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Content Management
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Document Review
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Electronic Submission
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Entry Management
Event Management
Event Ticketing
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Submittable Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Submittable's features:

Ellen U.

Time Saver

2021-03-17

No problem to report. Time saver.

Pros

Submittal documents everything like a draft.

Cons

I wish I was told about suitable sooner.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Charan W.

Submittable Best Option of Several Grant Management Softwares Reviewed

2018-08-07

As a small foundation we were looking for an affordable yet robust grant management software solution that would help us to automate our grant management processes, workflows, etc.

Pros

Relative to other grant management software solutions we looked at Submittable was the most modern and professional in terms of look/feel and the easiest to use both from an administrator perspective and grantee perspective.

Cons

The only real downside was in terms of features/functionality; Submittable does not offer automated initial screening of applications.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Amy S.

Submittable has been a lifesaver for our photo competition!

2018-04-19

Enabled me to administer an international photo competition virtually on my own.

Pros

Not only can I easily sort entries and entrants, I can download all their data for reporting and further contact.

Cons

I used the Gallery View feature for the first time last year and would like to see continued improvement in its user interface. Opening a new account is a barrier to lots of users, and I'd like to see it simplified so more people will participate in voting.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Writing and Editing company, 11-50 employees)

Submittable

2019-12-27

I've used Submittable as a business owner, a submitter, and as someone with access to read submissions.

Pros

I'm pretty sure Submittable is the only well-known service of its type, at least at the moment, but with that said, it is easy to keep track of submissions and their status as they come in, they notify you, and you can have an account with multiple people to split up tasks.

Cons

There are some things that could be a bit more intuitive, like tagging people and seeing what others have been assigned. It could be nice to have a reminder for older submissions that haven't been voted on or received a response yet, as well.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Tanzi K.

Great flexibility for building a workflow for grant management

2021-03-17

Pros

I like the transparency and the ease with which we were able to implement the software into our grant management procedure.

Cons

But with the limited number of seats, we had to narrow down the pool to the bare minimum and restructure the whole review process in order to fit in our tight budgets. 2) There isn't an open API available for us to integrate into our mobile app.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Donna T.

Submittable makes life easier. As an independent literary organization, we find value in this tool.

2017-12-06

We save time.

Pros

The built-in tools, such as sorting, labels, varying permission levels, templates, etc. allow us to customize it for our needs.

Cons

I'd love some more robust reporting and sorting features and maybe custom permission levels, as there are a few things I'd like to do, but cannot.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Kathleen R.

Excellent customer service and support! Very responsive to all my questions and those of applicants.

2017-10-06

Pros

All our evaluators can see all the applicants' materials at the same time and the evaluators can all see each others' questions in real time. It enables our meetings to be more focused to have this central platform.

Cons

There are limitations about how to set up the application and reporting. Also I'd love to add an Exel template but that is an additional fee monthly which is too pricey for my organization (and seems rather pricey in general).

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Source: Capterra
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Ruben C.

Great Decision!

2021-03-22

Pros

Support with them was a nightmare and just trying to migrate our historical data was impossible.

Cons

If we had to say one thing it would be the fact that we cannot get a report that easily shows us those applications that have been started and not completed.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Taylor H.

Submittable is very user friendly!

2019-10-02

Overall the experience has been great from the customer service to application management.

Pros

I like how user-friendly this software is - the customization of applications is great with the build your own features.

Cons

I do not use the judging component of the software, only the application management so that would default as the thing I like "least" about the software but it is personal preference due to the use.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Elisa A.

Thank you, Submittable.

2019-02-12

Pros

It's easy to track submissions (and track exactly how much you're spending on submission fees.)

Cons

It would also be great if you could add a permanent​ bio to your account for prospective publishers -- they generally ask for this in the cover letter so it would save time.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Ma Czarina G.

A great tool for film program and media asset management

2019-09-14

Since starting Submittable earlier this year, the software has helped streamline our organization's film fund application process with its many tools and features. While there is still room for improvement in certain areas (i.e. application form creation), as an account administrator, I am satisfied with the service that the platform provides and I am looking forward to all of the future announcements and updates that Submittable has in store for its clients/users.

Pros

I like how the system organizes submissions and its respective media attachments in a manner that is easy to view, access and compile for future organizational reports.

Cons

I wish that the platform was slightly more intuitive for first-time account administrators such as myself (especially with the many tools and features that come with the system), however, the Submittable FAQ page and great service provided by the Submittable Support Team addresses and makes up for this.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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brian p.

Reliable and Effecient

2019-09-20

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

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.)

Cons

Not sure what the solution is, however, and really does not present any real trouble for me.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jim H.

This has been incredibly easy to use and has saved me an enormous amount of time with our submission

2017-07-31

Enormous time savings and easy ability to share with team members at a variety of levels.

Pros

These allow us to track and filter our submissions without sharing that with our team of readers.

Cons

There are a couple of features that make our customized cover page a little clumsy. Particularly the Radio list will show True or False instead of Yes or No when I use it. I have discussed this with your support staff and they are aware of it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Micah B.

Thank you Submittable

2017-04-17

I seriously don't know how we functioned before having Submittable. We host festivals throughout the country bringing together art, music and wellness. This requires having submission forms for all 3, plus a number of others, including an Art Auction. Submittable became the solution that we didn't even know we needed. The Art Auction is just the latest example of something that we have done in the past but finally realized Submittable was the best method. But it was their customer support that was the key. It was through discussing our needs with them that we were able to go forward. As we began using the system, they were always there to answer questions, provide an answer and take our feedback, which then resulted in changes that made for a better experience. I find that they are still just an email away. This is rare, but is why I am here writing this now. As the Technical Director for O+, I am always looking for that technological answer, but I am also always weary as often new tech can go unused, can be un-user-friendly, can be daunting to learn, etc. which then makes it actually the wrong answer. Submittable is maybe the best example I can give to how tech can really be just the right thing. Thank you.

Pros

Great customer service. Great design. Feature rich.

Cons

Managing other users and exporting info can be better.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Submittable

If you need a submission form - get it.

Source: Capterra
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Beth B.

Great solution and a great price

2018-08-15

Overall, we saved so much time by using this online platform and our applicants appreciated it as well.

Pros

This was our first effort at an online application and it went off without a hitch. It is intuitive to both readers/reviewers and applicants. We were able to learn how to manage the application and review process in a few calls to the fabulous Gold Level Support folks. After using paper applications, it was amazing to have all of the information ready to go to readers by the next day. It is also very reasonably priced compared to other solutions so it fit our budget.

Cons

We had to do some tweaking to be able to close the application at 5:00pm instead of midnight but Submittable has since added this feature. It takes a few steps to generate reports but it is manageable.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jeff S.

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

2017-10-06

Pros

As a submitter, it provides efficient mechanisms for making submissions and efficient tracking of those submissions.

Cons

Our current package allows only 5 of our team members to have access to submissions.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Lana F.

Submittable Review

2020-08-04

I've been submitting manuscripts to publishing houses and literary journals through submittable for several years

Pros

I like that I can view all my submissions together at any time to see if the status of any of them (accepted, rejected, etc) has changed so I don't have to keep track of that myself

Cons

Some publishers require me to pay a fee to submit work to them, however I know this isn't really an issue with Submittable as the fee comes from the publisher and not Submittable itself (which for many places I've submitted has been free)

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Writing and Editing company, myself only employees)

Submittable is a very convenient tool for Submitters

2018-08-17

Pros

I can see the status of my submission.

Cons

So far I am very happy with the software and have no cons. I have not used the app yet, but I will try it out soon.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Linda S.

The people who work at Submittable are knowledgeable, good-natured, and GENUINELY helpful.

2017-10-05

Submittable WORKS, and their customer support is unbeatable!

Pros

Submittable can handle so many different document types that we never could ourselves.

Cons

Searches (especially across a lot of categories) sometimes are a bit slow, but we do have a LOT of categories and a LOT of submissions for the software to sort through.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rick T.

Overall I like the program and it's responsive and easy to use.

2017-12-08

Invaluable in receiving submissions for my magazine. Authors seems to love it as well.

Pros

It makes it easy to deal with and keep track of submissions and easy to respond to them and deal with authors.

Cons

It is extremely time consuming and tedious to delete old submissions, and I imagine how hard it is for those who receive many more submissions if they even want to delete them. Searches that used to be easy and logical are now awkward to do.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

I love the Submittable app because you can keep tabs on all your subs at once.

2017-12-06

Pros

I like the notifications when decisions by editors have made... especially when it's good news!

Cons

It is NOT easy to filter accepted/declined/in progress information in the app, like it is on the desktop version.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Mary Jane E.

Submittable...How do I love you? Let me count the ways!

2018-04-20

Try me another day...I am out the door to a meeting.

Pros

Ease in accessing and reviewing all areas of our applications, accessing correspondence with applicants and reviewers, sending out requests for character statements automatically, controlling access to all areas of the application and processes as needed have streamlined the time and task of handling actual materials.

Cons

Do I miss the file prep for each application as materials dribbled in little by little and were sometimes incomplete even after the deadline due to weather etc. when that is all tracked by the software?

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jim M.

The perfect online contest platform for One Montana's statewide business pitch contest for students

2017-05-15

Pros

As soon as the good folks at Submittable were alerted to the problem, they worked quickly (during the peak Christmas holiday season) to create a validation protocol that got voting for our Peoples' Choice Award back on track.

Cons

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Source: Capterra
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Response from Submittable


Thanks, Jim. We love hearing the word 'perfect' from our partners!

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Anonymous
(Nonprofit Organization Management company, 1-10 employees)

Great platform but could work better

2018-08-14

In my opinion, user experience and interface matter.

Pros

One quick label and you can filter it out during the full review process.

Cons

It would be good to see some of the data that the applicants have completed so far.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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TJ T.

Easy submissions

2019-07-25

Being to able to track the progress of multiple submissions is worth the cost.

Pros

Everything is there and I don't have to chart it on a separate document.

Cons

The existential angst of a submission "in progress."

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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