You Spoke, We Listened! New Submission Expirations

The team at Two Bright Lights has been working on making your experience on our platform even better! For the past few months, we’ve been working on a new notification system to help editors stay on top of their submissions, and we’ve been educating publishers on submission best practices at every opportunity. Now we are going to take our improvements one step further.

Submissions will now have expiration dates: 6 months for online submissions and 9 months for print submissions.

Questions or Concerns? We’ve Got You Covered!

Does this change how I submit my work?
No. As a submitter, the whole submission process will remain exactly the same.

When will this take effect?
At the end of June, all online submissions created prior to January 1, 2016 that have not been acted upon will be released back to the submitter. All print submissions created prior to January 1, 2016 that have not been acted upon will be released back to the submitter at the end of September. All submissions created on or after January 1, 2016 will be subject to the new submission expirations – 6 months for online and 9 months for print.

So how will this impact my submissions?
Upon expiration, any album that remains in the “submitted” or “under review” status will be automatically released back to the submitter. This means that when an online submission that has not been “accepted” or put “on hold” reaches its 6-month mark, it will be removed from the editor’s account and returned back to you for resubmission. For print submissions, the same behavior will occur at the submission’s 9-month mark.

How will this help lower editor response times?
We did extensive research, surveying and speaking with our editorial partners, and they told us that these expiration dates are more than enough time for them to make decisions on their submissions. That being said, we have and will continue to educate editors on the importance of responding to submissions in a timely fashion and keeping their publication profiles up to date. The auto-release feature will urge editors to make decisions more quickly so that they don’t risk losing submissions that they ultimately want to accept.

What about submissions that are placed “on hold”?
Any submission that has been placed on hold will automatically have 3 additional months added to its expiration. For example, if an online submission that was created on January 1, 2016 was then placed “on hold” prior to the 6-month expiration, the submission’s expiration would adjust to October 1, 2016.

Will the editors be notified when a submission is about the expire?
You bet! Currently, editors receive a weekly email containing a summary of new submissions and the statuses of any existing submissions. Now, this email will also include the number of submissions that will be released over the next week. Additionally, editors will be notified which submissions are about to expire with a timer icon that will appear on the submissions 1 week from when it will expire.

What do I have to do to make sure my submission gets released back to me?
Absolutely nothing. Our goal is to make this process as painless as possible for the submitter and the editor, so we’ve worked our technology magic, making the entire process automatic.

We hope that you love these improvements as much as we do! Share your feedback with us by emailing We can’t wait to hear from you!

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