How Submittable Works
March 6, 2015 § 11 Comments
So much better than stealing photocopies at our temp jobs or wondering if no response means “lost in the mail.”
If you’re not already using Submittable, the site is a service for authors to submit work to literary magazines, and for magazines a way to control and organize the tsunami of submissions without letting anyone slip through the cracks. In terms of paper saved, Submittable is probably responsible for half a rain forest, or at least the contents of several hefty recycling dumpsters.
Editor Kelly Davio has helpfully broken down how Submittable works, in a post worth checking out if you are new to using the service, or have been using it without really knowing what all those status changes mean. Submittable’s blessing and curse is:
greater involvement in the submission process. Using Submittable’s features, you can see the progress of your submission and even manage withdrawals and edits.
Not that we’re checking it every day or anything…
Davio also discusses that if an author sees a status go from “received” to “declined,” it may mean that the status changed quickly (the piece was read and a decision made immediately) or that one’s work has been rejected without a reading. This would, at the very least, be unethical; seriously so for any magazine that charges a fee to submit.
Here at Brevity, we’d like to confirm: We read every submission.
We read. Every. Submission.
Your work may be perfect for us, terrific but like something we already plan to publish, terrific but not for us, in need of some polishing, or a great try and part of your growth as a writer. But no matter where it falls on the spectrum, we will never–never–reject your work unread.
Allison K Williams is Brevity’s Social Media Editor and the author of Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book. Want writing news, events, and upcoming webinars? Join the A-List!