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Welcome to Spillwords.com. We are committed to providing you with words, spilled or inspired, through literature of every genre, and, with an exceptional experience while viewing them through our site. If you have a question regarding our site, below are answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you still need help, please contact us at admin@spillwords.com

 

Membership

Why  should I register?
The membership to Spillwords Press is free and very simple to obtain. Once registered you’ll be able to:

submit your literary work to be featured on our website and promoted on social media
vote for Author/Publication of the Month

vote for annual Spillwords Press Awards
comment on posts
create your own customized list of favorites
receive our newsletter
download content exclusive only to registered members

How do I register?
Joining Spillwords.com is easy. Simply go to Register Page and complete the registration form or login with your social media account to activate your membership. It’s free – no credit card needed, just your username and email address.
Lost password?
If you forgot your password please visit the link below. You’ll be prompted to enter your username or e-mail address in order to reset your password.

http://spillwords.com/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword

You can also find this link under “Login” and “Register” tab on the navigation menu, and below the login and registration form.

How do I change or reset my password?
From within the member’s area, on “My Profile” page look on your right hand side. You can reset your password there.
How do I change my username?
Once your registration is processed, our system does not allow usernames to be changed. If you want to retain a specific username, please contact us for guidance
How do I log out?
To log out of our site, from within the member’s area, look in the upper right hand corner. Move your mouse over your username or your avatar icon. A drop-down menu will appear. Click “Log Out”
My login credentials aren't working?
If you can’t login, please make sure you are using the correct username and password. Be aware that our usernames are case sensitive. If you are copying and pasting the information, please make sure that you are not picking up any empty spaces before or after the logins.

 

Site Features

Search
The “Search” field is located on the top right hand side of our top (black) navigational menu. Simply click on the “Search” label or icon, and a pop-up window will appear where you can write the keyword that you’re looking for in the field provided. To aid your search a dropdown of possible outcomes will be featured below the search field.
Advanced Search
To use Advanced Search options, locate “Search by Category” or “Search by Tag” widgets in our sidebar, on the right hand side of each page (except for homepage) on our website. To search by category simply click on the “All Categories” button and a list of categories will be displayed. Click on the desired category and press “Filter” button below. To search by tag simply click on the desired tag from the featured list of mostly used tags to filter the results.
Popular Posts/Latest Posts
You can view “Most Popular” posts in the last 7 days and “Most Recent” posts in our sidebar located on the right hand side of each page (except for homepage) on our website. You can click on each of them to lead you to the chosen post.
Upcoming Posts
You can find a list of next upcoming posts that will be published on our website. The list is located on the bottom of our sidebar located on the right hand side of each page (except for homepage) on our website.
Readers Favorites
You can view a top 5 list of posts that were most Favorited by Spillwords members. The posts are located on your right hand side of “My Profile” page and only accessible to logged in members.
How do I rate?
If you’d like to leave a rating for a particular post, in the post page look below the featured image. You will see a row of stars. Hover over the star that represents the rating that you want to give and click on it. You can rate on the scale of 1-5 and on as many posts as you like (only once per post) and you don’t have to be logged in to do so.
How do I comment?
In order to comment on any posts you have to be logged in to our websie. You can log in using the “Login” page, which you can access from our navigational menu or by clicking on “logged in” phrase underneath “LEAVE A REPLY” in the comment section at the bottom of a desired post. Please refrain from using offensive, rude, demeaning or unintelligible language in your comments.
How do I create a Favorites List?
This feature is only available to logged in members. On each post, just below the featured image and star rating and above the title, you will find “Add to favorites” link. Click on it to add a desired post to your favorites list. The added posts will be featured at the bottom of “My Profile” page in the “Favorite Posts” section. You can favorite a total of 12 posts. Each favorite post has a “remove” link at the right bottom corner if you want to delete it. Also at the top of your favorites list you will find “Clear favorites” link that will clear you list so you can start fresh again. 
What is RSS?
The “RSS” stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, however it is often referred to as the feed or news feed. RSS will allow you to keep track of our website and our updates without having to manually visit each time, so that you can read our content in your mailbox, feed reader and/or other devices.
How do I use RSS feed?
You can subscribe to our RSS feed using a feed reader. We recommend using Feedly, as it is available as a browser add-on as well as mobile app for iOS, Android, and Kindle devices. Adding our website to Feedly is really simple, just enter http://spillwords.com/ and click the add button to subscribe.
Author of the Month
Every month, the Members (Authors & Readers) of Spillwords Press choose the Author of the Month. Authors are nominated based on below Weighted Guideline:
55% Website Readership Popularity
20% Monthly Publications
15% Social Media Impressions
10% Overall User Activity (Website and Social Media Engagement)

The voting begins on the 23rd of each month at 12:00am Pacific Time and lasts 4 days. You can cast One VOTE, per registered user HERE. You have to be logged in to be able to vote. The voting is communicated via email and reminded via social media. The winner is announced within the first days of each month and featured on Spillwords.com sidebar during the entire month.

Post of the Month
Every month, the Members (Authors & Readers) of Spillwords Press choose the Literary Work of the Month. Publications are nominated 100% based on the popularity within the last 30 days. The voting begins on the 23rd of each month at 12:00am Pacific Time and lasts 4 days. You can cast One VOTE, per registered user HERE. You have to be logged in to be able to vote. The voting is communicated via email and reminded via social media. The winning publication is announced within the first days of each month and featured on Spillwords.com sidebar during the entire month.

Spillwords Press Awards
Once a year, the Members (Authors & Readers) of Spillwords Press vote for nominated authors/publications in numerous categories. The voting begins on the 16th of January at 12:00am Pacific Time and lasts 10 days. You can cast One VOTE, per category, per registered user. You have to be logged in to be able to vote. The voting is communicated via email and reminded via social media. The winning authors/publications are announced within the first days of February and featured on Spillwords.com

Problems while voting
After selecting the appropriate checkbox of your choice and clicking on the “Vote” button underneath, you will see a small looping icon indicating that your vote is being finalized. Please give a sufficient time for this process to be completed, as sometimes the connection may lenghten the waiting period. If an error occurs, please refresh the page and select your vote again. In 90% of time refreshing your browser will solve the problem. If the error persists, or for any reason you’re not able to vote via our voting page, you can cast a manual vote by sending us an email to vote@spillwords.com Please include your username and your vote in the body of the email.

 

Submissions

Who can submit?
Spillwords Press is a place for everyone who believes that words matter. We are open to new and continued collaborations with published and unpublished authors, or anyone who wants to share their work with our audience.
What can I submit?
Spillwords Press is a place where you can submit many literary genres: haiku, found poetry, micropoetry, poetry, essays, prose, short story, article, editorial, commentary, and more. We accept unpublished, as well as previously featured literary works, as long as you are the rightful author.
Should I put my real name?
In the field “Your Name or Alias” you can put either your real name or your pen name under which you write. Use the name you would like your work to be published under, as it’s going to be used to credit your work and in your bio.
What does it mean: Body of Work?
By “Body of Work” we mean the actual literary work you’d like to submit to us to be featured on our website. We are open to many different kinds as to poetry, articles, essays, etc. For example if you wish to submit a poem, in this field you would put the actual verses of your poem. Please note that this field should NOT include the title of your literary work. Please include only ONE literary work at a time.
What happens if there are grammatical errors in my work?
Please make sure to edit your submission for grammatical and spelling errors. If you’re using poetic license please state it in the “Comments” field. If our editing team should find any of the aforementioned errors, we will attempt to contact you. In an event we cannot get in touch with you, the publication date of your work will be postponed indefinitely.
How do I tag my work?

By tagging we simply mean categorizing your work. Please pick a tag or tags from below that describe your literary work. If you can’t find the proper tag below, write your own.

[su_row][su_column size "1/2"]haiku
tanka
micropoetry
found poetry
poem
poetry[/su_column] [su_column size "1/2"]essay
free verse
prose
commentary
short story
article[/su_column][/su_row]
What should I include in Brief Description of my work?
In the field “Brief Description of Your Work” you should include in one sentence what is the topic of your literary work.
What should I include in Short Bio?
In the “Bio” field you can include any information you feel describes you as a person and as a writer. Please note that it should be concise.
Why should I list my social media accounts?
It is highly recommended that you provide the links to your social media accounts (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram) as we will link your author bio to your Twitter/Facebook/Instagram profile (account has to be viewable by the reader, no private, protected accounts), inasmuch as we use these accounts to promote your work and you, the author. If you do not have or don’t want to be tagged on social media, please state it in this field.
Why do I need to upload my Author Profile Photo or Art?
We create a bio for you to accompany your literary work and, the image you’ll upload will be used as your profile photo. We value your right to privacy, therefore you can opt to upload an avatar. 
What should I include in Additional Comments/Note from Author?
This field is not required. You can include here any comments for us or any comments you would like included below your work, under “Note from Author” that describes your inspiration for your submitted work etc. Also, if your submission has special formatting requirements please use this field to specify the details.
Should I upload a featured image with my work?
This field is optional as our team will create a featured image to compliment your work. The selected image has to reflect the words of a submitted piece in order to be selected as the featured image. If you are an artist, and you created an original image to accompany your writing or, if your writing was a reflection of a particular imagery, feel free to submit the image.  Please make sure that your uploaded image adheres to the following guidelines:

-the image is of your own photographic/artistic creation or is in the public domain
-minimum jpeg|png size 1000×900 px (ideal 1700×900 px)
-there is no watermarking other than your own if the image is of your creation
-no self-promoting advertisements

-the words of the literary work are not imposed on the image
-the image is of good quality (no pixalation or blur)

We do reserve the right to a final decision if your image will be published.

When do I receive a confirmation email?
If your submission is approved you will receive a confirmation email with date your work is to published, and a url at which your work will be available once it’s published. Our editing team will send you a corresponding email as soon as your work is edited and prepared for publishing.
Why I haven't received a confirmation email?
You will receive a confirmation email only if your submission is approved. Please add our email address – editor@spillwords.com to your Address Book/Safe Senders List to ensure proper communication delivery and check your SPAM folder to make sure that our email was not sent there in error.
My Author Bio on Spillwords.com
Once your submission is approved your author profile will be created and available under your author link. Soon after you will receive a confirmation email with the publication details to your literary work.
When will my work be published?
The publishing date of your work will vary as our editing team reviews and then makes selections based on the order of submissions received, scheduled publications and daily literary relevance to the schedule.
Should I link to Spillwords from my blog?
Linking to us is optional and not required but very much appreciated. In the confirmation email you will receive a link (a url to your work) that you can place on your blog or website to promote your published work on Spillwords.com You can place it on the page where you feature “Your Published Work” or you can just include Spillwords.com on a page with “Links” or “Friends”. We thank you in advance.

 

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties or anamolies,  please contact us at support@spillwords.com