There’s a new buzzword floating around the SPU campus: Submittable. You may have heard your creative writer roommate mention it as he uploaded his poem to the Lingua website. Or maybe your illustrator friend mumbled it under her breath while wondering how to send her recent masterpiece to the Spring Journal. And now you yourself, as you wander in the haze of undergraduate creativity, are forced to ask, “What is Submittable, and how do I use it?”
Forget the 21st Century. Lingua is already looking ahead to the 22nd, and to prepare for this radical future, we’re ready to try the impossible: to accept your art, writing, and music submissions for the Spring Journal using an online submission form. Submittable is a submission management software that most (actually, almost all) small, medium, and large arts and literary journals are using to streamline the process for both contributors (that’s you) and editors (that’s us). But don’t fret. It’s so easy to use, a llama could do it. Just follow these steps:
- Go to lingua.submittable.com or visit our website and click the “Submit” tab.
- Find the category to which your submission best identifies. For all you prose-poems or photographic-painting-sculptures out there, do some self-evaluating and figure out where you belong. There are some helpful submission guidelines that tell you what we’re looking for, and remember, we accept *almost* all forms of art, writing, and music for our Spring Journal. When you’re ready, click “Submit your work now.”
- Submittable will now ask you to create a free account. We promise we won’t stalk you. Creating an account gives us the most accurate information, and it allows you to log-in anytime to track the status of your submission. Oh, and remember how most journals use Submittable now-a-days? We hope this will encourage you to submit your work to the wide world. (P.S. If you already have a Submittable account, now would be a pretty darn good time to log-in.)
- All set-up? Good. Now you should see the submission form. Enter the title of your work. If titles are too mainstream for you, we have provided a few suggestions: Photograph #1, Untitled Poem #1, Untitled A, Artistic Smash, My Soul in Art.
- Write something in that Cover Letter section. Your name is a good start. Also say hi. You don’t need to say much more than that, but feel free to share your life story if you want.
- Artists, please tell us the medium of your work. Writers, take a three second chill break.
- Upload your file in one of the appropriate file formats listed on the page. If you are submitting more than one work, it’s helpful for us to have separate documents/ files for each, but we won’t hold it against you if you must put them together. Also, we do not have a limit on the number of pieces you may submit, but use your discretion. We’re students with limited time, just like you.
- Click the “Submit your work now” button. We’ll let you know via e-mail about the status of your submission, but you can track its progress by logging into your account at any time.
- While you’re waiting, head back over to thelinguajournal.tumblr.com and order your copy of the Spring Journal. Not only do you have the chance of seeing your work in print, but you’ll be supporting creativity on the SPU campus.
See? We told you it was so easy a llama could do it. But if you do happen to run into any questions or difficulties, please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing your work!
Adam Hutchinson, Lingua Business Manager