Tuesday, September 2, 2008

upstreet 5 introduces
online submissions

Submission Manager, an automated system that enables writers to submit their work through the upstreet website, went online September 1, the first day of the upstreet number five reading period. Under the new system, we will no longer take submissions by e-mail (or surface mail), but only from authors who submit through the website. This system asks submitters to log in, fill out a form giving their contact information, add a comment if they wish, and then upload their submission files. The procedure is very simple, and many submitters have already used it with no problems. In the first 24 hours we received 69 submissions--25 fiction, 25 poetry, and 19 creative nonfiction.

The Submission Manager software was designed and developed by Devin Emke, webmaster for One Story magazine, and is available to other literary journals for a fee through the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). It is very flexible and can be customized to accommodate the ways in which individual journals deal with their submissions. It also keeps a database of all submissions received, which can be sorted and searched in various ways, and generates e-mail messages acknowledging receipt of submissions and notifying submitters whether their work has been accepted or declined.

upstreet is very pleased to be among the users of this time- and labor-saving system. To read our new guidelines, or to submit to upstreet number five, visit our Submission Manager here.

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