March 25th, 2015 by


03/25/2015  BSU Journalism Workshops – NEWS, FEATURE & ONLINE MEDIA: Newspaper Overall etc

03/25/2015  Camas – Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Photography & Artwork

03/25/2015  monologging – #FlashTag, #Bite Twitter Tales

03/25/2015  NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. – Call for Artists: 2015/16 Season, Call for Curatorial Proposal

03/25/2015  Silhouette Press / Here Comes Everyone – HCE magazine Election Issue Non-fict, Fict, Poetry

03/25/2015  The Willow Literary Magazine – Photography, Prose, Poetry

03/25/2015  VisArts – Call for Solo Exhibition 2016

03/26/2015  Berklee College of Music Academic Affairs – Faculty Fellowship, Development Grant etc

03/26/2015  monologging – #FlashTag, #Bite Twitter Tales

03/26/2015  Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild – Visual Arts

03/27/2015  Art Red Hill – Jewellery, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles/Craft

03/27/2015  Artscape – Barns Art Market Exhibitor Application

03/27/2015  BMe Community – BMe Leader Call for Stories | Baltimore,  Detroit etc

03/27/2015  Bronx Council on the Arts – 2015 Amended Project Budget for Arts Fund Grantees

03/27/2015  Diablo Valley College English – Nonfiction, Poetry, Short Fiction

03/27/2015  Friends of the Chappaqua Library – Middle School Fict, Middle School Non-Fict etc

03/27/2015  Givens Foundation for African American Literature – Emerging Writers’ Mentor

03/27/2015  Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery -5th Annual “CityScapes” Art

03/27/2015  Number: Inc – Number: Presents Art of the South 2015 Juried Exhibition

03/27/2015  Off Center Art Center – Earthly Pleasures, Celebrating our Planet with Art! OCAC Exhibit

03/27/2015  Overland – Applications for fiction readers, Applications for online fiction editorship

03/27/2015  Philadelphia Writers’ Conference – 2015 Spring Warm-Up

03/27/2015  Soupstone Literary Magazine – Soupstone Art and Writing Submissions

03/27/2015  TallGrass Writers Guild w/Outrider Press – Contest – Poetry – 2015 Anthology

03/27/2015  The Altar Collective – Volume VIII – Poetry

03/27/2015  The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes – 2015 Fire in the Gallery

03/27/2015  Wenlock Poetry Festival – WPF Children and Young People’s: ‘A postcard from afar’

03/28/2015  Arcadia – Arcadia Listens: Roanoke

03/28/2015  Cambridge Writers’ Workshop – CWW Newport, Rhode Island Writing & Yoga Retreat

03/28/2015  Idea Exchange – SHOW.15

03/28/2015  Writing Maps – The Writing Maps Writing Contest #13 (March) SUPERSTITIONS

03/29/2015  Council for the Advancement of Science Writing – Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships

03/29/2015  Fresh Arts – 2015-16 Call for Exhibition Proposals

03/29/2015  IWMF – African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative Fellowship

03/29/2015  Northwest Boulevard – Art

03/29/2015  Poetry Society of New Hampshire – 2015 Poetry Society of New Hampshire Student Poetry

03/29/2015  Porter Flea – Porter Flea Summer 2015

03/29/2015  Willamette Writers – 2015 FiLMLaB Competition


03/30/2015  Arch ∩ l’Arc – Short Story n Histoire Courte, Poetry n Poésie

03/30/2015  Art & Words – Art, Fiction, Poetry

03/30/2015  Association of Writers & Writing Programs – WC&C Scholarship Competition

03/30/2015  Ayn Rand Institute – 2015 ARI Summer Internship

03/30/2015  Cymbals Magazine – 2015 Year-End Print Issue

03/30/2015  Escape Artists – Podcastle — Dirty Jobs

03/30/2015  International Print Center New York – New Prints 2015/Summer

03/30/2015  Lighthouse Writers Workshop – Lit Fest Juried Application: Advanced Poetry, Short Fict

03/30/2015  Scottsdale Public Art – 11 Miles of Color

03/30/2015  Traverse Theatre – Open Script Submissions – Spring 2015

03/30/2015  Yale ISM Congregations Project – Summer Seminar Application

03/31/2015  [PANK] – Free Submission

03/31/2015  ABQ Writers Co-op – 2015 bosque fiction context

03/31/2015  Alice James Books – The AJB Translation Series

03/31/2015  Alternating Current – Full-Manuscript Contest Electric Book Award etc

03/31/2015  Arts and Letters – Fiction Prize, Poetry Prize, Creative Nonfiction Prize, Drama Prize

03/31/2015  Arts Mid-Hudson (formerly DCAC) – Art in the Loft Exhibit at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery

03/31/2015  As/Us: Women Of The World – Art, Fiction, Miscellaneous, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Spoken Word

03/31/2015  Australian Poetry Ltd – Australian Poetry Journal 5.1

03/31/2015  Bannerwing Books – Quill & Spark

03/31/2015  Barely South Review – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction

03/31/2015  Black Lawrence Press – Short Story Consultations with Adrian Van Young, The Hudson Prize

03/31/2015  Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik Festival – Workshop/Competition 2015

03/31/2015  Blue Mesa Review –  Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

03/31/2015  Border Crossing – 2015 LSSU HSSSP: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

03/31/2015  Buffalo Almanack – Fiction

03/31/2015  Center for Effective Global Action – EASST 2015-2016 – Visiting Fellow Application

03/31/2015  Chicago Architecture Biennial – Conceptual Proposal Submission

03/31/2015  Coffee House Press – Cr Nonfict, Essays, Hybrid, Memoir, Novel, Short Story Collection

03/31/2015  Curbside Splendor Publishing – Book Submissions

03/31/2015  Cutbank Literary Journal – CutBank Chapbook Contest-Poetry,Prose

03/31/2015  Darling Magazine – Online Drafts due March 2015

03/31/2015  Elsewhere – New African Poetry Special Section, Indian Short Fiction Special Feature

03/31/2015  Emby Press – MONSTER HUNTER: WASTELAND

03/31/2015  Fiction Attic Press – Tall Tales – Weird and Wonderful Stories

03/31/2015  Five Oaks Press – “Spring Is The Mischief” Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest

03/31/2015  Flights – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

03/31/2015  Gomma Books Ltd. – Gomma Books Submission, MONO VOLUME TWO

03/31/2015  Granta Magazine – Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry

03/31/2015  Great Lakes Review – GREAT LAKES POETRY PRIZE

03/31/2015  Hermana Resist Press – Finding Gloria: En El Valle

03/31/2015  HiveWire 3D – Open Rendering Season Contest 2015

03/31/2015  Hobart – Baseball (web)

03/31/2015  Hugo House – New Works Competition, Fellowship , Writer-in-Residence

03/31/2015  Jovenes Adelante – Solicitud 2015

03/31/2015  Kerouac Project – Kerouac Submissions 2015-2016

03/31/2015  Mad Scientist Journal – Flash/Short Fict “Selfies from the End of the World”

03/31/2015  Minetta Review – Art, Prose , Poetry

03/31/2015  Mutabilis Press – Houston Nature Anthology

03/31/2015  New Landmark Library Series: Public Libraries 2015

03/31/2015  Nine Arches Press – Under the Radar magazine Poetry, Short Fiction

03/31/2015  NonBinary Review – Unbound Octavo, Story 4

03/31/2015  Parsec Ink – 2015 Short Story Contest – Lost Voices

03/31/2015  Pearl Izumi – CANADIAN Run Champions Application 2015

03/31/2015  Phantom Drift Limited – Fiction #5, Non-Fiction #5, Poetry #5

03/31/2015  Phoebe – Fiction, Poetry , Creative Nonfiction Contest

03/31/2015  Photography, Expanded – Photography, Expanded Lab: Digital Narratives

03/31/2015  poemmemoirstory – PMS Poem , PMS Memoir , PMS Story , Solicited

03/31/2015  Powder Keg Magazine – Poetry

03/31/2015  Press 53 – Prime Number Mag Award for Creative Nonfict, Poetry, Short Fict

03/31/2015  PushPen Press – ONE

03/31/2015  Shenandoah – Bevel Summers Contest Entry (short story 1000 words or less)

03/31/2015  Slideluck – Slideluck Boston

03/31/2015  So to Speak: feminist journal of language and art – Nonfiction, Fall 2015 Fiction

03/31/2015  Sundance Film Festival DEMO – Documentary Short

03/31/2015  Sundress Publications – 2015 Sundress Chapbook Competition

03/31/2015  Tenebris Books – Novel submission

03/31/2015  The Arts Center of the Capital Region – 2015 Craft for Credit Exhibition Open Call

03/31/2015  The Buckminster Fuller Institute – The 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

03/31/2015  The Eckleburg Project – POETRY, PROSE, ART

03/31/2015  The Lascaux Review – Enter Flash Fiction in the Lascaux Prize Competition

03/31/2015  The Masters Review – The Masters Review Anthology

03/31/2015  The Offending Adam – New Writing

03/31/2015  The Seattle Public Library Foundation – 2015 Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship

03/31/2015  The University of Utah Press – 2015 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize

03/31/2015  UF School of Art and Art History – Coffey Residency for Book Arts

03/31/2015  UVIC – Internship Scheme — London Office based (3 to 6 months) etc

03/31/2015  Verse – Submissions to VERSE print edition with 1-year subscription

03/31/2015  Walloon Writers Review – Walloon Writers Review First Edition

03/31/2015  Whiskey Tit – I Was So Fucked Up: An Anthology

03/31/2015  Wigleaf – Fiction

03/31/2015  Wily Writers – AnotherDimension – Issue 2

03/31/2015  Witness Magazine – Fiction [Theme: Spectacle], Nonfiction, Poetry

03/31/2015  Word Riot Inc. – 2015 Travel Grant Applications – Round 1

03/31/2015  Writers Alliance of Gainesville – POETRY , CREATIVE NONFICTION, FICTION

03/31/2015  YesYes Books – Poetry for Vinyl, CNF/Essay for Vinyl, Fiction for Vinyl

04/01/2015  2015 GABBY Awards – TV – Best Newscast or News Story

04/01/2015  Ablaze Records – NEW CHORAL SERIES VOL. 1

04/01/2015  Aero Club of PA – 2015 Scholarship Application – Start Here

04/01/2015  Ambit Magazine – Poetry

04/01/2015  ArtTable – Lea Green Memorial Internship, Studio Museum in Harlem

04/01/2015  ASME – ASME FutureME Video Contest

04/01/2015  Atlas and Alice – Creative Nonfiction , Poetry, Fiction , Visual Arts

04/01/2015  Backyard – Green

04/01/2015  Bird’s Thumb – Poetry, Fiction, Essay

04/01/2015  Blue Springs Historical Society – Blue Springs Golden Regiment Commemorative Book

04/01/2015  Cleaver Magazine – Flash: Paid Expedited Submission

04/01/2015  Depth Insights – Depth Insights Issue #7, Spring/Summer 2015

04/01/2015  descant – Poetry, Fiction

04/01/2015  DJ Lee – WSU Courses – Response 10

04/01/2015  Finishing Line Press – 2015 NEW WOMEN’S VOICES SERIES CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

04/01/2015  Gap Tooth – Gap Tooth Volume #2

04/01/2015  Georgia McBride Media Group – IN THE BEGINNING ANTHOLOGY

04/01/2015  Great Northern Union Chorus – Chorus Administrator

04/01/2015  Hot Metal Bridge – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photo/Art

04/01/2015  Indian Summer Quarterly – Art., Flash Fiction, Poetry

04/01/2015  Jab Magazine – Staff Applications

04/01/2015  Kill Your Darlings – Commentary/Essays – Kill Your Darlings, Fiction

04/01/2015  NARS Foundation – International Artist Application – NARS Residency Program

04/01/2015  National Press Club – Consumer Journalism , Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism

04/01/2015  NCAA – 2014-15 NCAA Wrestling Content

04/01/2015  Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition – Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowship & Student Awards

04/01/2015  OxMag – The Golden Ox Award For Prose And Poetry

04/01/2015  Palaver – Spring 2015: Creative, Spring 2015: Academic

04/01/2015  Poetry International – 2015 PI Poetry International Prize

04/01/2015  Press Street – Present Thread: Call for fiber based artworks

04/01/2015  Rattle – Ekphrasis Challenge (online only)

04/01/2015  Signature Art + Literature Magazine – Creative Writing Awards

04/01/2015  Spring Creek Project – The Trillium Project

04/01/2015  The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story – Adult 19+ yrs

04/01/2015  The Citron Review – 2015 Citron Review Poetry Contest

04/01/2015  The Conium Review – Print Edition Fiction

04/01/2015  the minnesota review – Fiction, Poetry Submissions Spring 2015 Reading Period

04/01/2015  The Quiver – Outside Submissions, St. Sebastian’s Submissions


04/01/2015  USM Product – Poetry, Fiction

04/01/2015  Weasel Press – Weasel Press Publishing Guidelines

04/01/2015  Wick Poetry Center – 2015 Undergraduate Poetry Scholarship

04/01/2015  Women’s Studio Workshop – Beisinghoff Printmaking Residency, Studio Residency Grant

04/01/2015  Writers’ Trust of Canada – Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Student Nonfict Writing

04/02/2015  ArtsWorcester – Biennial 2015

04/02/2015  BRIC – “Concrete Stories” Brooklyn Youth Media Festival 2015

04/02/2015  Cleveland State University Poetry Center – 2015 First Book Poetry, Essay Competition

04/02/2015  Portrait Society of Atlanta – Summer Members Only Exhibition – Juror, Igor Babailov

04/02/2015  Soulwoman Sanctuary – Nourish

04/02/2015  The Clay Studio of Missoula – Clay Studio Artist Residency 2015/2016

04/03/2015  Individual Artists OK – Biting the Apple 2015 Call for Entries (IAO Members)

04/03/2015  Interrobang – Revisions-2

04/03/2015  Loco Mag – Issue #17: Novel

04/03/2015  Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution – Congress, Constitution, Contemporary Politics

04/03/2015  SQ Mag – SQ Mag Edition 20 – Special Edition – New Age Fables

04/03/2015  The Society of the Silurians – 1. Print Journalism: Breaking News etc

04/03/2015  University at Albany Art Museum – 2015 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region

04/04/2015  Boxcar Poetry Review – Poetry

04/05/2015  Conveyor Magazine – The Time Travel Issue — Writing Submissions

04/05/2015  Cordite Poetry Review – Poetry and Flash Fiction to The Lifted Brow &Cordite 51.1: UMAMI

04/05/2015  Echolocation – Issue 15 Stage/Screenplay, Art, Prose, Poetry

04/05/2015  FLEX Program – FLEX Civic Education Week Photo Contest

04/05/2015  Haute Dish – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Visual Art

04/05/2015  La Voz Magazine – La Voz call for artists, for its monthly cover

04/05/2015  LEAD Center – Nominate Someone for an Individual Award

04/05/2015  Sarah Selecky – Little Bird Writing Contest 2015

04/05/2015  Structo magazine – Lenten Psalm contest

04/05/2015  The Mill – Poetry , Fiction , Creative Non-Fiction, Art Contest

04/06/2015  California Poets in the Schools – 2015 Anthology

04/06/2015  Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation – Coastal Bend Wellness Switchgrass Review Prize

04/06/2015  Creative Currents – 2015 Creative Currents Summer Artist Residency

04/06/2015  Creative Nonfiction – Becoming a Teacher

04/06/2015  Gomma Books Ltd. – Gomma Books Submission, MONO VOLUME TWO

04/06/2015  Kaleidoscope Project – Kaleidoscope Showcase

04/06/2015  Negative Capability Press – Body in D[ist]ress Anthology: Art ,  Literary

04/06/2015  PTC FIRST Program – 2014/2015 PTC FIRST Championship Grant Application

04/06/2015  Summit Artspace Gallery – The Devil Strip’s Campaign for Newspaper Box Awesomeness

04/06/2015  Under the Clock Tower – Video Essays, Video Poems, Poetry, Short Fiction, Short Non-fiction

04/07/2015  The Miss Black US Ambassador Scholarship Pageant – State Pageant Director

04/07/2015  Wildfjords Artist Residency – Wildfjords Artist Residency 2015 Application

04/08/2015  Grist Journal – Grist Issue 8: HOT OFF THE PRESS SALE

04/08/2015  The Lifted Brow – Fiction, Poetry, Anything Else

Top 5 Reasons Newspapers and Media Outlets Should Engage with User-Generated Content

March 23rd, 2015 by

What’s user-generated content? Here at Submittable, we don’t really love the word ‘user’, but the term is used to describe any kind of content that is created by your users, or audience, for your publication or media outlet. Examples would be hikers taking pictures of a sunrise and emailing them to their local newspaper or readers taking videos on their phones of a car chase and sending them to their news channel. Submittable clients like Betabrand and the Rachael Ray Show are currently using our platform, respectively, to collect clothing design ideas and to receive cooking videos from aspiring chefs who want to win a culinary school Tuition Competition. The NCAA uses us to receive fan videos and pictures of sporting events. We use Submittable ourselves to collect FailBetter Videos.

So why would you do that? Our business development lead, J.R. Plate, recently gave us an overview of the top 5 reasons newspapers and media should engage with user-generated content.


1. Your audience can provide a constant stream of news stories 

A news channel can get user-generated content by asking viewers for videos, photos, and news tips.

A news channel can get user-generated content by asking viewers for videos, photos, and tips.

Your staff and contributing writers are indispensable, but they can’t be everywhere at once and they can’t know each angle of every story. Citizen journalism, or content provided by your audience and other members of the public, allows you to have an endless stream of news stories and tips. Why have one journalist covering a story when you could have ten? With over 71% of the US population owning smartphones, the ability to record photos and video has never been easier. YouTube and Facebook have made it easy to share this content with friends and family, but with Submittable, news and media outlets can easily accept, review, and monetize this raw content. You’ll get multiple perspectives and authentic content to further engage your audience.


2. Connect with your readers and viewers

Your readers and viewers love you. But maybe less than you think. What they do love is when you highlight people from your community whom they personally know or can connect with. Many of us get excited when we see someone we know on the news (and hopefully it’s not because they’re an axe murderer). Imagine if that story, photo or video wasn’t about a reader or viewer but was actually provided by him or her. Your other readers and viewers will instantly recognize this person and share that content with more readers and viewers, increasing your reach.


3. Control and own your content

Many organizations rely on social media to get user-generated content. Although these platforms are useful, it’s important to note their limitations. The biggest limitation to getting content from social media sites is your ability to control and own the content. For example, if a reader or viewer uploads a video to YouTube and you want to use it for a story, technically you have no right to the video; YouTube owns the content. With Submittable’s submission manager platform, you have full control and rights to your own content. All the data and content belong to you. This is huge.


You could use winter photos from your audience to create a slideshow. (Photo courtesy of Asta So)

Weather photos from viewers and readers make for engaging content that could potentially include ads (Photo courtesy of Asta So)

4. Monetize your content

Getting more content from your audience means that you’ll have more opportunities to monetize your content. This past winter, with the historic storms in Eastern Canada and the United States, much of the user-generated content in newspapers and media outlets was weather photos and videos. If you owned and had rights to that content, you could monetize it through advertisements. For instance, you could create a photo slideshow of sidewalks that need to be shoveled and reach out to a local hardware store that wants to advertise at the end of the slideshow.


5. Increase traffic to your website

With increased content from your readers and viewers, you’ll have more content that generates traffic on your website and other digital properties. This additional content will increase your audience engagement, and visitors to your website will stay longer, lowering your website’s bounce rate and overall making for website statistics that will generate that happy-fuzzy feeling from potential advertisers.

New Feature: What the Freak is Everyone Doing?…. Staff Progress Reports

March 12th, 2015 by

Hi Everyone,

We’ve released “Staff Reports” yesterday. This feature lets you see what the freak everyone on your staff has been doing. To use it, just go to Reports → Progress Report. You’ll see a list of all your reviewers and staff members as well as the number of assignments they currently have and have not completed.


Also, John added keyboard shortcuts so you can ditch your mouse when reviewing work. To use this feature, hold down the Shift key while pressing the Right Arrow key to move from one submission to the next submission. You can also hold down the Shift key while pressing the Left Arrow key to move to the previous submission.

Key Board Shortcuts on Submittable


You can also easily move through files within a submission. Hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the Right Arrow key to view the next file. Hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the Left Arrow key to view the previous file.




Finally, coming soon… Submittable 3.0! We are incredibly close to releasing a completely updated interface which will include tons of new functionality including:

  1. Ability to save filtered queries
  2. A partnership with Box that allows for better document viewing
  3. Ability to Accept or Decline on individual items within a submission containing a group of files, which is great for poetry and artwork


Thanks. I hope you’re well.




Submishmash Weekly: March 2-9

March 11th, 2015 by


Submishmash Weekly is a weekly human-curated newsletter bringing news and opportunities in publishing and other creative industries to artists, filmmakers, and writers. If you enjoy what you read here, please consider forwarding it. New readers can subscribe here. Thanks!


Publishing & Journalism:


Guernica‘s Jonathan Lee interviews literary agent Chris Parris-Lamb on the art of agenting.


Hurray! Shakespeare & Company in Paris launched a new website and now ships books worldwide.


Go Daddy interviews Elke Govertsen, founder and CEO of Mamalode Magazine, on launching her magazine and the life of an entrepreneur.


Jason Hayes at The New Yorker tells us everything we need to know about online dating.



Some opportunities:


Tulane Review is accepting submissions of poetry, prose, and artwork for their Spring 2015 issue.


The Cave Canem Poetry Prize is a first-book award dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by black poets of African descent. The winner receives $1000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a feature reading.


Millay Colony has extended their application deadline to March 8th. Visual artists, writers, and composers are invited to apply for residencies in Austerlitz, New York.


The New Quarterly is calling for Canadian poets to submit poems to their Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. The prize is $1000 and publication.



Colorado Office of Film

The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media is accepting finished scripts from Colorado screenwriters for their Screenplay Mentoring Program. Screenwriters will receive written feedback at no charge from film experts.







Torpedo Factory Art Center is calling for proposals from artists in all visual media for a solo exhibition this summer at the Target Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia.


University of Chicago’s Black Metropolis Research Consortium invites artists of all media and scholars to apply for their Short-Term Summer Fellowship. Fellows receive a $4000 stipend and will conduct research and create art around the theme of the Great Migration.


Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California, is calling for entries from artists of all media for their juried exhibition with the theme Spring is in the Air.




Seattle Pacific University’s Lingua Journal is accepting original music compositions of less than 7 minutes for their spring issue.


This newsletter was put together by Asta, Michael, Landon, JR, Laurie, and your team at Submittable. If you have news that you think we missed, please send it to newsletter@submittable.com. Got high-quality writing or artwork related to publishing or digital media? Consider submitting it to our blog. If you enjoy what you read here, please forward it to help spread the word. New readers can subscribe here. Thanks!

Where should I submit? And other Submittable FAQs

March 9th, 2015 by

Recently, guest blogger Kelly Davio answered some of your top questions as a submitter, such as, What does my submission status mean? and Can publishers see where else I’ve submitted? This week, I’m answering more questions that we often receive at Submittable from submitters, aka anyone who uses Submittable to submit work to a publisher or organization.


1. Where should I submit my work?

We post calls throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook, so follow us and like us (on Facebook and, we hope, in real life) to stay up-to-date on the latest opportunities. Once a month, we publish a comprehensive list of upcoming deadlines here on our blog. Every Thursday, we also send out our Submishmash Weekly, a newsletter of news and opportunities hand-picked by yours truly for artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers. Sign up for it here.

Plus, it’s still in the early stages, but stay tuned for Submishmash, an API of all contemporary art, literature, music, and film on Earth and beyond. We’re really excited about it.


On the organization's submissions page, you'll be prompted to create a user account if you don't already have one.

On the organization’s submissions page, you’ll be prompted to create a user account if you don’t already have one.

2. Do I need to set up a paid account with Submittable in order to submit to an organization?

No, you don’t. Sometimes, new submitters will go to our website www.Submittable.com and sign up for one of our paid accounts, thinking they need to do this in order to submit to an organization. You don’t need to do this! Only organizations that use us to receive and rate submissions need to sign up for a paid account (and even then, they get a free trial to test it out first).

If you’re a submitter and you don’t have an account with us, you don’t need to create a Submittable account until you’re actually submitting to an organization that uses us. So you’ll go to the organization’s website and to their submissions page. If they use us, before you can submit to them, you’ll be prompted to either log in to your existing Submittable account or to create a free Submittable account if you don’t have one. To create your account, you’ll fill out a short form on the organization’s submissions page. It’s really easy, quick, and free.

Click the ‘Create Account and Continue’ button and then continue with the organization’s submissions process. You can now use this account login when submitting to any organization that uses Submittable. You can also log in to your account at https://manager.submittable.com to check the status of your submissions.


3. I’m an administrator for an organization that uses Submittable, but I also want to submit my own work to other organizations that use Submittable. Do I need to create a separate submitter account? 

Click your name in the upper right-hand corner and click "My Submissions" to view your personal submissions.

Click your name in the upper right-hand corner and select ‘My Submissions’ to view your personal submissions.

No. To submit to an organization, simply sign in to your Submittable account with your existing login email address and password. After you’ve submitted your work, you can check its status by logging in to your Submittable account. To switch between your staff account and your user (or submitter) account, click your name in the upper right-hand corner of your Submittable account. You’ll then choose to click into your staff account(s) or to view your personal submissions in your user account.


4. Help! My submissions have disappeared from my Submittable account.

Don’t worry. If you received an email confirmation that your submission was received, it definitely did not disappear from the system. Instead, it’s likely that you have multiple Submittable accounts under different email addresses. Contact our support team and provide information about the submission, such as the submission title and the publisher you submitted to, and we’ll find the submission for you. We can also help you merge your multiple accounts so that you only have one Submittable account that contains all your submissions.


Make sure the type of file you upload is one of the organization's acceptable file types

Make sure the type of file you upload is one of the organization’s acceptable file types

5. Oh no, I can’t attach my file to the submission form.

If you’re having trouble attaching a file to the submission form, make sure your file is the correct file type. An organization specifies the types of files that you can submit, and the acceptable file types are listed on the form by the file attachment field. Often, if you’re having trouble attaching a file, this is because your file has a filename extension of .doc, and the organization only allows .docx. Resave your file as the correct file type. Then return to the submission form and try again. Also, we recommend you make sure your browser is updated to the latest version, for the best experience.


6. How long does it take for work to get accepted or declined?

This really depends on the publication, on their reading process and workflow and how many submissions they receive. Some publications state their response time on their submissions page (we’re a fan of this; this is a thoughtful thing to do). Having worked as a fiction editor on a literary magazine and also being an actively submitting writer myself, I have found that it usually takes 3-4 months to hear back from a publication.

Sometimes, we at Submittable will get emails from submitters asking why they haven’t heard back from a publication yet. We really have no say over how long a publication decides to take before choosing to accept or decline a submission, so in the end, as with writing in general, it just takes patience (and a bit of luck).


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 Opportunity Deadlines

February 25th, 2015 by


02/25/2015 deadCENTER Film Festival – Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature etc

02/25/2015 Loco Mag – Issue #16- The Re: Issue

02/25/2015 Manuscripts – Art/Photography, Prose, Poetry

02/25/2015 Mineral School – June Dodge Fellowship Application, Poetry/Prose Residency

02/25/2015 Motionpoems – Motionpoems WeeCinema Poetry-Film Festival

02/25/2015 Slideluck – Slideluck Miami II, SLIDELUCK Jurain , Slideluck Barcelona IX

02/25/2015 thread literary inquiry – Fiction, Flash Fiction

02/26/2015 Electric Theatre Workshop | Big Burns Supper – PERFORMER & PRODUCER

02/26/2015 Film Consortium San Diego and SD Film Awards – Register Your Film!

02/26/2015 fresh inc festival – 2015 Instrumentalist Application

02/26/2015 monologging – #FlashTag, #Bite Twitter Tales

02/26/2015 Writing East Midlands – Writers’ Conference – Agent/Writer One-to-One

02/27/2015 Appalachian Heritage – Craft Essays, YA Poetry, Creative Nonfict, Fict

02/27/2015 CitiesAlive 2015 – Design Track, Policy Track, Research Track

02/27/2015 eleven40seven – Poetry, Prose, Art & Photography, Drama, New Media etc

02/27/2015 Gauge – Artwork/Illustrations, Fiction, Poetry, Photography

02/27/2015 Gertrude Press – Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction

02/27/2015 Iron Horse Literary Review - Single-Author Comp, Prose, Poetry

02/27/2015 PEN America – 2015 PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize ($10,000)

02/27/2015 Red Ants Pants Music Festival – Music Submissions for Festival, Poster Contest

02/27/2015 Slideluck – Slideluck Miami II, SLIDELUCK Jurain , Slideluck Barcelona IX

02/27/2015 TIU Fine Arts Festival – Design, Fiction, Cr Non-Fict, Drama, Music etc

02/27/2015 Transfer Magazine – Transfer 109 Art Submissions

02/27/2015 UF School of Art and Art History – SAAH Alumni Invitational

02/28/2015 94 Creations – Fiction , Creative Nonfiction, Poetry

02/28/2015 Alternating Current – Full-Manuscript, Poetry, Prose Contests

02/28/2015 AWP – AWP Prize

02/28/2015 Black Lawrence Press – Poetry Consultations with Michele Battiste

02/28/2015 Bluestem – Free Feb Cr Nonfict, Feb Fiction, Feb Poetry

02/28/2015 BOAAT PRESS – BOAAT Chapbook, Photography Competition

02/28/2015 Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation – Switchgrass Review Prize for 2015

02/28/2015 CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action – The CURA Prize

02/28/2015 Darling Magazine – Online Drafts due February 2015

02/28/2015 Dirge Magazine – Dirge Dark Fiction Digest Submissions

02/28/2015 Driftwood Press – Fiction, Poetry , Visual Arts, Literary Criticism & Interviews

02/28/2015 ELJ Publications – ELJ Publications Mini-Collection Competition (BLIND)

02/28/2015 Fabula Press – Nivalis Short Story Contest 2015

02/28/2015 Fence – 2016 Fence Modern Prize in Prose, Fence Modern Poetry Series 2016

02/28/2015 FreelanceWriting.com – Article Queries for FreelanceWriting.com

02/28/2015 Gulf Stream Literary Magazine – Expedited Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction etc

02/28/2015 H&R Block Artspace – 2015 Annual BFA Exhibition

02/28/2015 Iris Brown Lit Mag – Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Art

02/28/2015 Jovenes Adelante – Solicitud 2015

02/28/2015 Kellogg Hubbard Library – Call for Poems: PoemCity 2015

02/28/2015 Lighthouse Writers Workshop – Denver Youth Poet Laureate Position

02/28/2015 Loyola Academy (DEMO) – Loyola Admissions Applications 2015-2016

02/28/2015 Lunch Ticket – Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfict etc

02/28/2015 Mad Scientist Journal – Short Fiction from the World of Mad Science etc

02/28/2015 matchbook – Ad Story Submissions

02/28/2015 Morehead Writing Project – Summer Institute Application

02/28/2015 Neutrons Protons – LOVE

02/28/2015 Northwest Boulevard – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Art

02/28/2015 NVWP Young Writers and Families Programs – Workshops

02/28/2015 Okey-Panky – Fiction, Nonfiction / Other, Poetry, Graphic Narrative

02/28/2015 pacificREVIEW – Fiction/Nonfiction, Poetry, Photographs/Artwork

02/28/2015 Parsec Ink – Triangulation: Lost Voices

02/28/2015 Peal – Peal: Spring 2015 10th Anniversary Issue

02/28/2015 pioneertown. – words. open submissions.

02/28/2015 Portland Review – Poetry, Fict, Flash Fict Feature, Nonfict, etc

02/28/2015 Requited Journal – FREE submissions

02/28/2015 Shenandoah – Non-Fiction

02/28/2015 Sinclair Community College Annual Writing Contest – Adult Fict, Adult Poetry etc

02/28/2015 Slideluck – Slideluck Miami II, SLIDELUCK Jurain , Slideluck Barcelona IX

02/28/2015 Specter – Art & Photography, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry

02/28/2015 Stealth Fiction – NoSleep Publishing Anthology

02/28/2015 Sun & Sandstone – Rocky Mountain College Subs, One Act Plays, etc

02/28/2015 Superstition Review – Art, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

02/28/2015 Tammy – chapbook and an issue of Tammy, chapbook

02/28/2015 Tethered by Letters – Winter 2015 Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction Contest

02/28/2015 The Delmarva Review – Fict, Creative Nonfict, Cover Art & Photo, Poetry

02/28/2015 The Kenyon Review – The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest

02/28/2015 The National Book Foundation – Innovations in Reading Prize

02/28/2015 The New Quarterly Literary Society Inc. – Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse

02/28/2015 The New Tropic – Join Our Team: Web Developer (WordPress)

02/28/2015 The Red Line – Conflict

02/28/2015 Tupelo Press – Snowbound Chapbook Award 2015

02/28/2015 Vestal Review – Flash Fict 2014 Award, Condensed Flash: World Classics

02/28/2015 Vine Leaves Literary Journal – Poetry, Blooming Vine Leaves, Prose & Script etc

02/28/2015 Wag’s Revue – Fiction, Poetry, Essays: Winter Contest 2015

02/28/2015 Walker Percy Center - 2015 Walker Percy Conference: The Last Gentleman

02/28/2015 Wigleaf – Fiction

02/28/2015 Winter Tangerine Review – Fragments of Persephone

02/28/2015 Wisdom Crieth Without – Poetry Submission: for May/June

02/28/2015 Writing Maps – The Writing Maps Writing Contest #12 (February)

02/28/2015 Yale ISM Congregations Project – Summer Seminar Application

03/01/2015 “Discover the Marine Industry” Art Contest – 2015-2016 Art Contest

03/01/2015 +Works – 2015 One +Voice Creative Awards: +Writing (Poetry),(Essay)


03/01/2015 Against the Grain – Against the Grain 2015 Literary Magazine Submissions

03/01/2015 Ambit Magazine – Fiction, Flash Fiction

03/01/2015 Annexe – [General Submission] Theme: Obsolete

03/01/2015 Apeiron Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non Fiction, Photography and Illustrations

03/01/2015 ArtCenter South Florida – PRINTshop Residency Program

03/01/2015 Barely South Review – 2015 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry

03/01/2015 Bond University – Poetry Gallery submission form

03/01/2015 Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College of Maryland – Art History Essay Comp

03/01/2015 Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference – Scholarship Application

03/01/2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fict, Nonfict, Poetry, Scholarships

03/01/2015 CBC Literary Prizes – CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize

03/01/2015 Clear Water Press – Student Helper Application for 2015 Summer Workshop

03/01/2015 Cleaver Magazine – Fiction (fee) during “closed” period.

03/01/2015 Columbia University Journalism School – Lede 2015 Admissions App, Aid App

03/01/2015 Enizagam – Fiction Contest, Poetry Contest

03/01/2015 Fictionvale – Episode Eight: Horror and Humor

03/01/2015 Fjords Review – Women’s Edition

03/01/2015 Fox Cry Review – Fiction, Poetry

03/01/2015 Gap Tooth – Gap Tooth Volume #2

03/01/2015 Grapple Publishing – The Grapple Annual No. 2

03/01/2015 Ink Monkey Mag & More – Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, misc

03/01/2015 Jasper Magazine – Fall Lines – a literary convergence

03/01/2015 Kudzu House – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Nonfiction, Visual Art

03/01/2015 Lighton International Artists Exchange Program – LIAEP Applicant

03/01/2015 Lit Camp – The Basement Series: Betrayal

03/01/2015 Little Patuxent Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essay & Creative Nonfict etc

03/01/2015 Lumen Christi Institute – Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation

03/01/2015 Meat for Tea: The Valley Review – Recipes, Flash and microfiction, Art, etc


03/01/2015 New Rivers Press – Fairfield Book Prize 2014-15

03/01/2015 North Carolina Writers’ Network – Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

03/01/2015 Oregon Poetry Association – Contest

03/01/2015 OxMag – The Golden Ox Award For Prose And Poetry

03/01/2015 Pagan Writers Press – Flash Fiction Anthologies (Paid)

03/01/2015 Pathos Literary Magazine – Winter 2015

03/01/2015 Peninsula Pulse Presents The Hal Prize – Photography, Nonfict, Fict, Poetry

03/01/2015 Phoebe – Fict, Poetry, Creative Nonfict Contest

03/01/2015 Playa – Visual Artist, Writer, Performing Artist etc Residency

03/01/2015 Prix littéraires Radio-Canada – Prix du récit

03/01/2015 Profane – Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction

03/01/2015 Redwood Writers Club – Poetry, Prose

03/01/2015 riverSedge: A Journal of Art & Lit – Fict, Poetry, Nonfict, Dramatic Scripts etc

03/01/2015 Robert Frost Foundation – 2014RFF_submit_w_fee

03/01/2015 Royal Society of Literature – Events and Education Manager Application Form

03/01/2015 Rubbertop Review – Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction

03/01/2015 Salem State University Soundings East – Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction

03/01/2015 Sibling Rivalry Press – Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women

03/01/2015 Slice Literary – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

03/01/2015 Storyscape Journal – Prose, Poetry

03/01/2015 Tar River Poetry – Expedited Submission + Two Year Subscription etc

03/01/2015 The Black Warrior Review – Fiction (Prose) General Submission, Nonfict etc

03/01/2015 The Blueshift Journal – Art, Poetry, Prose

03/01/2015 The City Club of Cleveland – Hope & Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay

03/01/2015 The Edward F. Albee Foundation – Visual Artists, Writers

03/01/2015 The Los Angeles Review – Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

03/01/2015 The Manhattanville Review – Writing, Visual Art, Video, Sound, etc

03/01/2015 The Oval – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Visual Art

03/01/2015 The Playwrights Center of San Francisco – PCSF Spring 2015 Auditions

03/01/2015 The Quotable – Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry

03/01/2015 The SCCC Creative Writing Festival – Creative Writing Awards

03/01/2015 The Writers’ Union of Canada – Short Prose

03/01/2015 Treefort Music Fest – T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST


03/01/2015 Wild Rumpus – Commissioning Project #4

03/01/2015 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing – Fellowship

03/01/2015 Woodstock Artists Association & Museum – 2015 Far and Wide

03/02/2015 AU Design Show – Design Show Submissions

03/02/2015 Berklee – Electronic Production & Design – 2015SP EPD Major Application

03/02/2015 Cardinal Sins – Winter 2015 – “Recycled” Non-Genre Contest

03/02/2015 Durham Arts Council – Season Grant Application

03/02/2015 Home Care & Hospice LINK – 2015 LINK Luminary Competition

03/02/2015 IMMANA Fellowships – IMMANA Round 1 Fellowship: Full Application

03/02/2015 ND/SA – ND/SA Poetry Chapbook Contest 2015

03/02/2015 Ox-Bow – LeRoy Neiman Foundation Fellowship, Summer Merit

03/02/2015 UNO Writing Workshops Abroad – Writing Workshops Abroad Contest

03/02/2015 West Trade Review – Fiction Submissions

03/02/2015 Women’s Studio Workshop – au·gust art festival: Public Art Proposal

03/02/2015 Writers’ Trust of Canada – RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Emerging Writers

03/03/2015 Two Cities Review – Contest: Fiction Submission

03/04/2015 Council for the Advancement of Science Writing – Science + Science Writing

03/05/2015 Forest Avenue Press – 2015 Forest Avenue Press Novel Submissions

03/05/2015 Persea Books – Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award submissions

03/05/2015 Porkbelly Press – Submission with Chapbook, Tip Jar (chapbooks!)

03/05/2015 Stork Magazine – Flash Fiction Submissions

03/06/2015 ayris – Visual Arts, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry

03/06/2015 Cats with Thumbs – Fiction, Poetry Submissions for April Pub

03/06/2015 On The Premises – OTP Contest #25: Learning

03/06/2015 Pilgrimage Magazine – Spring 2015 (39.1)-Flight

03/06/2015 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive ǀ Miami – RFP – Miami 2015

03/06/2015 The Cabin – ANIMAL: Writers in the Attic

03/06/2015 The National WWII Museum – Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar

03/06/2015 Words Without Borders – Ottaway Award for the Promotion of Intnl Lit

03/07/2015 Damozel – Art 2015

03/07/2015 Eclectica Magazine – Word Poem Challenge

03/07/2015 NVWP Young Writers and Families Programs – Workshops

03/07/2015 Stone Crowns Magazine – Young Adult Short Fiction & Poetry

03/07/2015 Studio 333 – Marin County Mud Show

03/08/2015 earthwords – Online Flash Fiction Contest

03/08/2015 Hewnoaks Artist Colony – 2015 Hewnoaks Artist Colony Application

03/08/2015 Room – Creative Non-Fiction Contest (Canadian Entries)

03/09/2015 Cannonbury Foundation – Charity App SPRING 2015 Granting Program  etc

03/09/2015 Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. – 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

03/09/2015 French-American Foundation – Young Leaders 2015

03/09/2015 Friends Journal – Jun/Jul 2015: Activists vs Mystics vs Pragmatists

03/09/2015 Rappahannock Review – Special Summer Theme Issue—Flight

03/09/2015 Target Gallery – 2015 Open Exhibition Call for Entries

03/09/2015 Upgrade Capital – Initial write-up

03/10/2015 Alchemy Literary Magazine – Fict, Nonfict, Script, Poetry, Art, Photo

03/10/2015 La Voz Magazine – La Voz call for artists, for its monthly cover

Guest Post: Submittable from the Editor’s Point of View

February 17th, 2015 by

This post was originally published as ‘Submittable from the Editor’s Point of View: Your Top 5 Questions Answered’ on February 3, 2015, at GaileyandDavio.com


When Submittable (formerly Submishmash) came on the literary scene, editors everywhere let out a collective squeal of joy. Submittable was, and so far remains, the only widely available, readily customizable, and affordable submission management system for the literary world. What was so bad about paper submissions, you ask? If you’ve never collected a tongue full of paper cuts from sealing SASE envelopes, take it from me: paper is no good for the editor.

Submittable has a great benefit for the author, too, and that’s greater involvement in the submission process. Using Submittable’s features, you can see the progress of your submission and even manage withdrawals and edits. Some of these features may not be self-explanatory on first glance, however, so we’re here to help you navigate them.


1. What’s the difference between “In-Progress” and “Received”? 

Submission statuses in Submittable

Submission statuses in Submittable

When you first send your work to a journal via Submittable, you’ll see the status of your submission marked “Received.” A submission that’s been “Received” is simply one that has made its way through the submission process unscathed. It hasn’t been assigned or voted on yet. Depending upon the editor’s Submittable preferences, she may have received an email alerting her that you’ve made a submission. This status is the equivalent of an envelope’s having arrived in an editor’s mailbox; nobody’s opened the envelope yet, but your work has arrived safely.

“In-Progress” is the next stage of a submission’s lifecycle. As soon as an editor does something—just about anything—with your submission, your work is marked as being “In-Progress.” (It is technically possible for a submission to have been opened without the status updating to “In-Progress;” for example, if an editor does not navigate back to her main Submittable view before closing the screen on which she viewed your submission, the status on the submitter’s end may not update.) Despite the fact that the status reads “In-Progress,” an editor may not have even read your work yet—she may have simply assigned it to a first reader. Or, perhaps she’s read your work thoroughly. She may have voted (yes, there’s a voting feature in Submittable; editors can give your work a “yes,” a “no,” or a “maybe” vote as they read, with more complex voting features optionally available) or made notes to other readers about your work.

The reading process can take some time, and there is no way for you to divine just how much progress your submission has made, or how readers have voted on your work. Try not to read too much into this stage of the submission cycle. Patience, friends.

Once the editor has made a firm decision about your work, she will use Submittable’s internal tool to generate either a letter of acceptance or a letter of rejection that Submittable emails to you immediately. If you see your work marked with the bright green label “Accepted” or the red label “Declined,” a letter should be awaiting you in your email inbox. Check your spam folder if you don’t see a notification email.


2. So if I get a rejection without my status ever having changed to “Received,” did an editor reject my work without reading it?

I hate to break this to you, but the answer is probably “yes.” It’s technically possible, as I mention above, that your submission could have been opened without that status having changed, but it’s not likely. And it’s unfortunately true that there are journals and contests out there who reject work unread. It’s not right, and it’s not—in my opinion—remotely ethical, but some editors make it a routine practice.

Another scenario is quite possible, however: the status of your work may have changed without your having seen it do so. An editor may have read the submission, realized it wasn’t for her, and declined it before you checked on your work in your author’s view.

Withdraw and Edit options in Submittable

‘Withdraw’ and ‘Edit’ options


3. What about those “Withdraw” and “Edit” options?

“Withdraw” is an option you’ll want to become familiar with if you’re a simultaneous submitter; once you have a piece accepted at a journal, you need to let other editors know that the piece in question is spoken for. Use the “Withdraw” button in Submittable to remove your submission from consideration. It’s always nice to tell the editor which publication will be printing it in the “reason for withdrawal” field. It’s interesting for us to know, and we’ll be happy for you.

But what if you’ve submitted, say, five poems, and only one has been accepted elsewhere? Don’t touch that “Withdraw” button! If you withdraw a submission, editors will archive it—they won’t continue to read your other work, and you’ll be unhappy as you wait around for news of your other four poems. Instead of withdrawing the whole submission, use the “note” feature in Submittable to add a note about your single-poem withdrawal to your submission. Your editor will get an email alerting her to your added note, and your work will remain “in progress.”

One last piece of advice on the withdrawing front: it’s worth noting that when you use the “Withdraw” link in Submittable, the editor of the publication gets an email alerting her of your action; if you’re a chronic withdrawer of submissions, those emails are going to get a little old. Once a piece is under consideration, it’s no longer time to tinker with your work. In a recent submission cycle, I had a man submit work, withdraw it immediately (I later learned he was revising his piece each time he did so), then submit it again. He did this up to three times per day for over one week. At first, I thought he was attempting to make some sort of statement, but I couldn’t sort out what it might be. Eventually, I emailed him and asked what he was trying to achieve. He was chagrined to learn that I was alerted to every withdrawal and resubmission; he simply thought he had some time to revise his work if I’d not opened it yet. Learn from this comedy of errors, friends.

Submissions with an “Edit” option are a relative newcomer to the Submittable feature family, and one that comes in handy when used sparingly. If you notice just moments after you’ve submitted work that, instead of your poetry submission, you actually uploaded your famous meatball marinara recipe (hey, it happens), instead of steeping in embarrassment, you can ask the editor to mark your submission “editable.” She’ll click a button on her end that will open editing on your document, and you will see a pencil icon next to your submission status showing you it’s open for editing. You can then click on your submission title and replace the embarrassing file with the correct one.


4. Can editors see where else I’ve submitted?

Nope. We can only see what you’ve sent to us—your information, and other journals’ information, is private. But even if editors can’t catch you sending work to 12 other journals when they don’t allow simultaneous submissions, it’s still a good practice to follow individual journals’ guidelines!


5. Can editors see my old submissions?

Yes, but it takes some digging. We can find your previously submitted work (and our votes and internal comments on that work) either by searching our archives for your name, or by following a link that Submittable generates in your cover letter that will lead us to all submissions made to us from your user account. To be honest, we don’t often dredge into past submissions. Reading new work takes enough time for most of us.


I hope this editor’s perspective has been of help, writers. Go forth and submit well, often, and with, I hope, much success.


BIO: Kelly Davio is the Poetry Editor of Tahoma Literary Review. She is the author of the poetry collection Burn This House (Red Hen Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and others. She earned her MFA in poetry from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.



If you have a counter opinion or would like to write anything for us, please send us your work.

Submittable 2014 Year in Review: Custom Forms, API, Mobile, and John Wayne Slept Here

February 10th, 2015 by
Lobby of the Florence Hotel, Missoula, Montana

Lobby of the Florence Hotel (Photo courtesy of Asta So)

You can do things in hotels you wouldn’t necessarily do at home.

When asked, my 8-year-old said the most obvious thing you’d do at a hotel that you wouldn’t do at home is jump on the bed. After some consideration, he said, “You might also run in the halls and probably watch more TV and stay up later. Sometimes you can go swimming.”

“Sometimes they smell really nice, but sometimes they smell disgusting,” he added.

His older brother cut in, “The smelly ones are called motels.” Then he said, “Sometimes people call motels ‘inns’ to make them sound like they don’t smell. Like the Holiday Inn.”

One of our staff said she tends to imagine her life differently when in hotels, especially nice ones like The Florence. “I’m less broke, more sophisticated, maybe a spy or famous author.”

Another said they make her think of Eloise, whom the New Yorker caught up with in July.

A few months ago, after receiving a grant from our home state Montana, Submittable moved into the Florence Hotel in downtown Missoula.

Exterior of the Florence Hotel

Exterior of the Florence (Photo courtesy of Asta So)

The Florence isn’t an “inn.” At seven stories high, it is the 5th tallest building in Montana. It anchors downtown Missoula, taking up most of a block on Higgins Avenue. The design is Art Moderne with rounded corners and sleek glass block wraparound windows that look out onto the M and the L. It stopped being a hotel in the late 70’s but retains that luxurious-yes-let’s-order-another feel. There’s a big beautiful lobby that has a wine bar & restaurant, The Red Bird, and a fireplace with a well-tended fire in the winter. An artisan chocolate shop, Posh, does retail out of the hotel’s old front desk. There’s a block of operating phone booths. John Wayne allegedly slept here, and there might or might not be an unnamed ghost with a handlebar mustache haunting the building.

We’re excited to be in this new spot, as we continue making tools that previously cost thousands of dollars available at a price almost anyone can afford. Our goal is to democratize the unsexy parts of publishing and media: editorial and curation.

2014 was a huge jump forward in trying to achieve these goals. Over 12,000,000 documents and videos were sent and curated using the platform. Over 2,000 new clients began using Submittable, including major publishers like Harlequin, CBS, Hearst and over 1,400 schools, colleges, and major universities.

We also shipped over 6,000 lines of new code which include the following features and projects:

An office with a view

An office with a view (Photo courtesy of Asta So)

  • - Ability to make submissions Editable: This feature makes it possible for editors and administrators to request changes in manuscripts or applications in real-time.
  • - A Mobile version for any OS.
  • Custom reviews: Ability for administrators to create fully customized surveys and ratings for submissions
  • - Redesign of the Form Designer
  • - Release of the Submittable VIP version which integrates with 3rd-party platforms
  • - Release of the Submittable API
  • - Launching of the beta version of Submishmash, an API of every creative opportunity on Earth

For this coming year, we’re well on our way to launching the following:

  • - Submittable 3.0, which includes a completely new UI and improved Social Network Integration
  • - Deep on Mobile. We’re adding an iPhone and Android app for crowd-sourcing news and real-time events
  • - Submishmash 1.0, which will enable developers and other websites to build pages and apps that promote publishers and creative opportunities

Today, in Montana, there are still ranches located hundreds of miles from the nearest town. Our headquarters, in Missoula, is thousands of miles from the nearest tech hub or venture capitalist. We started here and I’m thrilled (and relieved) to say we continue growing here. For me, taking up in this beautiful old hotel in our hometown of Missoula, we’re committing to our Montana can-do roots while aspiring to slightly ridiculous goals that you wouldn’t set at home.

Thank you to everyone who has used or uses the platform. If you’re in town, please stop by.



Have more feature requests? Submit them at help.submittable.com

Interview with Amy McDaniel, Co-founder of Real Pants

January 28th, 2015 by

Amy McDaniel is a fiction writer, essayist, and poet in Atlanta, Georgia, where she runs 421 Atlanta, a chapbook press and center of literary attention. She and co-founder Adam Robinson recently launched Real Pants, a literary website with the tagline literature and the new literary community. Last week, I interviewed Adam on the Real Pants launch. This week, I talked with Amy, Real Pants’ editor-in-chief, about the website’s editorial vision, the state of the literary community, and more.

Amy at the Real Pants launch party in New York City (Photo courtesy of Amy McDaniel)

Amy at the Real Pants launch party in New York City (Photo courtesy of Amy McDaniel)

Asta: Tell us how you and Adam Robinson came to start Real Pants.

Amy: As Adam hints at in his interview, I was skeptical. Like what would it be? And why? The first thing I really caught onto was Adam’s idea of having contributors sign on to a “beat,” some topic that they covered regularly, without too long of a commitment, to prevent them from feeling overburdened. Then things happened fast. We talked and talked, and, from Adam’s original idea for a site, our shared vision began to take shape. We started emailing possible contributors, and their enthusiasm and energy made it real. Real Pants!

Asta: How did you and Adam meet? How did you decide to work together on Real Pants?

Amy: Starting in 2009, Adam and I both wrote for HTMLGiant.com and crossed paths a few times, but it wasn’t until an HTMLGiant contributors’ party in New Orleans in 2013 that we majorly connected. Things progressed swiftly and sweetly from there, from long-distance love to cohabitation within a year. So, maybe because we admired each other’s work from afar before we met IRL, we’ve always sought each other’s opinions and advice about work and writing stuff. It’s been a beautiful dimension of our relationship. Our interests and values overlap, but we each bring distinct perspectives and skills to bear on what we’re doing. Like, he designs the chapbooks that my press publishes, and I tell him to charge more as a publishing consultant. Making a big thing together, this whole website with writers and advertisers and readers, is easy, natural, and right.

Asta: What is the “new literary community”?

Amy: There’s a lot, first of all, that the new literary community isn’t. It isn’t a group of writers who hang out and review one another’s books and crash on one other’s couches and follow the same people on social media, and maybe they all dig the Dirty Projectors and wear hoodies. That’s a scene. I’ve participated in the indie lit scene, or at least various incarnations of that, and, great, cool party. I love parties! I’m throwing one this weekend for the launch of Real Pants. So, we’re on the scene. We run Scene Reports that survey the literary landscape of a given city (so far, Buenos AiresAustin, and Tuscaloosa).

But community is something else, though it may at times overlap with a scene. Community means sharing values and a sense of purpose. Barry Lopez says that as artists we “draw in mysterious ways on the courtesy and genius of the community,” and that it’s “by looking to one another, by attending to the responsibilities of maintaining good relations in whatever we do, that communities turn a gathering darkness into light.” It is mysterious. It’s nebulous–what are those values, and who is part of the community? There are no club meetings or membership cards in literary community. Maybe the “new” part of “new literary community” refers to a new consciousness of what feeds us and what drives us–a kind of radical aliveness toward one another and to what we hold dear. My hopes for Real Pants are that we recognize and honor the people and the energy that sustains us, amplify a multiplicity of voices, and exercise thought and care in what we publish and make visible.

And we hope to invite conversation. We asked Natalia Castells-Esquivel, who runs a project in Atlanta called StoryDrop, to be our Community Engagement Editor, and she’s eager to get discussions going in the comments section and elsewhere on the site.

Chouchou, the official cat of Real Pants and Publishing Genius Press (Photo courtesy of Adam Robinson)

Chouchou, the official cat of Real Pants and Publishing Genius Press (Photo courtesy of Adam Robinson)

Asta: In addition to more traditional categories such as audio/visual and publishing, Real Pants features beats about food and craft. As a foodie and quilter, I dig this. How did you decide on your beats categories?

Amy: The categories came after the beats, and the beats came from conversations with each contributor about what they’d like to write for Real Pants. The Food category is especially close to my heart. Very early on, before we settled on a name for the website, I asked Kristen Iskandrian to be our Food Editor. She and I had talked for years about collaborating on some kind of food and books site, and Real Pants turned out to be a good home for that. Another favorite of mine is Civics. That’s where Scene Reports are housed, as well as any Point | Counterpoints that we do (starting with Adam and JD Scott’s debate about reading from smartphones), and Amber Sparks’ very smart beat, The Long View, on politics, literature, and history. It was cool to figure out how to form clusters of the beats that we’d assembled.

Asta: What kind of content are you looking for on Real Pants? How does it fit into the larger mission or vision for the website?

Amy: Wit used to be a much roomier term for intelligence, encompassing understanding, good sense, consciousness, intellect, and humor. Vision, too–think of witness. So I want content that shows great wit, in this expansive sense. Something that’s worth our attention. Everything should intersect somehow with literature and the arts. Elisa Gabbert’s beat, Style Guide, connects fashion in clothing to fashion in literature, and Leesa Cross-Smith’s beat, Line Drive, ricochets from baseball to knitting to Maeve Binchy, but it’s always about words and lines and stories.

Right now, I’m not looking for new beats or new beat writers, but I am looking for crackerjack ideas for stand-alone features and articles.

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

Amy: Sure thing! Read LaineyGossip.com. It’s my secret model for Real Pants. Elaine Lui talks about celebrity scandal and fashion, and we talk about books and publishing (Lainey Gossip does have a whole Books category right up top, covering everything from Divergent to Bad Feminist, so she’s not not writing about books). We’re doing something pretty different, but Lainey Gossip is literate, readable, funny, and cognizant of (though not centered around) feminism and intersectionality. I check it every day, not to find out what Jennifer Aniston’s been doing, but to find out what Elaine Lui has to say about it. I want that at Real Pants–you may not buy the book we’re talking about, but you still want to join the conversation.


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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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 sectionbreak.com and sxnbrk.com (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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