Format Guidelines

Thanks for taking the time to write something for the magazine! All submissions are greatly appreciated, and we want to make sure we can publish as many as possible. With that in mind, before you send it over to us, please go down this checklist and ensure that your writing conforms to these standards.

All work should be sent as a Word document via email.

  • Use black type only.
  • Set your font size to 12 points.
  • The font itself should be something standard and easily readable, like Times New Roman.
  • Place your contact information in the upper-left corner of the first page, including your name and email, as well as other pertinent information such as your pronouns.
  • In the upper-right corner of the first page, place an approximate word count, rounded to the nearest hundred.
  • Place the full title of your story a third to halfway down the first page, centred on its own line.
  • Double your line spacing, then go down one line, and add your by-line. This should also be centred and is where you put the name that gets credit when the writing is published. This can be a pen name if you don’t want to use your real one, or perhaps a variation of your legal name. However, even if it’s identical to your legal name, it still has to go in the by-line.
  • Go down two more lines; this is where your text should start. The line spacing should remain at double throughout (this makes it easier for us to read and add feedback to).
  • The first line of every paragraph should be indented one half-inch from the left margin (hit Tab at the start of the paragraph and Word will indent it for you).
  • Don’t place extra line spaces between paragraphs! While this is common practice in online writing, we have a limit to the number of pages of material we can publish. Indenting a new line is enough to indicate that a new paragraph has begun, and takes up a lot less space than leaving entire lines blank.
  • The text of your story should be left-aligned.
  • Every page (aside from the first) should contain a header at the top right. This header consists of the surname from your by-line, one or two keywords from the title of your story, and the page number.
  • Dialogue should be enclosed in quotation marks, and a new paragraph should be started for each new speaker.
  • This guideline is based on the William Shunn format guide. If you’d like more information on it, including detailed examples, and explanations of terminology, it can be accessed here: https://www.shunn.net/format/story/2/
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