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Submittrs is a new submission tracking system for writers (for all genres). The software is in the development stage with a projected launch of 2015. The developers are looking for beta testers and supporters (at any level) through Indiegogo here. It doesn’t look like you would need to be based in any particular country to participate. Latest date to sign up as a beta tester is March 3, 2014 or whenever the slots are filled.

I signed on as a tester so that I can have input into what looks like a better tracking system than what is currently offered through Duotrope.com or the submittable.com dashboard.

There is a five-minute video tour of the program on the Indiegogo site. It looks user-friendly and well-organized. I have reached a frustration point with my spreadsheet tracking system. By the time I track dozens of poems and chapbook manuscripts and book-length manuscripts, all simultaneously submitted, I am juggling more than I can handle.

Here are a few tweets related to the system:

One of my favorite features is the ability to track how much money you have spent on submission fees, and how much you have received in compensation for your publications. You will also be able to see every journal to which you have submitted a poem, and whether that poem was accepted or declined. Submittrs keeps track of journals that have accepted your work, and journals that have invited you to submit again in the future (nice rejection notes!). Overall, this system looks like a great time-saver.

Submission Season

September 8, 2013 — 2 Comments

I have seen so many submission resources online in the last few weeks. August 1 and September 1 seem to be the start of the busiest time of year for book contests and open reading periods for journals. I want to connect all of the dots and list the resources in one place.

It all started with this tweet from Tom Holmes, editor of Redactions, and a poet with years of experience (author of six books, four Pushcart nominations, etc.).

Since I’m nowhere near 750 rejections, I’m wondering if I simply don’t submit enough. I’m not completely sold on the simultaneous submission process. It seems like the poems don’t get published any faster, but the rejections do come in droves.

I then found this resource on Diane Lockward’s blog about rules for submissions, particularly simultaneous submissions.

10 Rules for Submitting to Literary Magazines

Diane’s blog post on “10 Rules for Submitting to Literary Magazines” here explains that it is important to simultaneously submit to similar tiers of literary journals, or you run the risk of being accepted by a lower tier journal and then having to turn down a higher tier journal if the more competitive journal accepts your work a day later. The one item not mentioned in this article that I learned the hard way is to record the name of the editor of the journal or contest to which you are submitting. If you receive a positive, personalized rejection note, or if you are a finalist in a contest, you will want to know if that same editor is working on other projects that you can potentially submit to.

I also saw this article on What Editors Want; A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines. It’s lengthy, but it does detail the difference in thinking between editors and writers.

If you are interested in strategies for simultaneous submissions, you might want to follow the project on Lightning Droplets blog, where the writer chose to submit to 30 literary journals in 30 days: Racking Up More Than Just Rejections. It sounds like the project had unexpected benefits, such as the discovery of new literary journals, and increasing the author’s desire to write even more.

So far my post has been about submitting individual poems. If you are looking for chapbook or manuscript submissions, this tweet from Kelly Davio may interest you.

Kelly’s blog post is titled On Survivorship Bias in the Writing World or: What Kind of Advice Have I Been Taking?

Kelly discusses how published writers giving advice tend to think that their path to success will be the path to success for others as well.

A few miscellaneous things:

An article on chapbooks from Susan Rich’s Blog The Beauty of the Chapbook: Alluring and Real

A list of chapbook publishers here and here from an earlier blog post of mine.

Tom Holmes created a list of places to submit manuscripts here.

Happy submitting!