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 – Article Queries for

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


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.



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

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

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

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

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

Amy and Adam (Photo courtesy of Adam Robinson)

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

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

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

Asta: What does Adam Robinson do all day?

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

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

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

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

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


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



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Tutorial Video: Getting Started with Submittable

January 14th, 2015 by

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Submission Deadlines

January 12th, 2015 by


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

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

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

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

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

01/29/2015 monologging – #Bite Twitter Tales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01/31/2015 carte blanche – comics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01/31/2015 Lunch Ticket – Amuse-Bouche

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

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

01/31/2015 Melbourne Spoken Word – Audacious

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

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

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

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

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

01/31/2015 Nashville Review – Fiction, Poetry

01/31/2015 Noctua Review – Poetry, Fiction

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

01/31/2015 Norsk Vann – NORDIWA 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01/31/2015 Swarm – Poetry, Fiction

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

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

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

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

01/31/2015 The Island Review – Poetry

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

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

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

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

01/31/2015 Villainous Press – Sidekicks

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

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

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

01/31/2015 Wigleaf – Fiction

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

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

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

01/31/2015 Zenith Online Literary Magazine – Poetry

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

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

02/01/2015 All For One Theater - Production

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

02/01/2015 Arcadia – Arcadia Short Story Contest

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

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

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

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

02/01/2015 Chagrin River Review – Poetry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02/01/2015 Grayson Books – Chapbook Contest 2015

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

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

02/01/2015 JMWW – Poetry Chapbook Contest

02/01/2015 Kenning Journal – Poetry Submissions

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

02/01/2015 Lit Camp – Lit Camp Submission

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02/05/2015 Chicago Literati – The TV Issue


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

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

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

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

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

02/06/2015 Shenandoah – Non-Fiction

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

02/06/2015 Trillium – 2015-2016 Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02/08/2015 Next City – Vanguard Application 2015

02/09/2015 Art Red Hill – Painting

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

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

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

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

02/09/2015 Hugo House –  Internships

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

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

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

December Deadlines

December 11th, 2014 by


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

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

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

12/12/2014  A Murder of Storytellers – Faed

12/12/2014  Cymbals Magazine – Fall 2014 Issue

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

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

12/12/2014  nextstopmelbourne – Artist Registration

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

12/13/2014  Jellyfish Magazine – Poetry Submission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/15/2014  Blast Furnace – General Submissions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/15/2014  JAB – Found Poetry

12/15/2014  JMWW – Poetry Chapbook Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/15/2014  THE STILLWATER REVIEW – Poetry Submission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/19/2014  DEPS – Exhibition Application C33 Gallery

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

12/19/2014  Melbourne Spoken Word – Audacious

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

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

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

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

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

12/20/2014  Shenandoah – Non-Fiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/22/2014  LUMINA – Visual Art Submissions

12/22/2014  OccuPoetry – Poetry, Images

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

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

12/24/2014  Harlequin – Harlequin Romance Christmas Challenge

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

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

Interview with Sarai Mitnick, Founder of Colette Patterns

November 20th, 2014 by
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Photo courtesy of Sarai Mitnick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo courtesy of Sarai Mitnick

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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New Feature: New Document Viewer

November 19th, 2014 by

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

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


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