There are a few different statuses offered by Submittable to the reader as they go through the review process.
The mostly obvious ones are “withdrawn”, “accepted” and “declined”. These three are pretty clear. “Accepted” appears in green, and “declined” in red to further the point, but with each the word is sufficient.
The trouble comes with the first ones you see: “received” and “in progress”. Specifically that “in progress” one causes much confusion.
“Received” for the most part is self explanatory. The confusion comes with the how, when and why it changes to “in progress”. For the most part, this change in the status offers little to no real information to the writer, and I would prefer it to be removed all together.
Here are the things that cause that change:
- Voting on the submission
- Leaving a note
- Changing the editor assignment (does not require opening the submission)
- Opening for editing (does not require opening the submission)
- Adding a tag (does not require opening the submission)
Things that do NOT change the status change:
- Opening the submission
- Reading the story
- Forming an opinion on the story
In other words, the editors and readers can interact with your submission and the status won’t change at all. Or, in the case of changing editorial assignments, cause it to change to “in progress” without even opening it.
That means your status can go from “received” to “accepted” without ever seeing “in progress”. It also means it can go to “in progress” without anyone ever looking at it. Either way, the status is offering not much to the writer other than confusion.
The more you know…. star swoosh