Submittable raises $10M to help publishers and other organizations manage their submissions
Submittable is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding.
When I first wrote about the company in 2012, it was focused on helping literary magazines manage their submissions — useful, but maybe not the kind of thing that venture capitalists write big checks for.
Since then, Submittable raised a $5 million Series A and expanded by helping companies in a number of industries manage their submissions and applications. Co-founder and CEO Michael FitzGerald said the company has built products for four main verticals (corporate, academic, philanthropy and publishing) and has signed up big customers like AT&T, HBO, Conde Nast, Harvard and MIT.
And while publishing may no longer be the main focus, FitzGerald — a published novelist himself — noted that “in the publishing world, we’re pretty much the way you do it.” I’ve certainly been seeing more Submittable submissions pages, (although FitzGerald acknowledged that the service hasn’t quite taken hold among science fiction magazines).
He also said the product has been getting increasingly sophisticated, for example allowing a publisher to review and rank submissions based on very specific qualities like sentence structure and voice.
Besides expanding into additional verticals and launching on mobile, one of FitzGerald’s
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