – Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Artwork, Video

11/27/2014  Writing East Midlands – Writing East Midlands Mentoring Scheme, School Anthology

11/28/2014  A Murder of Storytellers – Rocket Ride

11/28/2014  Brunswick Music Festival – SYDNEY RD STREET PARTY APPLICATION FOR A STALL

11/28/2014  Dappled Things – J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction

11/28/2014  Power Awesome – Fine

11/28/2014 ELJ Publications – Poetry (Chapbook), Poetry (Full-Length), Prose (Longer Works), Prose  etc

11/29/2014 Slideluck – Slideluck Bologna I

11/30/2014 33 Officina Creativa – Artist Residency Spring 2015

11/30/2014 AIPF – Nominations for Feature Poets 2016, Call for Workshops

11/30/2014 Argus student literary magazine – Argus 2014-2015 Submission (Content)

11/30/2014 Art Omi International Artists Residency – 2015 Art Omi Visual Artist Residency

11/30/2014 ArtsWestchester – Dance , Film/Video, Literature, Music, Theater, Visual Arts Nomination Forms

11/30/2014 Baltimore Review – Contest – Poems, Short Stories, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry , Fiction, Creative Nonfict

11/30/2014 Barely South Review – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction

11/30/2014 Barrelhouse – Poetry Full-length Collection

11/30/2014 Bear Star Press – Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize

11/30/2014 Ben Trovato – Theme 1: Nostalgia

11/30/2014 Black Heart Magazine – ART!

11/30/2014 Black Lawrence Press – The Big Moose Prize , Short Story Coll, Poetry Coll, Novel, Poetry Chapbook etc

11/30/2014 Brandt Street Press LLC – Dammit, I Love You

11/30/2014 Chicago Literati – Feast: Chicago Literati’s special food issue

11/30/2014 Creative Nonfiction Collective Society – carte blanche/CNFC Creative Nonfiction Contest

11/30/2014 deadCENTER Film Festival – Documentary Feat, Narrative Feat, Documentary Shrt, Narrative Shrt, Student etc

11/30/2014 Dragon Tree Books – 2014 Indie Genius Contest for Self-Published Writers

11/30/2014 Driftwood Press – Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts, Literary Criticism & Interviews

11/30/2014 Duende – Nonfiction, Prose: Fiction, Prose: Hybrid Work, Translation, Visual Art & Collaborations

11/30/2014 Eastern Oregon Film Festival – EOFF2014 Film Submission: Regular

11/30/2014 Embodied Effigies – Creative Nonfiction Submissions ISSUE FIVE

11/30/2014 ExFic – Fiction, Poetry

11/30/2014 Fence – 2016 Ottoline Prize

11/30/2014 Fiction Attic Press – Short Memoir Contest #2 (single entry)

11/30/2014 Ghost Ocean Magazine – Be an Editor for Ghost Ocean Magazine/Tree Light Books!

11/30/2014 Global Women’s Leadership Network – WLW 2015

11/30/2014 Hammer Nutrition – 2015 Athlete Sponsorship Application

11/30/2014 Hermana Resist Press – Finding Gloria: En El Valle

11/30/2014 Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal – The Jane Lumley Prize

11/30/2014 Hudson Valley Writers’ Center – Trade Secrets: Writing for Children and Young Adults, Page Turning Fict

11/30/2014 Hugo House – Development Events Internship

11/30/2014 Interrobang – Poetry-1, Prose-1

11/30/2014 Jaggery – Fiction, Art, Essays, Poetry, Reviews

11/30/2014 Jovenes Adelante – Solicitude 2014

11/30/2014 LETTERS – Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Visual Art

11/30/2014 Little Paper Planes – Apply for the LPP+ Residency in 2015 Due 11/30/14

11/30/2014 Marathon Literary Review – Nonfict, Fict & Flash Fict, Photos/Artwork/Multimedia, Poetry

11/30/2014 Motionpoems – “Arrivals and Departures at St. Paul’s Union Depot” Year 2

11/30/2014 Murphy Writing of Stockton College – 2015 Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway Jan-ai Scholarship

11/30/2014 NonBinary Review – NonBinary Review Issue #4: Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable, Unbound Octavo

11/30/2014 Ovenbird Poetry – Poetry

11/30/2014 Portals Writing and Arts Journal (PNC) – Visual Art, Creative Nonfict, Poetry, Short Fict, Gen Essay

11/30/2014 Prism Review – Poetry Contest, Short Story Contest

11/30/2014 Psychopomp Magazine – Open Fiction Submission

11/30/2014 RiverLit – 2015 Writer Residency Application, 2015 Poet Residency App, 2015 Artist Residency App

11/30/2014 SHOCK TOTEM – Long Fiction, Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Microfict, Poetry, Creative Nonfict, Artwork

11/30/2014 Slink Chunk Press – Visual Art , Poetry, Flash Fiction, Fiction

11/30/2014 Split Lip Magazine – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Utter Foolery, The Best Global Literary Humor 2015

11/30/2014 The Burnside Review – Books

11/30/2014 The California Journal of Poetics – Poetry

11/30/2014 The Lingua Journal – Photography, Poetry, Prose, Illustration/Painting

11/30/2014 The Olivetree Review – Art – Fall ’14, Prose (Fiction/Non-Fiction) – Fall ’14, Poetry – Fall ’14

11/30/2014 The Pedestal Magazine – Hybrid/Multi-Genre Work, Mock- or Meta-Academic, Poetry

11/30/2014 Urban Farmhouse Press – Fiction Manuscript – Short Story Collection, Fiction Manuscript – Novel etc

11/30/2014 Vine Leaves Literary Journal – Poetry, Prose & Script, Art & Photography

11/30/2014 Wigleaf – Fiction

11/30/2014 Xanadu – Poetry

11/30/2014 Yuma Fine Arts Association – Southwestern Invitational Exhibit

12/01/2014 Angoor Press LLC – Phlox Share Online Christian Journal Submissions

12/01/2014 Apostrophe Books – 2014 Reading Period

12/01/2014 Aquarius Press/Willow Books – 2015 Willow Books Literature Awards Poetry, Prose

12/01/2014 Backyard – The Gentleman’s Companion: January 18th

12/01/2014 Beautiful Minds Challenge – 2014-15 Beautiful Minds Challenge

12/01/2014 Bellingham Review – General Fiction, General Poetry, General Nonfict, Photo

12/01/2014 Beloit Fiction Journal – Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story, Fiction

12/01/2014 Bird’s Thumb – Poetry, Fiction, Essay

12/01/2014 Bomb Magazine – Submit to BOMB

12/01/2014 Book Prize Contests hosted by Prairie Schooner – Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

12/01/2014 Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. – 2015 Cave Canem Retreat NEW APPLICANTS

12/01/2014 CLMP – Magazines

12/01/2014 Clockhouse – Creative Nonfiction, Dramatic Works, Fiction, Poetry

12/01/2014 Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art – WRITING CONTEST

12/01/2014 Contemporary Verse 2 – Poetry Lives Here – Youth supplement

12/01/2014 Denver Center for the Performing Arts – 2014 Regional High School Playwriting Comp

12/01/2014 Dewpoint – Poetry, Fict, Creative Nonfict & Critical Work, University of Alabama Undergrad

12/01/2014 Eclectica Magazine – Word Poem Challenge

12/01/2014 F&M Alumni Arts Review – Visual Art, Poetry, Nonfiction-Essay-Memoir, Fiction 15 EDGE

12/01/2014 Fiction Southeast – The Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize

12/01/2014 Fictionvale – Episode Seven: Open Genre Call

12/01/2014 Folio Lit Journal – Poetry Submissions Issue 2015 (Vol 30)

12/01/2014 Fourteen Hills – Fiction, Poetry, Flash Ficti, Creative Nonficti, Experimental/ Cross Genre

12/01/2014 Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters – U.P. Poet Laureate Nomination

12/01/2014 Great Plains Writers’ Conference – Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize

12/01/2014 Green Writers Press – Subscription on-line/print “GWP | Magazine”, Short Fict/Environmental Essays, Poetry

12/01/2014 Greyrock Review – Cover Art, Fiction , Poetry , Non-Fiction , Art

12/01/2014 Hurston Wright Foundation – 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Founding Members Award for College Writers

12/01/2014 International Print Center New York – New Prints Program: 2015/Winter

12/01/2014 iO: A Journal of New American Poetry – General Submissions

12/01/2014 Iron Horse Literary Review - IHLR Trifecta: Poetry,Fict , Nonfict

12/01/2014 Nat. Brut – Issue Five

12/01/2014 no tokens – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, other

12/01/2014 Pathos Literary Magazine – Fall 2014 Issue

12/01/2014 Permafrost Magazine – 1st Annual Book Prize in Fiction, Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry

12/01/2014 Pilgrimage Magazine – Winter 2015 Issue (38.3)-Sleep

12/01/2014 Poets at Work – Poets@Work Book Prize

12/01/2014 Portland Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash Fiction Feature, Nonfict, Flash Nonfict Feature, Artwork & Photo

12/01/2014 Purple Passion Press – Flash Fiction, Poetry

12/01/2014 Queens Univ of Charlotte MFA in Creative Writing – Stage and Screen, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Fiction

12/01/2014 Reed Magazine – Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art

12/01/2014 River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative – River Teeth Journal

12/01/2014 Sarabande Books – Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize

12/01/2014 Sierra Nevada Review – Cover Art


12/01/2014 Soundings Review – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children’s & Young Adult Literature


12/01/2014 Storyscape Journal – Prose, Poetry

12/01/2014 Talking Writing – Poetry Spotlight 2015: “Digital Poets and Nature”

12/01/2014 Tammy – poetry, fiction, nonfiction, other, expedited

12/01/2014 Target Gallery – In the Flesh 5

12/01/2014 The Conium Review – Flash Fiction

12/01/2014 The Iowa Review – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

12/01/2014 The Molotov Cocktail – Flash Future Contest

12/01/2014 The Normal School – FICTION,POETRY,  NONFICTION

12/01/2014 The Quotable – Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry

12/01/2014 The Southern California Review – Fiction, Flash Fict, Non-Fict, Poetry, Screenplay, Stageplay

12/01/2014 The Waywiser Press – Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize Submission


12/01/2014 University of Arizona Poetry Center – Bilingual Corrido Contest for High School Students

12/01/2014 Utterly Engaged – PRINT MAGAZINE VOLUME 4

12/01/2014 Vicki Hudson Writing – Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer 2015

12/01/2014 Virginia Quarterly Review – Nonfiction Pitches

12/01/2014 Water Stone Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

12/01/2014 Wesleyan University Press – BAX 2015 – Best American Experimental Writing

12/01/2014 WNMU Humanities Department – WNMU Writing Contest

12/01/2014 Yale ISM Congregations Project – Summer Seminar Application

12/01/2014 YesYes Books – Poetry Submission for Vinyl Poetry, Fiction Submission for Vinyl

12/02/2014 New Issues Poetry & Prose – New Issues Poetry Prize

12/02/2014 Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning – 2014-2015 VPOL Faculty Seed Grants


12/02/2014 Seizure – Viva La Novella 3

12/03/2014 LAUNCH – The Incubator

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Guest Post: Stop Complaining About Celebrity Book Deals

November 12th, 2014 by

Whenever a celebrity book deal is announced, it’s generally greeted with disgusted outcries from aspiring writers of all walks of life. Recently, the target has been Tom Hanks and his forthcoming short story collection. Regardless of what the ever-growing community of online writers thinks about Hanks as an actor, it’s collectively pissed off about the book deal.

Celebrity Book

Illustration by Josh Quick

This is yet another case of “He only got that book deal because he’s famous.” File it under James Franco, BJ Novak, and many other actors-turned-fiction-writers. In most cases, the celebrity book is judged long before it’s released. Without reading a word, writers everywhere know that “Celebrity X sucks at writing.”

Well, guess what? The celebrity’s book is going to sell copies whether it sucks or not. Why wouldn’t the publishers offer the book deal?

The aspiring writers respond with the universal complaint: “Because it takes away a spot from a real talent!”

This argument carries with it two major implications:

1. So-and-so celebrity isn’t a real talent
2. The number of book deals is finite

For the most part, we should ignore this first implication. We don’t need to debate the merits of so-and-so celebrity, or any other writer for that matter. Chances are, the celebrity book won’t be a masterpiece. Then again, neither are the vast majority of published books. Is it fair that a celebrity gets a book deal while writers with incredible talent don’t even make it out of the slush pile? Maybe not, but it’s not any less fair than Gone Girl selling an absurd amount of copies while many books of equal or greater merit go wholly unnoticed.

So let’s take a look at the second implication. Did Tom Hanks’s book deal really take a spot away from someone else? Are there actually a finite number of slots available?

The answer is not as simple as you may think.

Yes, the number of books that can be published is finite. This is clearly true. After all, there are a finite number of publishers to release them, a finite number of editors to proofread them, a finite number of trees from which to produce the pages, and a finite number of many other finite things. Not every author can get a book deal. Period.

But is that finite number set in stone somewhere? If Tom Hanks got a book deal, does that really mean we are one spot closer to zero remaining book deals?

News flash: Tom Hanks did not steal your book deal. In fact, Tom Hanks may have just improved your chances.

Publishers have to make money. If they don’t, they can’t publish anything. Not every book makes money. Some books don’t recoup the printing and marketing costs, let alone the advances. While there is no exact data telling us how many books are total failures, we can assume it’s a pretty high number. Just take a look around a bookstore. How many of those books do you think are actively making money for the publisher? Former Random House CEO Peter Olson admitted back in 2007 that “many books are unprofitable.”

We know Tom Hanks’s book will sell. We don’t know that it will make back the money invested in his advance, but chances are that the publisher expects to see some type of return. A celebrity book is easy money. The name sells itself.

So how does a Tom Hanks book deal help your chances as a writer? Easy. It brings in money for the publisher. That gives the publisher more opportunity to publish other books. Books by people just like you.

Ultimately, Tom Hanks is good for the writing world, even if his book ends up not being any good. A Tom Hanks book gets the general population excited about reading. In this case, we’re talking about short stories, a market that is already a tough sell. If the general population gets excited about a short story collection and the book becomes profitable, then the publishing industry will have more money to invest in short story collections. So how exactly does the publication of a Tom Hanks book hurt you again?

Celebrity book deals aren’t even where publishers make the most money. Celebrity advances are too high to bring in the big bucks. That’s why publishers always have to be on the lookout for other authors, the ones they can sign for a three-book contract and reap the benefits when the first book becomes a blockbuster.

Yes, Tom Hanks has joined a growing legion of celebrity authors. Instead of getting pissed, do what you were doing before you heard the news: write like a motherfucker.

Nathaniel TowerBIO: Nathaniel Tower is the managing and founding editor of Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine and Press. His short fiction has appeared in over 200 online and print publications. In 2014, Martian Lit released his first short story collection, Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands. He is a former high school English teacher and the former world record holder for the fastest mile running backwards while juggling. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter. Visit him at


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New Feature: ‘Allow Edit Requests’ Checkbox for Organizations

September 9th, 2014 by

Note from 9/18/14: We’ve updated this feature so that, by default, the ‘Allow Edit Requests’ checkbox is unchecked. Also, in the submitter’s submissions list, the ‘Edit’ link will only appear next to his/her submission if the organization allows edit requests. The content below is edited to reflect these changes.


This week, we added an ‘Allow Edit Requests’ checkbox to the Organization Profile page that allows organizations to turn on or off the ability to accept edit requests from submitters who want to open their submission for editing.  If you are a level 4 or 5 administrator and want to turn on or off the ability for submitters to send an edit request to you, follow these steps:

1. Click the Settings tab > Profile.
2. Scroll down to the Allow Edit Requests checkbox. If you’d like to enable submitters to send an edit request to you, check this box. Otherwise, leave it unchecked.

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3. Click Update Profile.


Note that, even if you uncheck the Allow Edit Requests checkbox, you’ll still be able to manually open submissions for editing by following these steps.

If you have any questions about this feature, please email or call (855) 467-8264.

Guest Post: Pearls Before Swine

August 29th, 2014 by

Note: This post was originally published on July 27, 2014, at George Wells’ blog Icantbelieveitsablog.


Years ago, I applied to Rivoli, a four-star restaurant in Albany, California. Of course, I had delivered my résumé to several restaurants, but I was very interested in this job, as I had eaten there several times, and it was genuinely deserving of its reputation as one of the finest Mediterranean restaurants in the East Bay.


It doesn’t mean you’re a total loser.

The chef thanked me for my interest, but told me that she had decided not to offer me the job at the time. Of course, I had to respond.

Dear Chef Wendy,

You’re an idiot. If you can’t see the value I would bring to your third-rate eatery, maybe you should go back to cooking school.

At any rate, I was hired at Bucci’s, so obviously they know quality when they see it.

Good luck with your little Italian chuck wagon.


George Wells

You are now horrified that I would do such a thing, aren’t you? Why would I do that? Why would I insult this chef, throw it in her face that I got another job, risk any chance of working with her in the future—indeed, anywhere in the East Bay, given how people in the same industry tend to run in the same circles and tell these stories?

The answer is I didn’t. I wouldn’t. Would you? Have you?

I am Writer Liaison at Spark: A Creative Anthology, which means I’m usually the guy giving you the bad news if you submitted to us. The above letter is actually a rewording of several responses to our rejection letters to submitters. Now, we’re not perfect, but we do offer personal feedback and do our best to make sure that it’s constructive and encouraging. I’m sure that we’re closer to that now than when Spark started. However, just as opinions on a story or poem are subjective, so are writers’ reactions to those opinions.


We’re not swine, and those pearls need a good polishing.

But here’s the thing: you are better off keeping those opinions to yourself. Nothing good will come of telling the editorial staff of any publication that you disagree with their assessment of your writing. Those notes are offered to help you make your writing better, to improve that piece and hopefully future efforts, or at least find another market more suited to your style and vision in your writing. It is not an invitation to open a dialog.

That last statement sounds a bit harsh, I know, but please keep in mind that we are volunteers. We don’t get paid for this, it takes time away from other activities, such as family obligations, hobbies, cleaning the house, scratching our bellies while we eat a jumbo bag of chips during a Twilight Zone marathon, whatever.

Or even worse, we can’t watch the Twilight Zone marathon due to circumstances beyond our control.

Or even worse, we can’t watch the Twilight Zone marathon due to circumstances beyond our control.

So what do you say to that rejection? If you want, a thank you would be just fine. Most people don’t respond at all, but some reply with, “Thank you for the feedback. While I was hoping for an acceptance, this is the next best thing.” And we’re always happy to hear that. We probably won’t respond, but it does bring a smile to our faces.

Because many of the writers who have had work accepted for publication in Spark have also had work rejected by Spark, yours truly included. But nobody has been accepted after responding to us with anger and insults.

Food for thought.*

*Speaking of food, if you find yourself in the East Bay Area, Rivoli in Albany and Bucci’s in Emeryville really are amazing restaurants. You should check them out.


George Wells 1 BIO: George Wells is an American expatriate living in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he teaches English as a Foreign Language and writes. His fiction has appeared in the Shadow Road Quarterly and in Spark: A Creative Anthology, where he is currently a regular contributor and Writer Liaison.



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