How can using Submittable increase the number of submissions our organization receives?

Organizations often find that both the number and quality of the submissions they receive will increase when they start using Submittable. This is for a number of reasons:

1. We make it easy for both the organization and the submitter

Nearly 1 million users have submitted their work through Submittable. Writers, filmmakers, artists, and applicants alike enjoy the ease and convenience of our system. They no longer have to use snail mail or send their submissions to email addresses that don’t acknowledge the receipt of their work. With Submittable, submitters can track their submission progress through a consistent set of statuses, from received to in-progress and beyond. If there’s a typo or mistake in their submission, they can even edit their submissions after they’ve submitted them. The convenience of our platform means that users are more likely to submit when an organization uses Submittable.

2. We promote your calls -- for free

We actively promote organizations’ calls for submissions on Twitter, our blog, and through our weekly Submishmash newsletter, so that submitters can stay up-to-date on the latest opportunities and submission deadlines. Submitters can also search and track your calls on Discover, our creative opportunities marketplace that connects submitters with organizations' calls. These promotions greatly increase the visibility of your organization, and we charge no fees for the promotion. In fact, we find them fun to do. Read more about how to request promotion in our help article.

3. Guidelines and optional submission fees help ensure quality submissions

Because Submittable allows organizations to set standard submission guidelines for submitters to follow, organizations typically find that the quality of submissions greatly increases when they use our platform. In addition, organizations can optionally choose to set a submission fee of their choice. This not only can help you monetize your calls for submission, but can also help ensure that only users who strongly feel their work is suitable for your organization will submit to you. It’s easy to accept payment with any submission, and no merchant account or PayPal is required.

4. Organizations can send batch emails to existing contributors

Have a new call for submissions coming up? Submittable’s batch emails functionality allows you to easily email your past and existing contributors, to notify them of any upcoming calls you think would be a good match for them. More email contacts means more submissions.

5. We’re a trustworthy and secure platform

Submittable is totally secure, PCI & FERPA compliant, and trusted by over 9000 organizations, from CBS, Simon & Schuster, and Random House, to tiny, two-person organizations that are just starting to gain a following. Not to toot our own horn, but the Submittable name is pretty special, and using Submittable can add legitimacy to your organization and thus increase the chances that a user wants to submit to you.

Questions? We'd love to hear from you. Email or call (855) 467-8264 ext. 2.


  1. Getting Started With Submittable Guide
  2. How do I create or edit a submission category?
  3. New status: Completed
  4. How do I set up a submission category to sell a subscription or single issue?
  5. How do I use the Form Designer when creating or editing a category?
  6. How do I create a hidden category?
  7. How do I set up a blind review process?
  8. How do I add auto-labels for our submissions?
  9. How do I turn submission categories on and off?
  10. How do I set acceptable file types for a category?
  11. How do I add conditional logic to my submission form?
  12. How do I accept multiple files with a submission?
  13. Can I request metadata from submitters when they upload a file?
  14. How do I manually enter submissions?
  15. Can emailed submissions be automatically added to my submissions manager?
  16. How does submission scoring work?
  17. How do I review, make a note on, and rate a submission?
  18. How do we display submissions online for a public audience?
  19. How do I create a review form?
  20. Can reviewers edit finalized review forms?
  21. How do I hold a multi-round review process?
  22. How do I add a table to my application form?
  23. What spreadsheet formulas can I use in Tables?
  24. How do I add a field for internal use to my application form?
  25. Can I send additional forms to submitters to request more information?
  26. Can I schedule reminders for reviewers to review submissions or for submitters to complete additional forms?
  27. How do I use keyboard shortcuts to navigate between submissions?
  28. How do I add a private note to a submission?
  29. How do I add a Terms and Conditions checkbox to my submission form?
  30. How do I request agreement to terms and conditions when I accept a submission?
  31. What are the character limits for the Category Guidelines and Organization Profile Guidelines fields?
  32. How do I add a publication date to a submission?
  33. How do I use or remove the Calendar feature?
  34. How do I filter and organize the submissions in my submissions list?
  35. How do I label submissions?
  36. How do I assign submissions to team members for review?
  37. How do I automatically assign team members to incoming submissions for a specific category?
  38. Can I randomly assign submissions to a set number of reviewers?
  39. How many submissions are assigned to each team member and how many have they not yet reviewed?
  40. How do I attach a file to a submission?
  41. How do I replace the file on a submission?
  42. How do I send submissions to my Kindle?
  43. How do I delete a submission?
  44. How do I archive or unarchive submissions?
  45. How do I export our submission data?
  46. How do I batch export custom review data?
  47. How do I send an email to a submitter?
  48. How do I ensure new submissions get an automated response?
  49. How do I add a team member?
  50. How do I edit a team member's account?
  51. What does each team member level see?
  52. How do I customize the look and feel of my submission form?
  53. How do I upgrade or downgrade my Submittable subscription?
  54. What is an inactive plan?
  55. How do I sync the Calendar with other calendars?
  56. How do I change the default view displayed in the Submission Details screen?
  57. How do I cancel my Submittable account?
  58. Can I batch archive or batch delete submissions?
  59. How do I add and delete a file for a submission?
  60. How do I change the category of a submission?
  61. Can I integrate my Submittable account with Google Analytics?
  62. Does Submittable have an API?
  63. How do I use Zapier to connect my Submittable app to 3rd Party apps?
  64. How do I use the Submittable plugin on my WordPress site?
  65. How do I allow a submitter to edit a submission?
  66. How do I turn on or off the ability for submitters to request an edit on a submission?
  67. How can my organization receive reference letters?
  68. How can using Submittable increase the number of submissions our organization receives?
  69. How do I view and print submission document files?
  70. Can I charge a fee on my form?
  71. How do I sell memberships, subscriptions, or merchandise in my submission form?
  72. Can I charge submission fees in a non-US currency?
  73. What happens to my organization's account if we exceed our submission limit?
  74. Why did I get an error message when paying my invoice by credit card?
  75. Video File Transcode Error
  76. How do I unassign submissions?
  77. How do I remove a team member?
  78. How do I use response templates to send automated email messages?
  79. I have a Yahoo! or AOL email address. Why do my organization's emails come from
  80. How do I duplicate a submission category or form?
  81. How do I archive a submission category?
  82. When I do a batch file export, can I copy all files attached to the exported submissions into a single destination directory in Windows?
  83. How do I promote my organization’s creative call?

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