- Your manuscript should look as though you typed it.
Neither handwritten manuscripts nor ones that use a
dozen amazingly nifty fonts are likely to be well
received. If you are using a word processor try to
select a non-proportional font (one where every character
has the same width).
- Do not justify the text. By this I mean don't select
the option from your word processor that makes every line
of text end exactly at the right margin. Remember, you want
your manuscript to look as though you typed it, even if you
are printing it on the world's most expensive laserwriter.
- Use high quality 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper.
- Only print on one side of the paper.
- Do not staple the pages together.
- Use wide margins -- at least an inch all around the text.
- Double space the text.
- Show new paragraphs by indenting the first line of
the new paragraph by five spaces. Thus:
This is the end of one paragraph.
And this is the start of the next paragraph. Note
that the text is double-spaced, and non-justified.
- The top of the first page:
Put your name, address, and telephone number at the top
left of the first page. Put the word count to the nearest
100 words at the top right of the first page. Something
Jane Smith 3200 words
123 Home Lane
Writers' Ville PA 15206
- The rest of the first page: The story's title and your name
should appear a little less than halfway down the first
page. Then leave a couple of blank lines, and start the
story. The title and your name should be centered:
- Put the page number, your surname, and a keyword or two
from the title on the top right of every page after the
first one. Something like this:
- To show a scene break, leave a blank line, then have a line
with a single asterix centered in the middle, then have another
blank line. Thus:
With a whimper, Bob died.
It was a dark and stormy night, very dark, very
- Do not use italics. To show text that should be italicized in the
final published version of the story, underline that section of text.
- At the end of your story, leave a couple of blank
lines, then write "THE END" or "###" centered
on a line.
- And that's all there is to it.