New Feature: Auto-Labeling of Submissions

September 27th, 2015 by

We’ve released automatic labels, which allow organizations with plans at Premier level and up to apply labels to submissions automatically based on the responses that a submitter selects on the submission form. For example, you can now automatically label submitters by demographics such as gender or country of residence.


To use our auto-label feature, follow these steps:

1. If you’re a level 4 or 5 administrator with a plan at Premier level and up, go to your Categories tab and click on the name of the category you want to edit. In the Form Designer tab, add a radio list, dropdown menu, checkbox, or checkbox list field to your submission form and select the Auto-Label checkbox.

Auto-label - Radio list checkbox

2. When the Auto-Label checkbox is selected, each optional answer you give in your field will be automatically applied as a label to the submission if the submitter selects that option. For instance, in this radio list, “Female,” “Male,” and “Other” are three possible labels.

3. During the submission process, the submitter will select his or her answer in your submission form.

4. In your submission manager, the submission will be automatically labeled with the option that the submitter chose.

Note that the text of labels is limited to 25 characters each. If the optional answer(s) in your auto-label fields contain more than 25 characters each, their text will appear as normal in your submission form, but the text of the label that appears in your submission manager will be truncated to 25 characters.


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Meet Submittable: Interview with Ryan Stiles, Programmer

October 6th, 2015 by

In this week’s edition of our Meet Submittable series, we chat with our software engineer Ryan.

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Ryan enjoying one of his favorite pastimes.

Tell us a little about yourself, Ryan.

I grew up in Michigan. I started playing hockey shortly after learning how to walk, and somewhere in middle school switched to skiing full-time. Summer was all about water skiing, boats, and riding bikes. In 1990, I headed West for college, and more or less remained out here ever since.

You must be an NHL fan. Have you ever attended any Red Wings games? I hear they throw a big octopus out on the ice for good luck before every playoff game, a tradition known as The Legend of the Octopus.

Oh yes, the octopus thing. Hockey is the only professional sport that interests me to any significant degree. We used to go to Red Wings games at Joe Louis arena in Detroit all the time.  

How did you come to work at Submittable?

I heard about Submittable randomly through conversation around town. I checked out the product and found it interesting. It’s somewhat similar to something I had built from the ground up with another company, which added some familiarity.  

How long have you lived in Montana? What brought you here?

I’ve lived in Missoula for over eleven years. The beauty, remote location, size of the town and slow pace are the main reasons I came here.

What do you do in your free time?

I like to hang out with the family, play music, survey wine, cook, mess with software, bike and ski.

What’s your favorite wine from the Northwest?

It seems like anything from the Willamette Valley makes me happy. I love the light-bodied, spicy reds. The whites have relatively low acidity and subtle fruit. The most memorable wines I’ve tried recently are from Anne Amie vineyards. Their white Pinot Noir is amazing. My go-to red right now is Wallace Brook Pinot Noir.

What’s your favorite home cooked meal?

My favorite dish is this thing that I’ve been trying to perfect for years now with heavy cream, wine, shallot, asparagus, mushrooms, and chicken.

Wow, you’ve been working on this for years.  What sort of perfection are you looking for?

I’ve found a standard formula which produces the desired flavor, but the texture suffers and it’s hard to control the volume.  It will be finished when the sauce is quite a bit thicker, and when my wife, Colleen, finds the flavor to be just right.

What’s your favorite place to visit in Montana?

Discovery Ski Area in Philipsburg.

What’s your secret talent/superpower?

That would have to be either ear wiggling, or the ability to pay extremely close attention to detail.

Any books you’re reading or have recently read that you’d like to recommend?

I rarely read books anymore. After reading computer code and documentation all day, I’m done.

Eye exhaustion. I can understand that. What about cookbooks?

The Joy of Cooking sees the light of day once or twice a year. Other than that, I do read lots of recipes and cooking information on the web.

Do you have any projects coming up, at Submittable or outside of Submittable, that you’re excited to work on?

It will be great to see the implementation of a new design that we’ve been working on for some time to come full circle with the addition of a new UI for submitters.

Meet Submittable: Interview with Greg Grossi, Programmer

September 28th, 2015 by

In this next installment of our Meet Submittable series, we chat with Greg Grossi, one of our rock star programmers.


Greg Grossi shunning modern technology.

Tell us a little about yourself.

When I was a kid I was infatuated with the movie Smokey and the Bandit and wanted to be a truck driver when I grew up. I had my first job in a bicycle shop when I was 13, and saved enough money to buy this new type of bicycle called a mountain bike. It was around this time I also discovered this narrow board that you stood on like a skateboard with a rope handle attached to the nose and started sliding down hills. Fast forward thirty years and I’m still doing the same thing, except I’m a programmer and not a truck driver. But I’m still riding and sliding down hills.

I see this ancient, wooden sliding contraption is still celebrated in Turkey at the Petranboard Skiing Festival. Did you make your own board as a kid?  

I’ve never heard of that festival in Turkey, but it looks like fun! At first we did make our own until my best friend, Danny, actually got one of the first Burton snowboards called The Woody. I vividly remember the first time on it in his backyard, laughing at each other and taking turns wiping out.

What do you do at Submittable?

I drive around in the Submittable van and give out free ice cream cones. Some days I try to program.

How did you come to work at Submittable?

John Brownell, one of our three genius Submittable co-founders, was someone I had worked with in the past and I found him to be just a pleasant, great dude.  He’s from Michigan and lived one town over from me in high school. I was pretty sure he and I were the only Detroit Lions fans in Montana. During our next meeting we talked music and I discovered he was the lead singer of my favorite Missoula band. Sometimes you just get a feeling about a person in life and don’t know why… then you get a random email, which leads to an interview, which ultimately leads to this work situation that I have never in my life felt so good about.

You have a degree in Forestry. Did you study programming in conjunction with forestry? If not, how did you become such a tech whiz?

Funny, I actually hated computers until I was forced to use one for a GIS class. After graduating in Forestry from the University of Montana, I moved to Bozeman. I had a heck of a time finding a decent forestry job so I went back to school for computer science. At that time it was very easy to find an IT job in Bozeman.

How long have you lived in Montana? What brought you here?

This is my 20th year here. While I was a forestry major at Michigan State University I took a summer road trip with a couple of friends to Missoula. Upon my return I promptly quit school at MSU and transferred to the University of Montana. I lived in a storage closet in my mother’s condo while I saved enough money to buy a $500 car and enough cash to get to Missoula. As they say… the rest is history.

What do you do in your free time?


Greg snowboarding in Glacier National Park

I enjoy hiking, fly fishing, and snowboarding at the low profile ski resorts. My hands-down favorite mountain is Lost Trail. They aren’t open Monday through Wednesday which makes for some insane powder days on Thursday. Adventure motorcycle riding takes me all over the West. A lot of times I don’t even have a plan. I just pack to camp and end up someplace weird.

What’s been your best food experience?

I was just in New York City enjoying a celebration of Denver cuisine at the James Beard House. We were there to enjoy a dinner prepared by the top five chefs in Denver. Lucky for us, my brother is one of these five. He served a killer dish of roasted Colorado lamb and fermented Hotchkiss apples. 

No way! That’s a big honor for your brother (and a lot of fun for you, it sounds). What is his name and where does he ply his trade?  

Yes, it was a big honor for him and he deserves it. His name is Kevin Grossi and he works at Lola Mexican Fish House in Denver. If you are ever there, I highly recommend Sunday brunch.

What’s your secret talent/superpower?

I think it might be coaching youth sports. I have been coaching youth hockey and soccer for the last 10 years and I’m now seeing some of these kiddos play competitively in middle school and high school. I would say the superpower is introducing a brand new sport to a timid kid and watching that kid develop into a confident player who truly loves the game.


Ta-Nehisi Coates on writing

September 27th, 2015 by

Ta-Nehisi Coates on writing: “I always consider the entire process about failure, and I think that’s the reason why more people don’t write.”

Posted by The Atlantic on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

October Submission Opportunities

September 25th, 2015 by















09/27/2015  BonBon Break Media, LLC – Feature Essays for October’s Theme: Inspire

09/27/2015  Quiz & Quill – Fall 2015 Micro Chapbook Poetry

09/28/2015  Brooklyn Arts Council – AccessArt Benefit Art Sale 2015 Submission Form, Local Arts Support

09/28/2015  Center for Effective Global Action – Second Annual Photo Drive, Call for Papers

09/28/2015  Hillyer Art Space – Open Call for Proposals – 2016/2017 Season

09/28/2015  PEN America – Award for Literary Sports Writing, Award for an American Playwright, etc.

09/28/2015  Qua Magazine – Art, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction

09/29/2015  The Gambler Mag – Feeling Lucky – September 2015

09/30/2015  300 Days of Sun – Prose, Poetry, & Art/Photography Submissions

09/30/2015  Alternating Current – Full-Manuscript, Historical Writing, Poetry & Prose Contests

09/30/2015  AME2015-Brazil – Artigos Completos para os Anais do Congresso

09/30/2015  American Literary Translators Association – 2015 Editor-Translator Speed Dating

09/30/2015  Apocrypha and Abstractions – Halloween Week 2015

09/30/2015  Austin Poetry Society – APS September Monthly Contest

09/30/2015  AWP – The Writer’s Chronicle Article Submission

09/30/2015  Black Lawrence Press – Short Story Consultations with John Mauk


09/30/2015  Blue Lyra Review – Translations of Poetry or Short Prose, Nonfiction , Artistic Images

09/30/2015  Broken Publications – (2015) Soul Vomit: Domestic Violence Reversed

09/30/2015  Buttontapper Press – Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From Pop Songs

09/30/2015  Calypso Editions – September Open Submissions

09/30/2015  Cannonball – (r.a.d) Fall 2015

09/30/2015  Carina Press – Virtual Critique Group Contest

09/30/2015  Carolina Global Photography Competition – 2015-2016 Entry Form

09/30/2015  Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. – The Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

09/30/2015  Chicago Literati – The Fiction Issue

09/30/2015  Cobalt – Gabriela Mistral Poetry Prize, Zora Neale Hurston Fiction Prize

09/30/2015  Crab Fat Magazine – Poetry, Flash Fiction, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction

09/30/2015  Dirty Chai – Visual Art & Photography, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction

09/30/2015  Emerge Literary Journal – Farewell, Poetry, Prose (Flash Fiction up to 750 words)

09/30/2015  Escape Pod – Artemis Rising

09/30/2015  Fabula Press – Aestas 2015

09/30/2015  Fact-Simile Editions – Open Chapbook

09/30/2015  Fey Publishing – Witches Anthology Submissions , Stories/Personal Essays

09/30/2015  Fidea Design GmbH – Bewerbung Gastlabel für DesignSchenken 2015

09/30/2015  FLARE: The Flagler Review – Art – Fall

09/30/2015  Fort Worth Community Arts Center – ART7 Gallery: 2016 Regional Juried Call for Artists

09/30/2015  French-American Foundation – 2015 Immigration Journalism Award

09/30/2015  Gargoyle Magazine Paycock Press – Artwork

09/30/2015  Geek Puff – Photo Essay, Illustration & Multimedia

09/30/2015  Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters – 2015 MICRO-FICTION CONTEST

09/30/2015  High Desert Design Council – Current HDDC Members Enter Here.

09/30/2015  Hippocampus Magazine – 2015 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction

09/30/2015  Inklette – Non-fiction, Photography, Fiction, Poetry

09/30/2015  JMC Academy – 2015 JMC Academy Martini Film Awards Mocktail Submission

09/30/2015  Kill Your Darlings – Commentary/Essays, Reviews, Fiction

09/30/2015  Lighthouse Writers Workshop – Communications Coordinator

09/30/2015  Mad Scientist Journal – Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, & Serial Fiction

09/30/2015  Magma Poetry – Magma 64 – ‘Risk’

09/30/2015  Montgomery College Innovation Works – Montgomery College Innovation Journal

09/30/2015  NDPC Community Outreach Committee – 1st Annual Share the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive

09/30/2015  Norman Arts Council – Cultural Connections: Norman in Arezzo, Italy RFP

09/30/2015  NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship – 2015 Artist’s Project Application – September 30, 2015 Deadline

09/30/2015  Philip Levine Prize at Fresno State – Philip Levine Prize in Poetry 2015

09/30/2015  Powder Keg Magazine – Poetry

09/30/2015  Press Street – Spillways

09/30/2015  Proximity Magazine – Issue Nine: Home


09/30/2015  Rattle – Ekphrastic Challenge (online only)

09/30/2015  Red Hen Press – Red Hen Press Poetry Award

09/30/2015  Sarabande Books – Sarabande Writing Residency at Bernheim Forest, Open Essay Month

09/30/2015  Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival – Film Submission

09/30/2015  Sonora Review – Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry – Free/Open Submissions!

09/30/2015  Split Lip Magazine – Magazine Fiction, Poetry, & Memoir Submissions

09/30/2015  Sukwtemsqilxw West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC) – YLW Skyway/SWAC Project

09/30/2015  Tar River Poetry – Expedited Submission, Regular Submission for Non-Subscribers (Free)

09/30/2015  TCR – Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Translation

09/30/2015  The Bleeding Lion – The Animal Issue

09/30/2015  The Ghost Story – The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

09/30/2015  The Lascaux Review – Lascaux Prize in Poetry

09/30/2015  The Stella Prize – The 2016 Stella Prize – Standard Entries

09/30/2015  ThrewLine Books – ThrewLine Books: Novel

09/30/2015  Tigertail Productions – ScreenDance Miami 2016 – (Submissions)

09/30/2015  UPPERCASE publishing inc – ISSUE 28: doodles and scribbles

09/30/2015  Urban Farmhouse Press – Ford City Workshop Anthology Craft Essay Submission

09/30/2015  Vine Leaves Literary Journal – 2015 Anthology Cover Art

09/30/2015  Waiheke Literary Festival – The Collinson’s Words on a Small Island Short Story Competition

09/30/2015  Watershed Review – Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Art

09/30/2015  Weird City Press – Weird City Inaugural Issue

09/30/2015  Wigleaf – Fiction


10/01/2015  Ambit Magazine – Fiction, Flash Fiction

10/01/2015  American Literary Review – Short Fiction Contest, Poetry Contest, Creative Nonfiction Contest

10/01/2015  Arizona Commission on the Arts – Professional Development Grant, Cycle B

10/01/2015  ASEEES – ASEEES First Book Subvention Program

10/01/2015  Bat City Review – Bat City: Poetry , Bat City: Fiction, Bat City: Creative Non-Fiction

10/01/2015  Big Sky Public Library – Annual K-12 Writing Contest

10/01/2015  Chautauqua Institution – Special Studies 2016 Course Proposal

10/01/2015  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – One City, One Symphony Poetry Contest

10/01/2015  Contemporary Verse 2 – Young Buck Poetry Prize 2015

10/01/2015  Crab Orchard Review – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Nonfiction

10/01/2015  Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts – 2015 Short Fiction guidelines, 2015 Poetry submissions

10/01/2015  Dance Films Association – Dance on Camera Festival 2016

10/01/2015  Fiction Fix – Fiction

10/01/2015  Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts – Fiction, Poetry , YA and Children’s Lit

10/01/2015  Les Figues Press – Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest 2015

10/01/2015  LUMINA – Fiction Contest 2015 , General Submissions Vol. XV, Online Submissions: Issue 5

10/01/2015  Miami Street Photography Festival – MIAMI PHOTO SERIES

10/01/2015  Midwest Review – fiction, nonfiction, photography/visual art, poetry


10/01/2015  Moon City Press – The 2016 Moon City Short Fiction Award

10/01/2015  NANO Fiction – The Queer Issue

10/01/2015  NARS Foundation – NARS Residency Program

10/01/2015  Nashville Review – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

10/01/2015  National Federation of State Poetry Societies – POETRY MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION

10/01/2015  New Economy Initiative/NEIdeas – 100K Challenge 2015, 10K Challenge 2015

10/01/2015  New Issues Poetry & Prose – Green Rose Prize

10/01/2015  New Rivers Press – The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series 2015

10/01/2015  New York Mills Arts Retreat – Arts Retreat Application (Jan-Jun 2016)

10/01/2015  Oyez Review – Fiction, Issue 43, Creative Nonfiction, Issue 43, Poetry, Issue 43, Art, Issue 43

10/01/2015  Philadelphia Sculpture Gym – Call For Artists. process WOOD IV

10/01/2015  PodCastle – PodCastle: Artemis Rising

10/01/2015  RISD Museum – Artist Fellowship

10/01/2015  San Antonio Writers Guild – Novel – First Chapter, Poetry, Short Story

10/01/2015  Saw Palm – Comics, Art/Photography, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction- Cuba Theme

10/01/2015  Sugared Water – Tip Jar!

10/01/2015  Sycamore Review – Fiction Submissions, Poetry Submissions

10/01/2015  Talking Writing – Contest 2015: Hybrid Poetry

10/01/2015  Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival – SAS Fiction Contest

10/01/2015  Textile Society of America – Paper Abstract, Organized Session, Exhibition Proposal

10/01/2015  The Arts Center of the Capital Region – BraVa! a unique event benefiting women

10/01/2015  The Conium Review – Web Fiction Submissions

10/01/2015  The Iowa Review – Iowa City Literary Landmark Photo Contest

10/01/2015  The Rag – Submission Only

10/01/2015  The Sun Magazine – Readers Write: Bosses


10/01/2015  ugly duckling presse – Queries for books not classified as “translation”

10/01/2015  Win the Blue Hill Inn – Win the Blue Hill Inn Essay

10/01/2015  Winter Tangerine – Visual Art, Prose, Poetry

10/01/2015  Women’s Studio Workshop – Studio Residency in Malmö, Sweden

10/02/2015  America Media – Voices from the Margins ’15 Film Contest

10/02/2015  Cats with Thumbs – Fiction Submissions for Publication, Poetry Submissions for Publication

10/02/2015  Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts – 2015 MFA Biennial

10/02/2015  Macy Art Gallery – Myers Art Prizes 2015

10/02/2015  Purdue University GalleriEmployeees – 18th North American Small Print Exhibition

10/02/2015  Side B Magazine – Special Feature: “Coloring Desire”

10/02/2015  The Art League – MAX EXHIBIT (small works), mini exhibit – (LARGE WORKS)

10/02/2015  The Auburn Circle – Poetry, Prose, Visual Arts

10/02/2015  The Journal – The OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry

10/02/2015  Word Riot Inc. – 2015 Travel Grant Applications – Round 3

10/02/2015  Writers’ Trust of Canada – 2016-17 Berton House Writers-in-Residence

10/03/2015  Equitable Life & Casualty Insurance Company – Artist Submission Registration

10/03/2015  IWMF – African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative Fellowship

10/03/2015  Split This Rock – World & Me Poetry Contest 2015

10/04/2015  Porter Flea – Porter Flea Holiday X

10/04/2015  Summit Artspace Gallery – ReWorks Latex Paint Art Project

10/04/2015  Whitefish Review – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art & Photography

10/05/2015  Ecotones: Encounters, Crossings, and Communities – Article New Ecotones

10/05/2015  Houston Poetry Fest – Youth Poet Submissions

10/05/2015  Kansas Authors Club – Literary Contribution for 2016 Kansas Authors Club Yearbook

10/05/2015  Montana Film Office – YouTube Content Preliminary Pitch

10/05/2015  NYFA Learning/Professional Development – Boot Camp for the Performing Arts

10/06/2015  LA Fund for Public Education – Girls Build LA Challenge Application: 2015

10/07/2015  Welter – Creative non-fiction, Fiction, Memoir, Poetry

10/08/2015  Another Chicago Magazine – Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction

10/08/2015  HearSay International Audio Arts Festival – The HearSay Prize 2015

10/08/2015  Soliloquies Anthology – Fiction, Poetry

10/08/2015  WUD Publications – Illumination Fall 2015 Call for Submissions

10/09/2015  eleven40seven – Poetry, Prose, Art & Photography, Drama, New Media

10/09/2015  Lansing Art Gallery – 2015 Holiday Exhibition

10/09/2015  Latino Screenwriters Project – 2016 Latino Screenwriting Project

10/09/2015  Soliloquies Anthology – Fiction, Poetry

10/09/2015  TAYO Literary Magazine – Fiction & Poetry

10/09/2015  The Paper Lantern: Normandale’s Literary Magazine – Artwork, Drama, Fiction, Poetry, etc

10/10/2015  Porkbelly Press – Love Me, Love My Belly zine – Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction, etc

10/10/2015  Slideluck – SLIDELUCK Hong Kong II

10/10/2015  The Quarterday Review – The Samhain (October 2015) General Submissions

Meet Submittable: Interview with J.R. Plate, Business Development

September 18th, 2015 by

In this continuation of our Meet Submittable series, we chat with J.R. Plate in Business Development

J.R. Plate, our business development pro

J.R. Plate, our business development pro

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up outside of Chicago with my parents and two older sisters. I was one of those freaky kids who had crazy allergies, both food and environmental. Thank goodness I outgrew those, because not being able to eat or go outside for the first 12 years of my life was kind of a drag. By 13, I was a pretty typical kid. I loved playing sports and wanted to grow up to be a professional soccer player.

I came to The University of Montana and was certain I was going to execute my master plan of obtaining a master’s degree and PhD so I could live the plush life of academia. We all know how that story turned out. These days I enjoy the startup/entrepreneurial world. There’s something satisfying about helping to build something cool alongside great people.

How did you come to work at Submittable?

When I moved back to Missoula for the second time, I was introduced to Submittable by a college friend. After doing some research on Submittable, and after a few run-ins with Michael (our CEO), I knew I wanted to work here. I basically hounded him for three months until he offered to give me a shot at sales.

How long have you lived in Montana? What brought you here?

This is my second go-round in Missoula. I originally moved here in 1995 to pursue my undergrad. After I graduated, I began a 12-year walkabout chasing jobs for a variety of startup companies. This journey took me to places like Portland, ME, Miami, and ultimately back home to Chicago. I returned to Missoula for a vacation in the summer of 2012 to visit some good friends. I announced before I left to go home that I would return to Missoula within a year. The second day after I returned to Chicago I found out the company I was working for was laying off my entire division. Long story short, I moved back to Missoula a month later and started over. This was one of the best decisions of my life.

What’s your favorite place to visit in Montana?

If I revealed this spot it would be a crime. Lately, I just like to hike peaks that I haven’t hiked before to see if my legs and lungs can still handle some abuse. My favorite peak that I’ve hiked in the recent past is Trapper Peak in the Bitterroot Range.


J.R. rock climbing near Alberton, MT

Hey no fair! Is this a place to swim? Can you at least tell us why this secret place is so special?

I’ll share this: it’s a hot spring in Idaho which is fairly well known but not travelled to often because of a fairly long hike in.

Favorite websites?

Mashable, Fast Company, Greentech Media and The Food Network (for recipes).

Any books you’re reading or have recently read that you’d like to recommend?

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard. It’s the story of Patagonia [the clothing company] and my opinion is that anyone who’s an entrepreneur should absolutely read this. Not to mention Yvon is pretty much the baddest of all badasses.

Do you have any projects coming up that you’re excited to work on?

Not sure if this is considered a project, but I’m heading to Mexico in January to go surfing and I’m working to get back into “water shape” so I don’t embarrass myself.

I would definitely consider this a project.  Surfing is hard!  What’s your workout regimen?

I’ll spend two months trail running and doing other cardio as well as weight training. Then I’ll spend the final three months logging hours in the swimming pool and working on breath control underwater.

What tips have you learned from Yvon Chouinard?

Best world domination tip from Yvon is to stick to your guns and do what you know is right.


Interview with the Barrelhouse web team

September 17th, 2015 by
Barrel House team

The Barrelhouse staff convening. Photo courtesy of Killian Czuba

Barrelhouse, a nonprofit literary organization, has been using our submissions manager since 2010. In fact, they were one of our very first clients. We spoke to web manager Becky Barnard, art director Killian Czuba, and online editor Erin Fitzgerald about the recent redesign of their website.


Caitlin: Before we get into the juicy bits, what are three things we should know about Barrelhouse?

Becky: (1) To steal a line from our website, Barrelhouse bridges the gap between serious literature and pop culture. (2) We’re a literary journal (also a small press, a podcast, and a provider of writing conferences and online workshops) that was created because the founding editors were talking in a bar about where to place a serious essay about Snoop Dogg.  (3) Our editors will arm wrestle you at AWP.

Killian: (1) Some of my favorite Barrelhouse poems have been about Kanye West, and at a recent staff retreat, we spent a lot of time talking about Howard the Duck. (A lot of time.) (2) Becky linked to this above, too, but in case you missed it: the podcast Mike and Tom do — Book Fight! — is awesome, as verified by the 2015 Philly Geek Award for Streaming Media. (Way to go, dudes!) (3) Barrelhouse embodies the spirit of WHYPHY (Warning, there are swears in that link.)


Caitlin: You recently redesigned your website. What was the impetus for the change? Why now?

Becky: We seem to redesign the Barrelhouse website every few years. Technologies change, or the purpose of the site evolves, or (memorably, with one of our WordPress sites) we get a little lax in keeping up with our security patches and the site gets hacked by Ukrainian teenagers, for reasons known only to them.

We moved the site from WordPress to a cloud-based web development platform about two years ago. We liked a lot of that platform, but there was one giant problem – the URLs were messy. I think our URL extensions were something like 30 characters long. That made social media ugly – if we wanted to tweet a URL, we’d have to run it through a shortener like, which hurt our SEO and took away from our brand identity.

Erin went from longtime friend of Barrelhouse and overall cool person to our online editor last winter. She has fantastic, fun ideas for new content, and we needed to share more links as her influence kicked in. Then in the spring, Killian agreed to be our art director. Killian’s responsible for the gorgeous art and the color schemes.

We’re using a banded web design that’s really clean-looking, and moves responsively for mobile devices. Other than a few static pages, most of our content goes into blog posts, that are then tagged and automatically sorted. Hopefully, we’ve made it easier for someone to binge-read all of our Barrelhouse Television Workshop posts, or our online issues.


Caitlin: Barrelhouse seems completely comfortable working in both print & electronic publishing, as well as curating both face-to-face and virtual experiences. You’ve got the print magazine, online publishing, the podcast, workshops, conferences… How does it all fit together?

Erin: When I came aboard, one thing I learned quickly is that the Barrelhouse empire is a very idea-friendly environment. If there’s a great concept making the rounds and you want to run with it, it’s highly likely that you’re going to find support. It all fits together because within each component, there are people who really believe in what they’re doing.

Killian: It seems largely because of the people involved. Have an idea? People think it sounds good? Well, let’s try it!


Caitlin: Did mobile influence the redesign?

Becky: Definitely! Last month, 22% of our overall visitors and 30% of our return visitors were on a mobile device, and those figures will probably go up again next month. We want to increase our online content, and we want to make sure that our users can view it comfortably on any device.

On the home page, I limited each basic category to three items, max. I didn’t want someone to get stuck scrolling through too many blog posts before they got to our conferences, our submissions guidelines, or our store.

Right now, our online content is naturally mobile-friendly – it’s normally just text with an image or two, although the spacing on poetry can sometimes fall victim to a reduced screen size.


Caitlin: Looking forward, what are you most excited about, and how does the new website tie in?

Killian: I’m hoping it will encourage more cross pollination with visual artists. We’re hoping to start accepting comics officially in issue 16 or 17, and I am stoked on that. The indie comics community is such a supportive place, and I think comics creators are in a spot similar to TV creators: they’ve broken free from Sunday Funnies and are riding the high of a tech presence. Patreon, Kickstarter (sorry, Dave, haha), PayPal donations, and the relative ease of creating and selling art prints and self-publishing quality work has made the comics world free in a way that makes the fiction-prose side of my life extremely jealous. Tech + Art = Happy, Paid Artists.


Caitlin: How do you see media evolving? What’s the biggest difference between the media you consumed as kids, versus what’s out there now?

Erin: I’ve always thought of media as the family we all share. Some of my favorite people in the world have been the people I talk to about books, music, television, and movies. And it’s not just about mutual affinity — it’s also about opening doors to shared experiences, and bigger conversations.

What’s out there now is smarter, and more inclusive. There’s a lot more room for both of those things to progress, of course. It’s a challenging and very interesting place to be.


Caitlin: Do you think fiction writers should watch more TV?

Erin: If “more” means season 2 of True Detective, no. But other than that, sure, if that’s what they need to do right by their work. I don’t think a Literature-Must-Abstain-From-Activities-Deemed-Lowbrow attitude has ever been useful. And in an era like this one, it’s useless and outdated.

Killian: I think they should if they like TV. Some people don’t like it, and that’s fine, but TV (and reading scripts–which I highly recommend doing) gets me really excited these days. You’ve got this sweet spot of huge audiences + people hungry for strong storytelling and experimental images. Like comics (sweet, sweet comics. Read all the comics, people!), TV can be hella literary.

Here's John, very comfortably allowing me to take his picture.

Here’s John, having his picture taken very comfortably. He added the tape before going to a birthday party. 

Caitlin: We love your T-shirts. Our CTO, John Brownell, has the one that says “fucking poets, man.” That’s a great shirt. Seriously though, what about those fucking poets? It’s easy to see how prose techniques fit into modern storytelling, but what’s happening with poetry?

Killian: As much as I love to keep up the facade of mutual distaste, the deeper I get into fiction (prose, comics), the more I come to envy poets. You read something like Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 and think: Fucking poets, man. Only a poet could write that book. Have you guys been watching things like Hannibal? Bryan Fuller totally has a poet’s eye. Aside from cross-pollination, I love reading contemporary poets. There’s a lot of play, a lot of politics. Like, Maisha Z Johnson’s No Parachutes to Carry Me Home (my current fave) tears into you so fast, you don’t even realize you’re sitting there, three pages in, ugly crying on the bus. I want more prose that does that.

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Caitlin Stainken is on the Submittable sales team. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana, and she’s an alumnus of the Chicago Neo-Futurists. At 5’4″, she’s the tallest woman in her family. 


Late September Opportunities

September 11th, 2015 by















09/12/2015  Painted Bride Quarterly – Monsters/ Prose, Monsters/ Fiction, Monsters/ Poetry

09/12/2015  The Tishman Review – Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction

09/12/2015  Yellow Springs Writers/Antioch Writers’ Workshop – 2015 Fall Retreat

09/13/2015  Guttenberg Arts – Space and Time Artist Residency : Winter 2016

09/13/2015  Overland – Applications for Overland poetry editorship, Applications for poetry readers

09/13/2015  Slideluck – Madrid IV – CONVOCATORIA ABIERTA, Amsterdam V, LA VIII, Bali

09/13/2015  The Playwrights Center of San Francisco – AUDITIONS for SHEHEREZADE’S LAST TALES

09/13/2015  The Vignette Review – AUTUMN: ISSUE 2: VOLUME 1

09/13/2015  Yo-NEWYORK! – Yo-NEWYORK! Issue 2

09/14/2015  ACS Scientific Video Lab – ACS Presentations on Demand (POD) Shorts

09/14/2015  Bronx Council on the Arts – BRONX:AFRICA Call to Artists

09/14/2015  Concrete Literary Magazine – Online: Poetry (October Issue)

09/14/2015  FreezeRay – Poetry, Fiction?, Art/Photography/Webcomics

09/14/2015  Geist – 2015 3-Day Novel Contest

09/14/2015  Hennepin Theatre Trust – Reflection: Made Here

09/14/2015  Knight Foundation – Knight Arts Challenge Akron 2015


09/14/2015  Maine College of Art – 2015 MECA Holiday Sale

09/14/2015  Princemere Poetry Journal – 2015 Princemere Poetry Prize

09/14/2015  Salesforce – Dreamforce Film Festival

09/15/2015  10,000 Tons of Black Ink – Creative Non-fiction, Fiction

09/15/2015  American Literary Translators Association – 2015 IPTA

09/15/2015  Andy Kaufman Award – Andy Kaufman Award 2015

09/15/2015  Art Centro (Mid-Hudson Heritage Center) – Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition

09/15/2015  Ashland Creek Press – The 2015 Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

09/15/2015  AWP – Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, Small Press Publisher Award

09/15/2015  Backyard – Yippee Ki Yay, Motherfucker! (October 25th)

09/15/2015  Bartleby Snopes – 7th Annual Dialogue Contest

09/15/2015  Brain, Child Magazine – Call for Submissions: Themed Blog Series

09/15/2015  Brittingham & Pollak Prizes // WICW Fellowships – Prizes in Poetry

09/15/2015  Cobalt – Poetry Prize, Fiction Prize, Creative Nonfiction Prize

09/15/2015  Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art – Poetry, Non Fiction, Fiction

09/15/2015  Constellations – Poetry, Art and Photography, Fiction

09/15/2015  Creative Writing Institute – Creative Writing Institute’s 2015 Short Story Contest

09/15/2015  freeze frame fiction – flash fiction

09/15/2015  Gigantic Sequins – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art & Comics

09/15/2015  Grist Journal – Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Craft Essay, Solicited Work

09/15/2015  Houston Poetry Fest – Youth Poet Submissions

09/15/2015  Jentel Artist Residency Program – WRITER – RESIDENCY, VISUAL ART RESIDENCY

09/15/2015  Lawndale Art Center – Fall 2015 Call for Exhibition Proposals

09/15/2015  Les Figues Press – Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest 2015

09/15/2015  Lit Camp – The Basement Series – High School Confidential

09/15/2015  Michigan Publishing – The Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

09/15/2015  NANO Fiction – 2015 NANO Prize

09/15/2015  Newfound – Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize

09/15/2015  Orange Island Arts Foundation – High School Open Poetry, High School Student Visual Art

09/15/2015  Orison Books – The Orison Anthology General Nominations

09/15/2015  Pseudopod – PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest

09/15/2015  Red Mountain Press – Red Mountain Press Poetry Prize 2015

09/15/2015  Red Rock Writing Workshops – Body of Land – Body of Work October 2-4

09/15/2015  SkeenaWild Conservation Trust – Wild Things, Wild Places, Wild People of the Skeena Photos

09/15/2015  Springfield Writers’ Guild – Prose, Non Fiction, Fiction, Any Genre, Humorous, etc.

09/15/2015  submission reading series – Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction

09/15/2015  subTerrain Magazine – Theme: “I Live in an Apartment”

09/15/2015  Switchback – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

09/15/2015  TAYO Literary Magazine – #SayHerName

09/15/2015  Texas Review Press – 2015 George Garrett Fiction Prize

09/15/2015  The Bronx Museum of the Arts – Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Application 2016

09/15/2015  The Capilano Review – Fifth Annual Robin Blaser Award

09/15/2015  The Garden of Unearthly Delights – Artist Expressions of Interest – 2016

09/15/2015  The Modern Quilt Guild – Call for Submissions: Quilt of the Month 2016

09/15/2015  The Players Theatre Short Play Festival – Boo! 2015

09/15/2015  The Unstoppable Woman Conference – The Unstoppable Woman Awards 2015

09/15/2015  Third Coast – Purchase Current Issue

09/15/2015  Ventura County Writers Club – 1st Annual Members only Memoir Contest

09/15/2015  Visual Studies Workshop – Project Space (Feb-May 2016)

09/15/2015  Yellow Chair Review – Horror Issue – Poetry, Flash Fiction/Non-Fiction, Photography/Art

09/15/2015  Zimbell House Publishing, LLC – Anthology: The Adventures of Pirates, Anthology: Bucket List

09/16/2015  Gold Line Press – POETRY Chapbook Contest, FICTION Chapbook Contest

09/16/2015  Hugo House – 2015-16 Young Writers Cohort

09/16/2015  Six Mile Post – Taylor’s Team

09/16/2015  The Greensboro Review – Fiction & Poetry

09/16/2015  ugly duckling presse – Translation Queries

09/16/2015  Writers Rising Up – Carol Bly Short Story Contest

09/17/2015  Arizona Commission on the Arts – Artist Research and Development Grant 2016

09/17/2015  Literary Garage – Coffee & Cigarettes: Short Fiction

09/18/2015  Brooklyn Arts Council – AccessArt Benefit Art Sale, Brooklyn Arts Fund 2016

09/18/2015  DiverseWorks – Diverse Discourse: Lecture and Studio Visit Series

09/18/2015  Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants – Community Arts Grant Application

09/18/2015  Idea Exchange – OriginalWorks Market

09/18/2015  Number: Inc – No:84 Time – Cover Art

09/18/2015  Seattle Mini Maker Faire – Sponsor Intake Form – Seattle Mini Maker Faire

09/18/2015  St. Lawrence County Arts Council – CALL FOR ARTISTS: “Art for Animals” Exhibition

09/18/2015  The Arts Center of the Capital Region – Nuts, Bolts, & BEYOND, Playmakers Space

09/19/2015  cahoodaloodaling – Historical (Re)Tell – POETS, Historical (Re)Tell – WRITERS

09/19/2015  The Cooper Union Pre-College Art Programs – Art Pre-College Outreach

09/19/2015  VisArts – Holding Space-Social Painting at Visarts Oct 2011-Aug 2015

09/20/2015  ArtSpan – BaySplash Mural Aritst

09/20/2015  Atlantic Center for the Arts – Josiah McElheny, Residency, David Shields, Residency

09/20/2015  IN FLUX – IN FLUX Cycle 6 Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

09/20/2015  Jaggery – Fiction, Art, Essays, Poetry, Reviews

09/20/2015  James W. Palmer Gallery – The Palate of Asia: Food Culture from across the Oceans

09/20/2015  National Parks Arts Foundation – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Artist in Residence & more

09/20/2015  Structo – Short fiction, Poetry, Poetry in translation

09/20/2015  The Dean’s Art Gallery – Fall 2015 Show

09/20/2015  unique as you / Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond – Call for Artists

09/20/2015  Woodstock Artists Association & Museum – Solo show Application

09/21/2015  Lominy Books – A Mystery for Most: An Everglades Anthology

09/21/2015  Streetlight Magazine – Fiction, Poetry, & Art Win/Lose Theme

09/21/2015  Zootown Arts Community Center – 4th Annual Festival Of The Dead Group Art Show

09/22/2015  Gomma Books Ltd. – Photography Grant 2015, early bird deadline.

09/22/2015  Pen 2 Paper – Fiction 2015, Non-Fiction 2015, Poetry 2015

09/23/2015  Friends Journal – Dec 2015: Economic Justice and Poverty

09/23/2015  Johnson County Library – Read Local – Essay: #IHeartU

09/23/2015  Tin House Workshop – Fall 2015 Tin House Craft Intensives

09/24/2015  FusionArt – Colors of Fall (October 2015)

09/24/2015  Southern Exposure – Alternative Exposure Round 9 (2015)

09/24/2015  Transfer Magazine – Transfer 110 Art Submissions

09/25/2015   The 2016 Incisal Edge Clarion Design Contest – Design of the Future, & Existing Practice

09/25/2015  Durham Arts Council – Emerging Artists Program Application 2015 (Painting/Drawing)

09/25/2015  Dzanc Books – 2015 Short Story Collection Competition

09/25/2015  Field Projects Gallery – OPEN CALL SHOW #28

09/25/2015  HEArt Online – Special CantoMundo Issue

09/25/2015  Litro Magazine – Space: November 2015 (Print Magazine)

09/25/2015  Morehead Writing Project – Fall 2015 Writing Retreat

09/25/2015  Neutrons Protons – BE A COLUMNIST

09/25/2015  Peal – Peal Fall 2015 Issue

09/25/2015  Zoetic Press – Unbound Octavo, Story 5

09/26/2015  Iron Horse Literary Review – #LikeAGirl: Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry Submissions

09/26/2015  Writing Maps – The A3 Review’s Monthly Contest #19 (Sept) TALKING ANIMALS

09/27/2015  Hillyer Art Space – Open Call for Proposals – 2016/2017 Season

09/27/2015  Quiz & Quill – Fall 2015 Micro Chapbook Poetry

Meet Submittable: Interview with Sasha Bell, Customer Success

September 11th, 2015 by

In this continuation of our Meet Submittable series, we chat with Sasha Bell, who is literally a rock star.


The Sasha Bell Band (photo courtesy Sasha Bell)

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m an East Coast, New York native who defected to the West seven years ago. Now I understand why people don’t return! It’s great out here.

What do you do at Submittable?

I work in Customer Success. I help clients get up to speed with our platform and answer all manner of questions about the submission process.

What do you do in your free time?

As a musician, I spend a lot of time playing music and writing songs. I’ll be putting out a record with my band Essex Green next year. Hiking, reading spy novels, and battling the aphid army in my backyard are also favorite leisure pursuits. In the summer, we try to camp as much as possible. I also like to jog, sometimes competitively. I recently discovered the insanity of skyrunning and was inspired enough to run the infamous Rut over Labor Day weekend. I ran the 11k this year. If I truly lose my mind I’ll try the 25k next year.

Please explain what skyrunning is.

According to Wikipedia, “skyrunning is the extreme sport of mountain running above 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) where the incline exceeds 30% and the climbing difficulty does not exceed II° grade.” It was invented by Italian mountaineers who organized races in the Alps in the early 1990s. The sport is regulated by the International Skyrunning Federation (sounds so futuristic!).

How do you practice for skyrunning?

I run the M. [Note to readers: This is a popular trail on Mount Sentinel in Missoula, Montana, in which one goes up eleven steep switchbacks that equal 620 feet worth of elevation in under half a mile.]

This all sounds too hard. We want physical evidence that you actually do skyrunning.

Sasha Bell - Rut Race

Sasha Bell actually skyrunning. (Photo courtesy Sasha Bell)

Okay. What’s your favorite food?

I’m drawn to nightshade plants – the edible kind. I eat mountains of eggplant, tomatoes and hot peppers. A perfect meal for me would be verdure in scapece, a simple meal that’s found in every highway cafeteria in Italy. Vegetables are grilled, marinated in vinegar, then drenched in olive oil. I also eat a large daily quota of cheese. Friends call me The Mouse. Truffle Tremor, Epoisses, Ski Queen Gjetost, string cheese. I eat it all too often. Baking is another food-related obsession for me. I went to pastry school a few years ago which was heavenly. When I bake at home I again lean toward Italy and prefer sweets that embrace citrus, ricotta, almonds, polenta, pine nuts, coffee, et al.

What places do you like to visit in Montana?

This summer, I spent a weekend in the Rocky Mountain Front outside of Choteau. This is the rugged, wild eastern slope of the Rockies. From Choteau you can drive deep into the mountains to behold jaw-dropping views. We somehow coaxed our 8-year old daughter to complete a six-mile hike to Our Lake where we saw mountain goats for the first time. The Front is my new favorite place in Montana. I look forward to skiing at Teton Pass up there this winter.

Any books you’re reading or have recently read that you’d like to recommend?

I recently read Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill which I really enjoyed. One can especially relate to it as a young mother, and I appreciated the unusual writing format. The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien was a recent, depressing read but totally worth it as she’s a lovely writer. Right now, I’m reading William Finnegan’s surfing memoir Barbarian Days. I constantly alternate between thinking “who cares?” and “how interesting!” as I read his prose. If you care deeply about surfing, or relate to angsty young men on a quest for self-realization, this book is for you.

Favorite websites?

I read POLITICO, Page Six and The New York Times daily just to keep up with the world (and The Donald). I used to live in Berkeley, so I subscribe to It’s fun to keep track of rents in the Bay Area and read about the tech backlash in San Francisco, the death of the creative class, etc. It makes me feel good about living in Montana.

Do you have any projects coming up that you’re excited to work on?

I’m going to Burlington, Vermont, next month to do a week of recording with my band. Hopefully, this will lead to a 2016 Merge Records release and maybe a show or two in an exotic foreign locale next summer!

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

My legs are very, very sore.

Guest Post: How I Got Published By Using Calls for Submissions as Writing Prompts

September 8th, 2015 by
Submissions as Writing Prompts

Illustration by Josh Quick

Back when I was in the MFA program at Florida Atlantic University, I wrote some brilliant essays. Okay, well I thought they were anyway, and for a while I sent them off to literary journals, web sites, and anthologies, certain that each one would be published, that every editor would understand my genius. I was clearly suffering from some kind of delusional illness, because everything I sent in was rejected. And that’s the life of a writer, I told myself. Trying to get published is like trying to get a movie role. A starring movie role.

What went wrong? I wondered. These pieces had all been workshopped. I followed every bit of advice from my teachers. I knew my writing was pretty good, or sort of good, or, all right, maybe slightly above average, and I needed the validation of publishing credentials, not just to show off to my grad school buddies, but to gild my CV for the elusive, tenure-track teaching positions I coveted. I knew I had to do something radical. I had to break the rules I’d dutifully followed in my MFA program, where my teachers taught me to craft my art, hone my skills, and write only what inspired me.

“Write for yourself, not potential readers,” my professors said. “Don’t write to get published.”

This is all well and good if one is independently wealthy or some kind of reclusive shut-in. I didn’t want to write in a vacuum. I wanted people to read my words, lots of people, and I needed to pay my utilities, car loan and credit card bill, and I wanted to do that by writing and by teaching writing and I wasn’t willing to compromise. I did something that is anathema to every serious creative writing professor. It was disgraceful, but it worked.

I used calls for submissions as writing prompts.

And I got published immediately in an anthology, with a two hundred dollar check no less.

I tried it repeatedly and it kept working, over and over. It was like I’d hacked one of the secrets of publishing.

Using a simple strategy, I was finally able to get my essays out of my laptop and into the hands of readers. I’d scour calls for submissions lists and look for topics that interested me. Then, I’d make a list and make sure I fit the publication’s criteria. I submitted everywhere — to anthologies, print magazines, literary journals, web sites, and even my local newspaper’s essay contest (which I won). Don’t worry, I would never do anything fraudulent or claim to be someone I was not just to get published. That’s evil. Instead, for instance, I’d see an anthology looking for poems about the beach and I’d go and write a poem about the beach. If I saw a call for cat stories, I’d write a cat story because Lord knows I’ve had a lot of cats in my life. Someone wants Christmas essays? Let me whip one out right now. Taking it a step further, I never wrote the first thing that came to mind, because chances are that would be too similar to the first thing that came to everyone else’s mind, too.

To get published, you have to stand out. Editors want an original story and that’s what I tried to give them. As I searched the calls for submissions, I tried to imagine what most people would send in. What common themes, stories and images would cause these editors to want to bang their heads against their desks in exasperation at the total lack of originality? Then, I banished these clichés and wrote the total opposite, turning the subjects on their heads from the very first sentence as best as I could. I found a call for submissions for true stories dealing with divorce. I’ve never been divorced and I figured most of the pieces they’d get would be from divorced women. Instead, I decided to write about what it was like to be a child with divorced parents. I was a little unsure, thinking maybe that wasn’t what they were looking for, but guess what? They loved it.

Calls for submissions make great writing prompts and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Sure, work on your other pieces, too, but if you get stuck creatively or you don’t have anything that fits what your favorite journal or anthology is looking for, calls for submissions can serve as excellent sources of inspiration. Take the risk, be unique, put your unusual spin on the themes they’re looking for and I’ll bet you’ll find some success in publishing your work, just like I did. (Note: My strategy even worked for Submittable.)


 BIO: Victoria Fedden is the author of Amateur Night at the Bubblegum Kittikat and Sun Shower: Magic, Forgiveness and How I Learned to Bloom Where I Was Planted. Her third memoir This is Not My Beautiful Life is forthcoming by Picador USA. She blogs at Her writing has appeared in publications including Real Simple, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Huffington Post, Redbook, Scary Mommy, and The South Florida Sun Sentinel. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband and daughter.


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