Manuscript Guidelines

The applicant’s name and a page number must appear on each sheet of the manuscript. (For example: Smith, p. 1.)

Prose manuscripts must be double-spaced with 12 pt. font and margins of at least 1.25”. The total word count should be noted at the top of the first page. Applicants may include one or more stories/essays as long as the overall total number of pages is within the 4,000 word limit. Please include a short note to let readers know if the piece is a story, an excerpt from a novel or nonfiction. Manuscripts excerpted from a longer project should include a one-page synopsis placed at the back of the piece.

Poetry manuscripts should have 12 pt. font and can be either single- or double-spaced. A poem can exceed one page, as long as the complete manuscript submission is within the 8 page limit. Limit one poem per page.

Please do not send children’s or young adult literature, self-help literature, or translations of work that is not literary in nature.


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