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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Deadlines Staring You in the Face

August 13th, 2014 by



09/09/2014  Buffalo Almanack – Fiction

09/09/2014  HRDCVR – #HRDCVR INTERNSHIP APPLICATION [deadline: monday, sept. 8th]

09/09/2014  PRX – PRX’s Second Ear

09/10/2014  Creative Writing @ Fordham – Creative Writing Program Assistant Job Application

09/10/2014  Newswomen’s Club of New York – Spot News,  In-Depth Reporting, Feature,  Digital Video etc

09/10/2014  Norman Arts Council – Norman Open Studios – September 26th – 28th

09/10/2014  Porkbelly Press – Love Me, Love My Belly – Creative Nonfiction,  Poetry, Fiction

09/10/2014  St. Lawrence County Arts Council – Plein Air Festival registration, Remington Arts Festival

09/10/2014  The Players Theatre – Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival – Boo!

09/11/2014  Litro Magazine – Horror: October 2014 (Print Magazine)

09/11/2014  Rocky Mountain School of Photography – Professional Studies Portfolio Application 2014

09/12/2014  Center For Book Arts – 2014 NY Artist Book Fair

09/12/2014  DAISY Consortium – Apply now: The DAISY Consortium is seeking a CEO

09/12/2014  Diverse Voices Quarterly – Personal Essays/Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry

09/12/2014  Helen Literary Magazine – Short Story Comp, Short Story, Flash Fict, Creative Nonfict etc

09/12/2014  Houston Poetry Fest – Younger Poet Submissions

09/12/2014  Miscellany: Magazine of the Arts – Early Bird Submissions Fall 2014

09/12/2014  Northwest Film Center – 41st NW Filmmakers’ Festival, Fresh Film NW Youth Film Festival

09/12/2014  Painted Bride Quarterly – Issue 91: Humor/Prose,Humor/ Fiction, Humor/ Poetry

09/12/2014  Prairie Fire – October 2014 Essay Submissions

09/12/2014  Skift – Best Branded FB Page, Instagram Account, Twitter Account, Best Social Media etc

09/12/2014  The Circus Book – Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

09/12/2014  Vine Leaves Literary Journal – Art/Photography for the cover of 2014 anthology.

09/13/2014  Desi Writers’ Lounge/Papercuts – DWL Poetry Workshop (Lahore) – Application

09/13/2014  Hugo House – Youth Leadership Board, Young Writers’ Mentorship Project, Internships

09/14/2014  Concrete Literary Magazine – Online: Poetry (October Issue)

09/14/2014  Hawai`i Review – MULIWAI: Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction,Translation,Visual Art

09/14/2014  The Subterranean Quarterly – Art., Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry

09/15/2014  10,000 Tons of Black Ink – Creative Non-fiction, Fiction

09/15/2014  3Elements Review – Art, Photography  – Extended deadline (Doppelganger, Bludgeon, Dirge)

09/15/2014  Bartleby Snopes – 6th Annual Dialogue Contest

09/15/2014  Blast Furnace – General Submissions

09/15/2014  Boston Comedy Festival – Boston Comedy Festival Submissions 2014

09/15/2014  Cobalt – Gabriela Mistral Poetry , Frank McCourt Creative Nonfict, Zora Neale Hurston Fiction

09/15/2014  Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art – Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction

09/15/2014  CONSEQUENCE magazine – The 2014 Consequence Prize in Fiction

09/15/2014  Creative Currents – Festival del Nazareno Photography & Artist Retreat

09/15/2014  Dance Films Association – Dance on Camera 2015

09/15/2014  Eclectica Magazine – Word Poem Challenge

09/15/2014  Fictionvale – Episode Six: Pick Your Punk!

09/15/2014  Finishing Line Press – Open Chapbook Competition, Finishing Line Editions: Fiction & Nonfict

09/15/2014  Fractured Atlas – Arts Entrepreneurship Awards Trophy Design Application

09/15/2014  freeze frame fiction – flash fiction—q2

09/15/2014  IN FLUX – IN FLUX Cycle 5 Request for Qualifications

09/15/2014  International Studio Program, ACC Galerie Weimar – 21st International Studio Program

09/15/2014  Jentel Artist Residency Program – WRITER, VISUAL ART -WINTER/SPRING RESIDENCY

09/15/2014  Kelsey Street Press – Kelsey Street Press Announces 2015 Firsts!

09/15/2014  Kill Screen – Editorial Interns Fall 2014 (Applications due 9/15)

09/15/2014  L A M P – L A M P

09/15/2014  Lawndale Art Center – Fall 2014 Call for Exhibition Proposals

09/15/2014  Les Figues Press – Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest 2014

09/15/2014  Newfound – Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize

09/15/2014  PANK – Special Issue Submission: Queer Issue

09/15/2014  Princemere Poetry Journal – 2014 Princemere Poetry Prize

09/15/2014  Quiet Lightning – Quiet Lightning’s social media book contest

09/15/2014  Red Mountain Press – Red Mountain Press Poetry Prize 2014

09/15/2014  Red Weather – Red Weather 2015 – 34.1

09/15/2014  Salt Hill Journal – Philip Booth Poetry Prize

09/15/2014  Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival – Film Submission – Late Deadline

09/15/2014  Scottsdale Public Art – Request for Proposals – Summer 2015 Civic Center Library Installation

09/15/2014  Springfield Writers’ Guild – PROSE, Non-Fiction, PROSE, Fiction, Humorous, POETRY, etc

09/15/2014  Texas Review Press – 2014 George Garrett Fiction Prize

09/15/2014  Texture Press – Fiction for SHALE

09/15/2014  Whitefish Review – Fiction: Rick Bass/ Montana Prize for Fiction ($1000 award)

09/15/2014  Willamette Writers – Six Word Halloween Story Contest

09/15/2014  Word Riot Inc. – Travel Grant Applications – Q3 2014

09/16/2014  MAGNET – ProtoTech 2014 Pitch Competition Submission

09/16/2014  Table Talk – Table Talk Issue II: Dyno

09/16/2014  The Greensboro Review – Fiction, Poetry – Robert Watson Literary Awards

09/16/2014  Writers Rising Up – Carol Bly Short Story Contest $150.00 Prize

09/17/2014  Hudson Valley Writers’ Center – Exploring New Poems with Amy Holman (Session 2)

09/17/2014  Northwest Film Center – 41st NW Filmmakers’ Festival, Fresh Film NW Youth Film Festival

09/17/2014  Yangtze Rep – 2016 Manhattan Community Arts Fund

09/18/2014  AKA Literary LLC – Mid Grade Madness 2014 with Sharon Mayhew – closed

09/18/2014  Arizona Commission on the Arts – Artist Research and Development Grant, Arizona Art Tank

09/18/2014  Southern Exposure – Alternative Exposure Round 8 (2014)

09/19/2014  ArtsWestchester – Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts Nominations

09/19/2014  Electric Theatre Workshop | Big Burns Supper – Primary Schools – Lanterns for Burns Night

09/19/2014  Hennepin Theatre Trust – Brilliance! Made Here

09/19/2014  Iron Horse Literary Review – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry: The Bedroom Issue

09/19/2014  Souvenir Lit Journal – Poetry

09/19/2014  Whistler Film Festival Society – CAN Narrative Feature, International Narrative Feature etc

09/20/2014  JMWW – Poetry

09/20/2014  Mad Scientist Journal – Fictional Classified Ad for Anthology

09/21/2014  About Place Journal – Voices of the Human Spirit

09/21/2014  HousingWire – HW 2014 Women of Influence in the Housing Economy

09/21/2014  The Gambler Mag – Feeling Lucky?

09/21/2014  Woodstock Artists Association & Museum – The Under 40 Show

09/22/2014  Creative Nonfiction – Waiting, Waiting: Reading Fee + Subscription (U.S. addresses only)

09/22/2014  Hospitalfield Arts – Hospitalfield Interdisciplinary Programme, 17 – 30 November 2014

09/22/2014  Pen 2 Paper – Fiction 2014, Non-Fiction 2014, Poetry 2014

09/22/2014  The Garden of Unearthly Delights – Artist – Expression of Interest

09/22/2014  The Riding Light Review – Halloween Horror Issue

09/23/2014  Nashville Film Festival – Action/Adventure – Feature (2015), Drama – Feature (2015)

09/23/2014  Number: Inc – No: 80 Art As Community Builder – Cover Artwork

09/23/2014  The Lascaux Review – Enter Poetry in the Lascaux Prize Competition

Customize the Look and Feel of Your Submittable Site

August 5th, 2014 by

We encourage you to personalize the look and feel of your Submittable site by uploading a header image containing your organization’s name and/or logo and by customizing your site’s colors, font, and button text.

Click on Settings in the main navigation bar and select Look & Feel

In the Header Image section, click Select file and navigate to the file you’d like to upload. 

Our maximum recommended file size is 870 px wide by 170 px high, and files are automatically resized if needed. Accepted file types are PNG, GIF, and JPG.

After selecting your file, the name of the file will display to the right of the Change button. Click Upload image.

In the Page Styles section, choose your preferred colors, font type, and button text. All colors must be entered using hexadecimal values, or you can click on the blank box next to each style category and use our popup color picker. As you make your selections, the Quick Preview box on the right will show a sneak peek of what your Submittable pages will look like.

Click Save Styles. To clear and reset your selections, click Cancel and reset.

Questions? Contact our friendly support team at 855-467-8264 ext 2 or email

Guest Post: The Space Between Poems

August 1st, 2014 by

Eons ago, in a graduate workshop at the University of Miami, the late poet Maxine Kumin was explaining a crown of sonnets to us. At the time, the form – seven stanzas of fourteen lines each, linked to each other by repeating lines – sounded impossibly difficult, but nonetheless intriguing, at least to those of us who liked to play with prosody.

What she said next was decidedly disturbing, however. “A friend of mine,” she began, “wrote a crown of sonnets that was so good, he believed he’d never write another poem. He didn’t think he’d have anything left to write about.”

What? Never write more poems? What kind of fatalistic nonsense was that? Our egos were young and healthy, and it seemed at the time we’d never run out of either desire or subjects when it came to crafting poems.

Today, I understand far better what Kumin was trying to tell us. She was referring to the valley that’s on the other side of that exhilarating peak. There’s no getting around it. If you’ve climbed as high as possible, you have no choice but to descend. And the descent will make you anything but delirious with imagery and language, as you were on the way up.


I call this gnawing absence “the space between poems.” It happens when you’ve expended a huge amount of energy on work you feel is significant in some way. It’s an emptiness that can occur after a single poem or story or essay. Or after a hundred of them. It’s an individual space, and each writer has a unique level of work tolerance before reaching it.

But have no doubt: The space between poems is real, and sooner or later it affects everybody. You can’t avoid it with skill or expertise or even knowing that it’s lying in wait. Poet laureates and college freshmen alike have lived an un-writing life in this purgatorial place.

You might be tempted to call this phenomenon “writer’s block.” Don’t.

While the space can turn into a block if you treat it the wrong way, there’s a fundamental difference between them. Writer’s block, you run away from. You do everything you can in your power to avoid sitting down at the desk, where you’ll fail to pen a word. You drink, you smoke, you go to the gym, you quit the gym. You live in denial and hope for amnesty. You feel guilt and the fuzz of failure start to coat your mind like plaque on teeth.

The space between poems, on the other hand, you run towards, compulsively writing lines and stanzas even when you’re supposed to be doing something else, headlong and ecstatic until your subconscious mind has deleted the impulses that started you on the path. The space between poems, you reach with almost a sense of relief.

You can find plenty of cures and recommendations for writer’s block – go for a walk, do a load of laundry. Psychologists say writer’s block is largely about fear and anxiety, and anything you can do to take the pressure off yourself or re-direct your mind is positive. It’s even better if whatever you do produces results, like walking the dogs. Either way, you may end up with crap. But at least it’s something accountable.

If writer’s block is about fear and anxiety, the space between poems is about rest. Your mind is telling you what you need: Get out in the world, live a little. Find some inspiration.

Like writer’s block, the space between poems can be frustrating. You want to write, or maybe you have to write (for a living), but you can’t. The space, however, is necessary. The space tells you that you’ve tapped the well and drained it dry, and before you can embark on the next project, you must let some storms fill it up again.

The concept of re-investing in your own creative energy is not a new one. I first learned about it as a student at Tufts, in poetry workshops commanded by the late Deborah Digges. “Take time to refill the well,” she’d say before a weekend, or holiday season, or spring break.

Restocking the well isn’t as easy as simply having a good meal or taking a nap. There’s no fish farm of creativity where we can buy some freshly bred ideas for release, growth and recapture. Instead, it’s a drop-by-drop process that can be as slow as writing itself. Nothing short of intentional life experience moves it along.

Is it cheating to, say, go bungee jumping not because you’re an adrenaline junkie but because it might jump-start a piece of writing? I don’t think so. It’s what travel writers do: check out a place and its activities – fishing for piranha in the Amazon, for example – then pen an experiential article about it.

I followed this advice when I was traveling solo as a wine lecturer on a cruise through the Panama Canal. I’d just finished a big project, writing a cookbook for a pair of New York City chefs, on the cruise itself. My lectures weren’t scheduled until the last days at sea. I was bored, and I wanted to write poetry. But I was also burnt out.

So I signed myself up to kayak on a river when we docked in Dominican Republic. I was the only single person on the shore excursion. I didn’t speak to anyone and no one spoke to me. At the end of it, my hands were blistered and my skin had been made into Braille from mosquitos. It wasn’t, to be honest, that much fun.

It was enough. The next day came a solitary lunch of conch fritters and grilled grouper in a restaurant on the island of Grenada. And then, also, came the poems.


1-Jen Karetnick headshot-version 3 BIO: Jen Karetnick is a freelance food-travel writer and the Creative Writing Director at Miami Arts Charter School. Her full-length debut, Brie Season, is forthcoming from White Violet Press, and her cookbook, Mango, is currently available for pre-order at University Press of Florida. Jen’s fourth chapbook of poetry, Prayer of Confession, is available from Finishing Line Press.


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New Feature: Reference Letter Handling

July 25th, 2014 by

Let’s say your organization has an application form and require that the applicant ask three people to send reference letters for the applicant. Organizations on Premier, Premier Plus, and Enterprise plans can add special Reference Letter fields to the application form. During the application process, the applicant will enter the email address of a reference letter writer into each Reference Letter form field. When the applicant submits the application, Submittable automatically sends a Reference Letter Request email to each reference letter writer. The email contains a link to a simple reference letter submission form where the reference letter writer will enter his or her name and submit a file containing his or her reference letter.


How to Add Reference Letter Fields to a Submission Form

1.  Create or Edit a submission form
2.  Select the Form Designer tab

3.  In the Tool Box, click and drag the Reference Letter form element onto the submission form.

4.  In the Reference Letter form field, optionally edit the default Label and Description (top two green arrows). Choose if the applicant is Required to enter an email address of a reference, and choose whether you want the reference letter to be Blind (i.e. hidden from reviewers). 

5.  Add additional Reference Letter fields if desired.
6.  Click the Save Category button at the bottom of the page.

How to View Reference Letters

1.  From your Submissions page, open a submission to view its details.
2.  Click the Summary tab on the left.
3.  The screenshot below shows a section of the Summary tab, including one reference letter (green arrow). Click the Download link to view a received reference letter. The requirement to Download a reference letter for viewing is short term. Reference letter content will be viewable in Submittable shortly.

4.  If a reference letter has not yet been received, you will have the option to Resend a reference letter request to the reference letter writer. The applicant can also Resend the request from his or her own interface.

If you have any questions about the Reference Letter feature please email or call (855) 467-8264 ext 2.

Writing, Art, Photo, Design & Film Submission Calls

July 21st, 2014 by




07/21/2014  The Gambler Mag – Feeling Lucky?

07/21/2014  UPPERCASE publishing inc – Calligraphy Auditions

07/21/2014  Women Unified in Consciousness – Anthology Submission

07/22/2014  UAW-LUPA Contests – Print Contest

07/23/2014  Contemporary Verse 2 – General Submissions

07/23/2014  Drunk Monkeys – Short Fiction Contest, The Drunk Monkeys Anthology – FICTION, POETRY

07/23/2014  HRDCVR – #HRDCVR WRITING and RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (deadline July 23)

07/23/2014  Quiet Lightning – Quiet Lightning @ Litquake, Quiet Lightning + the 2014 National Poetry Slam

07/24/2014  Knight Green Line Challenge – Knight Green Line Challenge

07/25/2014  Driftwood Press – July Contest – Choose Our Contest!

07/25/2014  Drunken Boat – Poetry Book Contest

07/25/2014  Souvenir Lit Journal – Prose

07/26/2014  Writing Maps – July Writing Contest: The Big Gay Writing Map

07/27/2014  Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery – Art Call – 4th Annual “Animals” Online Art Competition

07/28/2014  ARTSPACE – Annual Call For Submissions

07/28/2014  Nat. Brut – SALE! Submissions

07/28/2014  Norman Arts Council – Norman Public Arts Board Downtown Sculpture Project RFP

07/28/2014  The Canary Press – Formerly known as the Genre Issue

07/30/2014  Ghost Proposal – Submissions

07/30/2014  Quiet Lightning – Quiet Lightning @ Litquake, Quiet Lightning + the 2014 National Poetry Slam

07/30/2014  UGA Press – Loraine Williams Horizon Award: Manuscripts in GA History, Culture, and Letters

07/31/2014  94 Creations – Fiction , Creative Nonfiction, Drama, Poetry

07/31/2014  A cappella Zoo – Fiction, Poetry, Poetry (plain text), Drama

07/31/2014  Ambit Magazine – Ambit 2014 Poetry Competition – Under the Influence

07/31/2014  Anomalous Press – Text

07/31/2014  Arts and Letters – PRIME Poetry Prize

07/31/2014  Augury Books – Poetry, Prose Manuscript Submission

07/31/2014  Big Burns Supper – Emerging Artists Programme – Big Burns Supper 2015

07/31/2014  Black Lawrence Press – Chapbook Consultations

07/31/2014  Blotterature Literary Magazine – 50 Words for $50 Contest

07/31/2014  Buttontapper Press – Sexy Shorts

07/31/2014  Cambridge Writers’ Workshop – CREDO: Anthology of Manifestos & Sourcebook for Cr Writing

07/31/2014  Chicago Literati – Wanderlust

07/31/2014  Cisco Writers Club – Articles, Books, Poetry, Short Stories

07/31/2014  Crazyhorse – Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest

07/31/2014  ellipsis… literature & art – Staff

07/31/2014  ExFic – Fiction, Poetry

07/31/2014  Fugue -Fiction,  Hybrid,  Nonfiction, Poetry

07/31/2014  Grift Magazine – Short Fiction

07/31/2014  Haunted Waters Press – The Tip Jar: Expedited Decision From the Depths & Penny Fiction

07/31/2014  HearSay International Audio Arts Festival – HearSay International Audio Prize 2014

07/31/2014  Jaggery – Fiction, Art, Essays, Poetry, Reviews

07/31/2014  Kalyani Magazine – “Geeking Out” Submissions

07/31/2014  Lighthouse Writers Workshop – Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship 2014-2015

07/31/2014  mixer publishing (post genre) – 2013-14 Contest: Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Popular Genre

07/31/2014  Neutrons Protons – VACATION

07/31/2014  Newtown Literary – Issue #5—Themed Issue—Speculative Poetry, Speculative Fiction

07/31/2014  Press 53 – 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry

07/31/2014  Psychopomp Magazine – Open Fiction Submission

07/31/2014  Publishing Genius – Chris Toll Memorial Writing Prize

07/31/2014  Red Dragonfly Press – David Martinson Meadowhawk Prize,  Emergence Chapbook Series

07/31/2014  Sarabande Books – The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

07/31/2014  Seizure – Bouts Rimés, Swear Jar, Epistles at Dawn

07/31/2014  Sheltered: an art benefit for animals at risk – 1. Exhibition

07/31/2014  shufPoetry – shufPoetry Annual Poetry Prize Submissions

07/31/2014  SmokeLong Quarterly – Brattleboro Literary Festival Flash Fiction Contest

07/31/2014  Spaceworks – Spaceworks Willamsburgh Library Studio Rental Lottery Entry Form

07/31/2014  Spectare Creative – Indie Ladies Comic Anthology Submission 2014

07/31/2014  Swarm – Poetry, Fiction

07/31/2014  The Ash & Ashford Humanities Review – Essays: Ashford Humanities Review

07/31/2014  The Lit Pub – Submit Your Poetry Manuscript Here!

07/31/2014  The Molotov Cocktail – Flash Monster Contest

07/31/2014  The Seattle Review – Poetry Chapbook Competition

07/31/2014  Trio House Press – Open Submissions Period

07/31/2014  What Books Press – Prose

07/31/2014  Word Riot Inc. – 2014 Paula Anderson Book Award

07/31/2014  Word Works Sdn Bhd – Readings from Readings 3: The 10th Anniversary Edition

08/01/2014  AKA Literary LLC – Like A Virgin Contest – #LV14

08/01/2014  Artspace New Haven – CWOS 2014 Curator Tours

08/01/2014  Ayn Rand Institute – ARI’s Junior Fellows Program

08/01/2014  Bird’s Thumb – Poetry, Fiction, Essay

08/01/2014  Blue Earth Review – Flash Fiction Contest

08/01/2014  Boldface Writer’s Conference – 2014 Robertson Prize Contest Announcement

08/01/2014  Cobalt – 2014 Gabriela Mistral Poetry Prize, 2014 Frank McCourt Creative Nonfiction Prize etc

08/01/2014  CWC-Peninsula – Fault Zone 2014 Short Story Contest – NON-MEMBERS

08/01/2014  Drunk Monkeys – Short Fiction Contest, Anthology – FICTION, Anthology POETRY

08/01/2014  Emby Press – Occult Detective Monster Hunter A GRIMOIRE OF ELDRITCH INQUESTS

08/01/2014  Gigantic Sequins – Poetry Contest, Flash Fiction Contest

08/01/2014  InSpiritry – Hunger for Peace

08/01/2014  Kenning Journal – Submission Guidelines

08/01/2014  Lunch Ticket – Amuse-Bouche

08/01/2014  Northwest Film Center – Fresh Film Northwest Youth Film Festival (2014)

08/01/2014  Nude Bruce Review – Fiction (Summer 2014), Poetry (Summer 2014)

08/01/2014  Painted Bride Quarterly – Issue 90: Technology/Prose, Technology/ Fiction, Technology/ Poetry

08/01/2014  Petrichor Review – Art, Poetry, Flash Fict & Vignettes, Short Fict, Long Fict, Cr Non-Fict, Comics

08/01/2014  Prairie Schooner – Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

08/01/2014  Profane – Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry

08/01/2014  Room – Annual Contest (Canadian entries), Annual Contest (International entries)

08/01/2014  Sage Hill Press – Railtown Almanac


08/01/2014  Skydeer Helpking – Issue 2 Submissions

08/01/2014  Slice Literary – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

08/01/2014  Stoneboat – Comics/Graphic Fict/Gr Nonfict, Poetry, Fict, Nonfict, Black & white art, Photo Essay

08/01/2014  StoryQuarterly – 2014 StoryQuarterly Essay Prize

08/01/2014  Storyscape Journal – Prose, Poetry

08/01/2014  The Black Warrior Review – Fiction (Prose) General Submission

08/01/2014  The Poetry Society – Poetry News – Poetry Society Members’ Poems competition

08/01/2014  The Wayfarer – New England Focused Issue (Autumn Issue)

08/01/2014  Tulsa Artists’ Coalition – Tulsa Artists’ Coalition’s 26th Annual Members’ Show

08/01/2014  Tupelo Press – July Open Reading Period 2014

08/01/2014  Virginia Quarterly Review – Nonfiction, Short Fiction, Poetry

08/01/2014  Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature – Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

08/02/2014  International Black Women’s Film Festival – 2014 Earlybird Deadline

08/03/2014  Banango Street – Special Issue: Women’s Issue

08/03/2014  UNM Honors College – Course Proposal Form – Spring 2015

08/04/2014  Fairmount Cultural Corridor – ExpressingBoston Public Art Fellowship – 2014

08/04/2014  MTSU Todd Art Gallery – 2014 MTSU Art Alumni Exhibit

08/04/2014  Ricepaper Magazine – Call for submissions: Activism issue


New Feature: Editors and administrators can now make submissions ‘editable’

July 16th, 2014 by

Organizations can select submissions from their Submissions List and open them up for editing by the submitter.

This feature benefits both the organization and the submitter. It lessens staff workload by allowing submitters to add, replace, or delete files attached to a submission and to edit their submission form field entries.
For example, an organization can ask the submitter to make specific edits to a manuscript. The submitter can replace or add a new manuscript version to his or her existing submission. Or, when a submitter makes a mistake in a submission, the submitter can request that the organization open the submission for editing.

How to Open a Submission for Editing 

Select one or more submissions in your list.
Click the Open Editing button  located at the top of the list. A dialog box will appear.
Select a Response Template to populate the email message sent to the submitter, or type a message.
Choose the From email address for the message and optionally add an Internal Note. Complete the process by clicking the blue MARK AS EDITABLE and Send Response button at the bottom of the form. The editable submission row will be highlighted in blue and submission Status changed to Editable.
The submitter receives a notification email and is directed to their interface for editing the submission (below). The Edit button for each form field is on the right hand side of the screen.    

When the submitter is finished making edits, they will click the Mark as Done and Close to Editing button. The organization will see the submission row no longer highlighted in blue and submission Status changed from Editable to In Progress.

Find Submissions Open for Editing 

Open the Search Filters panel by clicking the Show Search Filters button located at the top of the submission list. Select Editable from the Status dropdown list and click the orange Filter Results button (hidden in the picture below under the dropdown list).

Close a Submission for Editing 

To close a submission for editing prior to the Submitter marking the submission Done and Closed to Editing, open the submission from the submission list to view the submission detail screen. Click on the submission status (Editable) in the upper right corner of the screen and select Close Editing. Choosing any other option (Accept, Decline, Mark Completed, Withdraw) will also close the submission for editing.

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Guest Post: Are There Too Many Literary Magazines?

July 11th, 2014 by

On first glance, asking if there are too many literary magazines might seem akin to asking if there are too many writers or even too many readers. According to Duotrope, there are almost 5000 current markets for fiction, poetry, and non-fiction submissions. With all of these literary magazines out there, one has to wonder when enough is enough.

Are there too many literary magazines?

Whenever the door is opened for more participants, there is the potential for the quality of participation to go down. Take the sport of running as an example. Over the past few decades, there has unquestionably been a boom in participation. The number of runners is at an all-time high, as is the number of races. During this period, the average marathon time has slowed down substantially, even though the best runners are now faster than ever. Is the world getting slower, or are there simply more slow runners skewing the data? The numbers seem to suggest the latter.

Some might argue the same is happening to writers and publication. There are currently more publishing opportunities than ever. Between self-publishing and an endless offering of lit mags, anyone can lay claim to being a published writer these days.

Is the influx of writers a good thing for the literary community?

Unfortunately, much of what is “published” today just isn’t good. I’m not talking about genres I don’t like. I’m talking about work that is poorly written, poorly edited, and otherwise unfit for publication. Of course, some might ask who I am to judge what good literature is. After all, it’s all subjective. Was Faulkner really a better writer than Nicholas Sparks?

Naturally, there are actual distinctions between good writing and bad writing. Structure, diction, command of language, ability to develop a compelling narrative, etc. These are real things, and some people are better at them than others. I won’t definitively claim that Faulkner was any better than Sparks. They have different audiences, and there’s room for both of them as writers. Does that mean there’s room for The Rinky Dink Review next to The New Yorker?

When reading some of these “lesser” publications, you certainly don’t get the same feeling you do from reading a piece in The New Yorker or Tin House. Even if these particular publications aren’t your cup of tea, there’s no denying that the work they publish is technically proficient. Sure, maybe you prefer to read a poorly edited magazine run by a friend who was kind enough to publish your story. It’s not much different than the fact that people choose to listen to Nickelback instead of Beethoven.

Is it really a bad thing to have this “less” proficient work out there, especially in a form publicly available for free? I’m not talking about the self-published market where people are just testing the waters to see if they can earn a living as a writer. I’m talking about the “real” publications with an editorial process.

Let’s go back to running for a second. Is the sport worse off because of increased participation (and the subsequent slowdown of the average)? There certainly are some runners–mostly sub-elites who spend their days exaggerating their accomplishments on the “world famous” Letsrun message boards. However, you don’t often hear real professionals complaining that too many people are running these days.

Sports–running in particular–and writing is more than an apt comparison. Both have become activities that anyone and everyone can do. Or, perhaps I should say everyone thinks they can do. In a recent Nike ad, the shoe and apparel giant said, “This is not about lowering expectations. It is about raising them for every last one of us. Because greatness is not in one special place and it is not in one special person. Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it.

Having more literary magazines isn’t about lowering the expectations of writers. It’s about giving more people a voice. In recent years, I’ve read pieces in small online lit mags that could run circles around anything The New Yorker has published. While it’s certainly an accomplishment to be published by one of those big names, not getting published by them doesn’t make a writer a failure. The real success in writing lies in improving your craft throughout your career. Unlike running, where we are going to slow down as we age, we don’t have to get worse at writing.

There is no limit to how good we can become as writers. No one has reached the pinnacle of writing, and no publication has set a bar so high that no writer could conceivably reach it. We need these lit mags, not because they give us more places to publish our stuff, but because they give us more reason to create and more opportunity to read that which others have created. There may be plenty of inferior publications out there, but the literary community is stronger than ever today because of the many opportunities made available by the lit mag boom.


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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Submission Opportunities

July 8th, 2014 by

07/08/2014  Artist Inc Live in Argenta – Artist INC. Live in Argenta 2014

07/08/2014  Crab Orchard Series in Poetry – Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award

07/08/2014  M Literary Residency – Guidelines and Application Procedures

07/08/2014  Montpelier Alive – Art Walk August 2014

07/08/2014  NPN/VAN – Live & On Stage Performances 2014 – Artist Info

07/08/2014  PRX – PRX’s Second Ear

07/09/2014  ELJ Publications – The We Will Plan Big Things Prize

07/09/2014  The Circus Book – Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

07/10/2014  Bartleby Snopes – Photographs and artwork for 12th Issue

07/10/2014  Blank Fiction Literary Magazine – Surreal Fiction

07/10/2014  Matrix Magazine – Lit POP 2014 Poetry, Lit POP 2014 Fiction

07/10/2014  The Society of Arts and Crafts – 2104 John D. Mineck Fellowship

07/10/2014  Third Coast International Audio Festival -Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

07/10/2014  Women Unified in Consciousness – WUC Literary Magazine Contributors , Anthology

07/11/2014  Bird’s Thumb – Summer Flash Issue

07/11/2014  Clear Water Press – 2014 OYAN Summer Workshop Registration – Step 1

07/11/2014  Houston Bay Area RWA – Judge a Book By Its Cover 2014

07/11/2014  New Rivers Press – American Fiction Short Story Award 2014

07/11/2014  Pagan Writers Press – Flash Fiction Anthologies (Paid)

07/11/2014  Queens Museum – 2014 Open Call for the Queens Museum Studio Program

07/12/2014  FishFood & LavaJuice – Toxic Compatibility (Issue II)

07/13/2014  South Asian Journalists Association – Multiple opportunities

07/14/2014  FW Business Assistance Center – Fort Worth Business Plan Competition

07/14/2014  The Mark Twain House & Museum – Writing Contest: The Guidelines

07/14/2014  The New Guard –  Machigonne Fiction Contest , Knightville Poetry Contest

07/15/2014  Agave Magazine – ART, LITERATURE, PHOTOGRAPHY

07/15/2014  Catamaran Literary Reader – Conference

07/15/2014  Chesapeake Writers’ Conference – 2014 Chesapeake Writers’ Conference

07/15/2014  Constellations – Poetry, Art and Photography, Fiction

07/15/2014  Desi Writers’ Lounge/Papercuts – DWL Short Story Competition 2014

07/15/2014  Dunes Review – Poetry, Prose

07/15/2014  Epigraph Magazine – Poetry (Issue Seven)

07/15/2014  Fairy Tale Review – Contest – Poetry, Contest – Prose


07/15/2014  Gigantic – Penny-a-Word Contest

07/15/2014  Gigantic Sequins – Poetry Contest, Flash Fiction Contest

07/15/2014  Houston Poetry Fest – Juried Poet Submissions

07/15/2014  Last Best Fest Juried Art Exhibit & Sale – Last Best Fest Juried Art Exhibition & Sale

07/15/2014  Pea River Journal – creative nonfict, poetry, art, fiction for Fall 2014: the Burden of Home

07/15/2014  Pure Coincidence Magazine – Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry, Six Word Stories, 2D Art

07/15/2014  Rattle – 2014 Rattle Poetry Prize Contest Entry

07/15/2014  Room – Annual Contest

07/15/2014  SAND Journal – Poetry, Prose, Visual Art

07/15/2014  Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival – Film Submission – Early Deadline

07/15/2014  Southern Documentary Fund – Fiscal Sponsorship Application

07/15/2014  Story – Monsters [Issue 2]

07/15/2014  Tethered by Letters – Fall Poetry Contest, Fall Flash Fiction Contest

07/15/2014  Texas Review Press – 2014 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize

07/15/2014  THE COLLAGIST – 2014 Chapbook Contest: $15 Option, 2014 Chapbook Contest: $20 Option

07/15/2014  The Fabric Workshop and Museum – College & Post Graduate Apprentice Training Program

07/15/2014  The Unstoppable Woman Conference 2014 – The Unstoppable Woman 2014 Awards

07/15/2014  Word Riot Inc. – 2014 Paula Anderson Book Award

07/16/2014  Mash Stories – Mash Stories Competition #3

07/17/2014  Katonah Museum Artists’ Association – Juried Art Exhibition

07/17/2014  The Pinch Journal – Audio Submissions for Online Contest

07/18/2014  Art Centro (Mid-Hudson Heritage Center) – Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition

07/18/2014  Big Burns Supper – Lanterns for Burns Night Carnival – Community Groups Registration

07/18/2014  HRDCVR – #HRDCVR SOCIAL MEDIA FELLOWSHIP [July 18 deadline]

07/18/2014  NCAA – 2014 Student-Athlete Summer Submissions

07/18/2014  Norman Firehouse Art Center – Midsummer Nights’ Fair: Food Vendor Application

07/18/2014  North America Congress for Conservation Biology – Presentation Upload for Room GBB 106

07/20/2014  Haunted Waters Press – From the Depths: Fall 2014, The Tip Jar: Expedited Decision

07/20/2014  The Contemporary Photobook – The Contemporary Photobook: New Perspectives in Publishing

07/21/2014  The Gambler Mag – Feeling Lucky?

07/21/2014  UPPERCASE publishing inc – Calligraphy Auditions

07/21/2014  Women Unified in Consciousness – WUC Literary Magazine Contributors , Anthology Submission

07/22/2014  UAW-LUPA Contests – Print Contest