SUBMISSIONS

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).

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Whether you're trying out a brand new software or you want to make sure you're setting up your document just right, we've got you covered: Formatting 101. Our formatting how-tos cover all three major file types accepted by The Writer's Workout: Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer, and Google Docs.

 

The Writer's Workout accepts .doc, .docx, .odt, and links to Google Docs*. If you have questions about the submission guidelines that are not answered here or through the Formatting 101 pages (linked above), please email Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net.

*Please note The Writer's Workout does not accept .gdoc or invitations to edit. Please review the Formatting for Google Docs page for instructions on how to submit via Google Docs. 

The Writer's Workout does not accept .pdf files or submissions pasted into the body of the email due to the loss of formatting.

General Formatting

When formatting your submission, use the guide below. All submissions should be in English.

 

Font: Times New Roman or Arial, 10 or 12 pt, black text.

Spacing: single spaced with 1" (25.4 mm) empty margins on all sides.

Indentations: indented using Tab or auto-indent set to 0.5" (12.7 mm).

Never use the space bar to indent paragraphs.

Layout: no extra blank space* before or after paragraphs

Scene breaks are designated by one blank line.

Never add your entry title a second time. 

*"Add blank space after paragraphs" is another feature of Microsoft Word you'll need to turn off for proper formatting. Check the Formatting for Microsoft Word guide for details and instructions. 

Include your Title Information!

Proper Title Information is required for all submissions to The Writer's Workout.

For The 500 and Trope Challenge:

Include the following Title Information in this order at the top of your entry, aligned left.

Your Name or Pseudonym

Entry Title

Word Count (should be exact, not rounded; should not include Title Information)

For The Writer's Games:

Include the following Title Information in this order at the top of your entry, aligned left.

Your Name or Pseudonym

Entry Title

Event Name (appears in all caps during announcement)

Word Count (should be exact, not rounded; should not include Title Information)

Please note additional information may be required. Place additional information on a separate line after your Word Count.

For anthology* submissions:

Include the following Title Information in this order, centered (horizontally and vertically) on a separate page at the start of your document.

Your Name or Pseudonym

Title

Word Count (should be exact, not rounded; should not include Title Information)

*Please note anthology submission should also include page numbers in the top right corner, in the margin: Last Name, #

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

Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Children's Story 

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