Short Story Format, Pg. 7

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An earlier version of this article was reprinted in Writers Write: The Internet Writing Journal, December 1998

                                               Shunn / Format / 7

     Finally, though you don’t need to make any overt indication,

some writers choose to center the word “END” after the last line

of a story.  This can help avoid ambiguity if your final words

fall near the bottom of the page.


     While you’ll find certain variations in the way different

writers format their manuscripts, no one departs very far from

what I’ve outlined above.  But always check a market’s submission

guidelines before sending your work.  If their guidelines differ

from mine, follow theirs.

     At the very least, these suggestions will guarantee your

work looks professional.  How the story itself comes across is an

entirely separate matter--and that part’s all up to you.  Best of



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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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