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Submittable

Online submissions management software for digital content

4.83/5 (88 reviews)

Submittable overview

What is Submittable?

Submittable is an online submissions manager with which companies & institutions can accept, review, and make decisions on applicants from one central location. By providing the tools to aid form building, workflow management, reviewing, communication and customization, Submittable aims to assist businesses with organizing and reviewing submissions of digital content.

Most commonly used by publishing firms and grant organizations, Submittable allows users to accept and curate content submissions for approval or rejection. The form builder provides a drag and drop interface to assist users in creating custom forms with personalized text fields, dropdowns, checkbox lists, logos, color schemes and more. In order to provide additional personalization, Submittable provides a form logic tool which allows for a more nuanced submission form by automatically linking to specific questions based on previous answers. Once created, organizations can share forms on social media.

In order to organize submissions, Submittable provides a workflow dashboard with all submissions showing in a color-coded and tagged list to identify pending, new and in progress submissions. Team collaboration tools allow team members to make decisions about submissions by rating them using thumbs up and thumbs down buttons, adding notes or scoring using a numerical calculation. Submissions can be responded to with individual notes, batch emails, auto-responses, email templates or requests for follow up forms or updates.

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Markets

United States, Canada

Supported languages

English
Submittable screenshot: Manage workflows with all submissions in one easy to manage listGeneral DEMOSubmittable screenshot: Send automated submission responses using templatesSubmittable screenshot: Create forms with branching and form logicSubmittable screenshot: Display galleries and host voting with content submission galleriesSubmittable screenshot: Review submissions by adding notes and ratingSubmittable screenshot: Forms are fully customizable within the form builderSubmittable screenshot: Allow file submission in various file formatsSubmittable: Submissions made simple

Submittable reviews

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Jeff Streeby

It provides me with all necessary services as a submitter. It provides all I require as an editor.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-06
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Submittable is convenient. As a submitter, it provides efficient mechanisms for making submissions and efficient tracking of those submissions. As an editor, it provides me with notices and updates to allow me to process submissions quickly and efficiently. Submittable is practical. As a submitter, a single page allows me to keep track of active submissions to several publications. As an editor, the features for reaction and response to submitters makes my job much easier. Submittable is uncomplicated, easily used, and easy to understand. As a submitter, these qualities make submissions tracking manageable. Submittable is used widely enough to be familiar to virtually all writers and artists who submit work for publication.

Cons
Our current package allows only 5 of our team members to have access to submissions. I could wish for more relaxed limits in that regard.

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brian palmer

Reliable and Effecient

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-09-20
Review Source: Capterra

I enjoy my work, and Submittable gives me confidence to stay organized and productive. I will learn to do more with it as I proceed and learn how to utilize what's available that I haven't tried yet (e.g. blind readings, running contests, etc.) The experience has been a very good, and as we grow our journal's submission rate which correlates to our growing readership, Submittable, I believe, will be an excellent tool for me as managing editor and the people who assist me.

Pros
I am able to manage my submissions quite easily with Submittable. It has many sorting options, and several tools to make reading a large amount of work manageable. Working collaboratively with other editors is possible and efficient because of the filtering functions (such as the use of labels, storing submissions, ordering them by date, alphabetically, etc.) and team management tools (such as the assigning of certain tasks to certain individuals, easy messaging, dissemination of work, etc.) I like the basic look/visuals of Submittable, as it is relatively intuitive to use. Furthermore, when I encountered troubles or had questions, I was given friendly and quick help over the telephone, as well as through their chatlines. Editing our site is also very easy.

Cons
I don't like that some services are offered to certain levels of subscriptions and not to others. I'd rather have a good, fair price for the use of Submittable's full functions. It's not always clear to me what I have in my subscription, even though not too hard to check, I suppose. Also, to "test" how forms will look to submitters seems a little complicated, but not too bad once going through it. I feel a little "blind" when sending out ACCEPT/DECLINE. Not sure what the solution is, however, and really does not present any real trouble for me.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Sarah Lomas

The easy way to submit documents

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-06-17
Review Source: Capterra

I've used Submittable to submit manuscripts to literary agents and editors and it's been a very easy and effective process. It's a nice one-stop-shop for my submission materials and nice to be able to check the status of various submissions in the same place. From the first time I used it to the last, it's been a straightforward, easy, experience.

Pros
It's impossible to format submissions incorrectly because Submittable only accepts the types of docs your recipient wants. It's an easy to use template to uplad the appropriate content and then manage your submission.

Cons
The only thing that's slightly a downside is that you have to be in Submittable to get all the information about your submission, but that's not really a problem.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Bernice Mosala

Good for external reviews.

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-12-27
Review Source: Capterra

I use this whenever I submit poems or manuscripts to publishers. It's really easy to use and it stores your old content which means that you never lose anything. I only use it when I have to. I've never used it for my own reasons. It's always when the publisher/competition requests its use. I have no reason to use it beyond that.

Pros
You never lose anything because it saves it for you as a PDF. A full history of everything you have submitted and whether it is processing or whether its been accepted or declined.

Cons
Limited functionality. I can't really use it for anything personal. Only when I'm submitting work and the publisher/competition prefers this method. It would be cool if I could save workable, InDesign or Word copies for my own use. If I have to download a PDF then I have to use another software to make the text editable which is always a hassle.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Anonymous

Every publication should use this software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-05-05
Review Source: Capterra

Submittable made life so much easier. We drastically improved collaboration and communication. We were able to cut down our response times to submitters. We also received more submissions.

Pros
Pretty much every feature is a lifesaver. The workflows, templates, ratings, comments, etc. It's all very well thought out and makes collection and responding to submissions of any kind super easy. The ability to collect payment for contests or other submissions is also invaluable.

Cons
Honestly, there's nothing I dislike about this software other than maybe the cost. It's one of the few tools that I think is pretty much perfect as it is.

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Submittable pricing

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Submittable features

API
Activity Tracking
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Third Party Integration

Activity Dashboard (549 other apps)
Audit Trail (306 other apps)
Auditing (353 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (508 other apps)
Billing & Invoicing (291 other apps)
Compliance Management (370 other apps)
Document Management (302 other apps)
Document Storage (305 other apps)
Inventory Management (408 other apps)
Inventory Tracking (322 other apps)
Monitoring (293 other apps)
Real Time Data (332 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (284 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (498 other apps)
Workflow Management (409 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for Submittable

Key features of Submittable

  • API
  • API availability
  • Activity logging
  • Applicant management
  • Applicant portal
  • Applicant tracking
  • Applications management
  • Approval process control
  • Auto-responders
  • Branching
  • Categorizing
  • Category customization
  • Collaboration tools
  • Commenting / notes
  • Contact management
  • Contest management
  • Custom branding
  • Custom fields
  • Custom forms
  • Customizable approvals
  • Customizable fields
  • Customizable questions
  • Data import/export
  • Document approval
  • Document review
  • Document tagging
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Electronic payments
  • Electronic workflow
  • Email templates
  • File transfer
  • Filtered views
  • Forms management
  • Grant award tracking
  • Grant opportunity search
  • Import / export data
  • Multiple document formats
  • Online applications
  • Permission management
  • Privacy options
  • Process management
  • Reviewer management
  • Scoring
  • Tags & keywords
  • Voting and Galleries
  • Web forms
  • White label
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Benefits

Integrate with third-party platforms such as WordPress, SalesForce and Zapier thanks to Submittable’s API integration. Data can be transferred across applications with just the click of a button.

Create custom workflows, white-labelled forms, data analytics, personalized dashboards and more with Submittable’s advanced customization tools.

Send individual submission responses or batch emails using Submittable’s built-in email templates which can be personalized and saved. Keep in touch with submitters throughout the review process by sending notes, auto-responses, contracts or requesting more content.

Benefit from Submittable’s promotional tools, including social media marketing and newsletters, to increase traffic and encourage more submissions. Basic marketing is included in Submittable subscriptions.

Teams can vote on submissions to calculate the most successful candidate with upvoting or ratings, or businesses can set up Public Voting contests with Submittable to allow customers to decide.