How do I use the Form Designer when creating or editing a category?

You have many options when creating and editing the submissions form that submitters use to submit to your category. Begin by creating or editing a submission category, then click on the FORM DESIGNER tab of the 'Edit Category' form.


Your submissions form is fully customizable using the Toolbox on the right-hand side of the screen. Drag and drop fields from the Toolbox onto your form according to your preferences. By default, your submissions form is pre-populated with sample fields for you to customize. You can edit or delete these fields.

  • To edit a field, hover your mouse over the field and click on it or click 'Edit' in the field's upper right-hand corner
  • To delete a field, hover your mouse over the field and click the trash icon in the upper right-hand corner
  • To reorder fields, click and drag a field to a new location
  • To require that submitters answer a particular field, check the Required checkbox  when editing that field. Fields that are starred are required. (Note: The Title, Cover Letter, File Upload, and Reference Letter fields are automatically marked as required, though you can uncheck the 'Required' checkbox to make them not required)
  • To make a field blind for team members at or below your preferred permission level, check the 'Blind' checkbox  when editing that field. See our blind categories article for more info.


Each new field on your form has a label for you to customize (typically, you'll change the label to a question or statement for the submitter). You can also enter an optional description for each field (instructions telling the submitter what you want him/her to enter into the field). Here is an overview of the available fields:

  • Title: For the title of the submission. (Note: If you remove this field, submissions will be assigned an auto-incremented number as they are received and the number will display on your submissions list.)
  • Cover Letter: For the submitter to type in his/her cover letter
  • Text Box: For short, one-line text responses
  • Text Area: For long, multi-line text responses
  • Dropdown: For responses in a dropdown menu format from which submitters can choose one response
  • Checkbox: For a single-option checkbox response
  • Checkbox List: For a list of options from which the reviewer can choose one or more responses
  • Radio List: For a list of options from which the reviewer can only choose one response
  • Text Block: This block is read-only, editable by administrators. Use this to give instructions or other informational text to submitters.
  • File Upload: For submitters to upload files with their submission. Choose from 43 acceptable file types, including text, image, audio, and video file types. Optionally choose how many files the submitter can upload with their submission (up to 75 files at once).
  • URL: For the submitter to enter a website URL, such as his/her personal website or blog
  • Horizontal Line: Use a horizontal line break to help organize sections of your submissions form.
  • Reference Letter: For the submitter to enter the email addresses of his/her reference letter writers. See our reference letter article for more info.
  • Table: A fillable table for applicants to enter data, with optional formulas. See our tables article.
When you're finished customizing your submissions form, click Save Category and return to your Categories page or continue editing your category.


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  10. How do I set acceptable file types for a category?
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  23. What spreadsheet formulas can I use in Tables?
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  28. How do I add a private note to a submission?
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  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?
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  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?
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  52. How do I customize the look and feel of my submission form?
  53. How do I upgrade or downgrade my Submittable subscription?
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  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?
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