Proper Manuscript Format for Fiction Writers | William Shunn
“Proper Manuscript Format” now comes in two distinct flavors

“Proper Manuscript Format” now comes in two distinct flavors

The latest update to the popular manuscript preparation guide can be viewed in either “Modern” or “Classic” format.  read

Indenting paragraphs without the tab key

A reader writes to ask: I want to submit a novel manuscript to a small press in the US and their guidelines say "indented, not tabbed." What's the difference? Usually I just hit the tab key once. Should I be...  read

When a sentence doesn't end with a period

A reader writes to ask: I know it’s still acceptable to space twice after periods. However, if there’s a close quote after a period is there actually only one space remaining after the quotation mark before first letter of the...  read

How to format a poetry collection

A reader writes to ask: I am currently trying to put together a manuscript of all of my late mother's poetry that she wrote from about 1970 to 2013, when she passed away. I made her a promise that when...  read

Proper paper size for manuscript submissions

A reader writes to ask: I have just one question concerning the "1in from margin" factor: what page size is normally used? 8.5x11? 6x9 ? I see the '1in from margin' statement everywhere but nowhere I've found do they say...  read

Quotations at the beginnings of chapters

A reader writes to ask: I'm finalizing a manuscript and your templates are so helpful. One thing I can't seem to find addressed is the use of quotes - a poem or just a quotation from a person, at the...  read

Page headers in electronic submissions

A reader writes to ask: I enjoyed reading your article about formatting short story submissions, but wondered whether the Name/Title/Page# thing is necessary for electronic submissions. I have a story ready for submission to EQMM. There are essentially two kinds...  read

Headers for multi-page poem manuscripts

A reader writes to ask: How should we format a manuscript of multiple poems that each span more than a single page? Do we number our pages starting from 1 whenever we begin a new poem, or should we number...  read

New novel template for Microsoft Word, plus advanced macros

The short story manuscript template for Microsoft Word that I recently added was apparently quite a success, at least to judge by the number of requests I've received to add a version for novel manuscripts. Accordingly, I've created that novel...  read

Manuscript template for Microsoft Word

At long last, after more requests than it should have required, I've corrected a long-standing oversight and created a short story manuscript template for Microsoft Word. You can find it at this page: https://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html After you customize the template with...  read
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