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Don’t Overlook The Basics When Submitting Short Stories

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My friend Maureen Rogers is good about submitting her short stories and getting them published. If you are so inclined, then get busy and look like a pro when you submit.  Writer’s Digest has just shared some Short Story submission tips. In their article they suggest that you don’t submit anything with handwritten notes on it: REALLY! Do people actually think it’s okay to submit anything with handwritten notes? Listen up; if you are one of those people, stop that right now, slap yourself and put your pen down. It just makes you look sloppy and unprofessional, to say the least. If you’re going to submit, then increase your chances of being read, and do your best to look like a pro – Here’s and excerpt and if you’re interested in more, follow the link at the end.
The Specifics of the Short Story Format (Excerpt from WD)
·         Use a 1” margin on all sides.
·         Do not number the first page.
·         Put your name and contact information at the top, centered, on the first page.
·         Put the word count and rights offered in the top right corner.
·         Put the story’s title, centered in all caps, approximately one-third of the way down the page from the top margin.
·         Skip a line and write “by” in lowercase, then skip another line and put your name in all caps. (If using a pseudonym, put that name in all caps, and then on the next line put your real name in parentheses.)
·         Drop four lines, indent, and begin your story.
·         Double-space the entire text of the story.
·         Put a header at the top of every page (except the first) including the title, your last name, and page number).
·         Optional: Type “THE END” in all caps when your story is finished. (Some editors like this because it closes the story; others do not. It’s your call.)

2 comments on “Don’t Overlook The Basics When Submitting Short Stories

  1. Stephen Hayes
    March 30, 2012

    Great info, as always. Say, I really like the new look of your blog. You've maintained the richness while making it easier to read. Very nice!

  2. Pamela
    March 30, 2012

    Thanks, Mindy! Bookmarked it directly.

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