Short Story Format

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William Shunn about 1,500 words 12 Courier Lane Pica’s Font, NY 10010 (212) 555-1212 Active member, SFWA Proper Manuscript Format by William Shunn No one knows for certain how many good short stories are passed over because the manuscripts containing them are formatted poorly, but it is certain that a properly formatted manuscript will be more eagerly read by an editor than a poorly formatted one. Here are a few suggestions. First, use black type on white paper only. Other colors make your work difficult to read, not to mention calling too much attention to the manuscript itself. Print on only one side of the page. For easy readability, limit your choice of font to either Courier or Times New Roman. Courier (my strong preference) is a monospaced font, which means that every character is exactly as

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Now go ahead and study a sample excerpt from a novel manuscript.
What similarities do you notice? What differences?

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