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Your formatting is important! A professional presentation could mean the difference between publication and the dreaded rejection letter. The Writer's Workout accepts submissions formatted to industry standard: Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) with slight alterations, depending on when they've last updated their system. Each call includes the same general submissions information listed below. Check the individual page for information on rights, simultaneous submissions, and previously published works. 

Our calendar is packed with various calls and opportunities, each with its own different review team. Your submission must include the Title Information (below) inside your document so we can send it to the correct team. Find our publication FAQ here.


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The Writer's Workout accepts .doc, .docx, and .odt

Live, unlocked Google Docs or Microsoft Word links are accepted via email. Set your document permissions to "anyone with the link can [comment or edit]" so we can collect it. We will not request access and we are not responsible for locked docs.


All submissions accepted via email (submissions [at] writersworkout [dot] net) and Dropbox.

Most submissions also accepted via Duosuma, where linked. 

Some calls accept simultaneous submissions or previously published works. Please check the associated page for details.

Rights vary by call; please check the associated page for details.

If you have questions about the submission guidelines that are not answered here, please contact us.

We do not accept .pdf files, submissions pasted into the body of the email, or the Shunn method, for your protection.

We do not accept fanfiction, religious, political, erotic, or AI-assisted content.

General Formatting

All submissions must be in English.

Begin your document body with your Title Information (below), add one blank line, then begin your entry.

Times New Roman or Arial, size 10 or 12, single spaced

Indented paragraphs except for poetry

Empty margins on all four sides

One empty line for scene breaks

Title Information

Proper Title Information is required for all submissions to The Writer's Workout to ensure your piece reaches the correct reading team. It should be in the order listed, at the top of your document body, aligned left.

Please do not add your Title Information to the header margin or to the body of your email.

Name or Pseudonym, email address

Entry Title

[Call Name]

Word or Line Count 

The Writer's Workout has created a sample title for your convenience:

Edgar Allan Poe,

The Tell-Tale Heart

WayWords Theme: The Unknown 


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