In July of 2016, we (belatedly) began maintaining this log of notable changes. We will report improvements, bug fixes, and other changes here at least once a month.
August and September 2017
Behind the Scenes Improvements
We have been updating, optimizing, and improving many of the things that keep Duotrope running behind the scenes. You should notice general speed improvements across the site.
Fixed a bug that was preventing the Shortlisted and/or Rewrite Requested status from being unchecked when updating a Submission Report. 12 September 2017
Instead of only mentioning the markets that were recently declared "believed defunct," our Market News page and newsletter now include markets that recent permanently closed or went on indefinite hiatus. July 27 2017
Based on feedback from our users, we have further simplified the Submission Status options. Instead of Personal Rejection and Form Rejection being completely separate statuses, now there's just one status for Rejection, which can be modified by selecting option boxes. The Submissions Tracker and Recent Responses pages will still indicate whether it was a personal or form response, as well as other details. As part of this change, the icon displayed for Status has one letter instead of two, which makes the table easier to read. 20 July 2017
The Calendar can now be filtered to show: Contests Only, Anthologies Only, Journals Only, or all types of projects. 20 July 2017
By popular demand, the Submission Tracker is no longer limited to 100 rows per page. Now you can choose how many results to show at a time, including the option to show all at once. (You asked, and we delivered!) 11 July 2017
We have rebuilt our system for reporting and tracking submissions from the ground up. This will result in those pages being faster and easier to use. All the submissions data is still intact, with a few minor changes. "Rewrite requested" and "Shortlisted" are now checkboxes instead of separate submission statuses. Also, there's a new Date Queried field. We highly recommend that you read our updated Guide to Reporting and Tracking Submissions for more information. 6 July 2017
When exporting the Submissions to Excel format for backup purposes, the Status now properly displays the basic status and any other details (personal, form, shortlisted, etc.) 20 July 2017
The list of "Your Submissions" on the market listings now sort properly, newest to oldest. 11 July 2017
There was a bug on the Submissions Tracker that, in certain circumstances, indicated that it was time to query when it wasn't. That bug has been fixed. 6 July 2017
We have restructured our listings! In the past, Styles, Topics, and Subtopics applied the whole listing. Under our improved system, Styles, Topics, and Subtopics have been separated by category (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Visual Art). This results in more clarity on our market listings and more accuracy in Search results. (This project took a few months in development and data entry, and we affectionately called it "The Banana Split Project" during that process. Yes, we have a collective sweet tooth.) 15 June 2017
Since the Banana Split project was a large and long undertaking, we also slipped in dozens of bug fixes, speed improvements, and design changes. These are too numerous to mention individually, so we'll just mention a few:
- Visual Art listings are now searchable by Topic and Subtopic. 15 June 2017
- Minor tweaks to the design of the site. 15 June 2017
- The Submission Statistics now provide percentage of submitters accepted, in addition to number of pieces accepted. (Note: It will take 24 hours for this data to be compiled for all active listings.) 15 June 2017
- Easier to read formatting for tracking Themes & Deadlines. Also, the Calendar now sorts properly. 15 June 2017
- Speed improvements, especially to the Favorites and Ignore List pages. 15 June 2017
Fixed a bug that excluded many of the entries on the Calendar page when "Include unthemed deadlines" was selected. 18 April 2017
We have added specific Payscale categories to Visual Art (which is still in BETA). For details, please see our Glossary. These new Payscale categories are now searchable. (28 March 2017)
We have added a Type/Length criterion to Visual Art Searches (which is still in BETA). Currently, the Type/Length options for Visual Art are: Artwork, Graphic Narrative (number of pages), and Photos Essay (number of images). This may be expanded in the future, as needed. Also, the data for these new categories may be incomplete to start, but we welcome you to contact us with any changes. (1 March 2017)
We have added a new Submission Media/Format feature. This allows us to list projects that accept audio, image, or video submissions for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. This feature is currently in BETA testing phase. The data may be incomplete, but we welcome you to contact us with any changes. (23 Feb 2017)
In addition to the Print, Electronic, and Audio publication media we have had for years, we have also added Video. Since this is a new introduction, the data may be incomplete, but we welcome you to contact us with any changes. (23 Feb 2017)
Major Announcement! (1 Jan 2017)
We have entered entirely new territory: Visual Art. Read the full announcement.
The Response Statistics on listings will now include data on the number of unique members who have submitted in the past 12 months. Note: It will take 24 hours for this data to be compiled for all listings. (31 Jan 2017)
We made some accessibility improvements using the ARIA standard. Look for more of these in the future. (31 Jan 2017)
There was an error when updating Saved Search criteria. This has been fixed. (2 Jan 2017)
There was an error when applying a Promo Code to a new subscription, which has been fixed. If you subscribed on January 1 or in the early morning of the 2nd and included a Promo Code, please contact Customer Service by the end of the week and be sure to include the Promo Code you used. (2 Jan 2017)
Fixed a bug that resulted in an error page when trying to view the submission history of piece that had no associated submission records. (21 Nov 2016)
Fixed a bug that resulted in incorrect submissions data for a piece after deleting associated submission records. (21 Nov 2016)
We are in the process of working on "Something Big" that will be unveiled in the coming months. It's likely you won't see much in the Changelog until that's ready, except for bug fixes.
We have reduced the amount of time that you must wait before setting the status of a submission to "Never Responded" in certain circumstances (such as when the publication has a stated policy of not replying to all submissions). (30 Sept 2016).
Improved the average load time of the List of Pieces page. (Note: It will take 24 hours for this to propagate to all accounts.) (17 Aug 2016)
Fixed a bug that prevented eligible pieces from appearing in the results when selecting "not currently submitted" filter on the List of Pieces. (31 Aug 2016)
There was a bug that prevented users from hiding fee-based markets on the Calendar in certain situations. This has been fixed. (3 Aug 2016)
Improvements to Favorites and Ignore List (27 July 2016)
Your Favorites and Ignore List pages now:
- display the full text of your comments (if any),
- hide inactive listings by default (with the option to show them if you choose),
- allow you to hide TempClosed listings, and
- can be filtered by Category.
There are also new ways to interact with your Favorites and Ignore List:
You can filter the Interviews List and Theme & Deadline Calendar to display only your Favorites. Also, those lists hide your Ignored listings by default (with the option to include them if that's your preference).
There was a bug that prevented users from updating the genre of a piece in the Pieces List. This has been fixed. (27 July 2016)