by Laura Michelle Thomas
How your format your manuscript matters a great deal in the publishing world. It is the first impression your story makes in an editor or judge’s eyes. It shows that you know and respect the rules of the trade and have done your homework.
It is very important that you put all of your personal information at the top of the first page so that we can contact you if you are a winner or we wish to publish your submission. The font and using all caps for your title, is optional but highly recommended. It’s standard industry formatting so you might as well start learning it now. The font is Times New Roman 12pt. And, double spacing is recommended. It makes it easier for the judges to read.
How your manuscript looks is our first impression of you as a writer. It matters. When we get a manuscript that is put together randomly, we already know that the work has probably not be written and edited carefully either.
SAMPLE MANUSCRIPT FORMAT