Friday, February 26, 2016


Manuscript preparation follows specific guidelines when submitting to periodicals: (1) Print on good quality white paper (no colored paper or type colors). (2) In the upper left-hand corner, type your name, address, phone number, email, and Website, if you have one. In the upper right hand corner indicate number of words, what rights are offered, a copyright notice, and “Pix on Request,” if applicable. (3) Type your title just above the middle of the page, drop 3 lines and type your byline, drop 6 more lines to start the text. (4) Leave ample margins: one inch at the top and right side, one and a half inch on the left side, and one to one-and-a-half inch at the bottom. (5) Create a header that will go at the top of each page, except the first: “Your last name/key word from the title” on the left, and “Page ___” on the right. (6) Double-space the text, unless the publisher's guidelines indicate otherwise. (7) Indent all paragraphs consistently 5-10 spaces (do not leave an extra line between paragraphs). (8) Many editors prefer that you use sub-heads when writing articles. (9) Most periodicals now prefer all submissions be sent by email, although some will accept the submission on a CD or flash drive. (9) Print on one side of the page only. Check the guidelines for each different periodical you submit to and send exactly what they require. For more detailed instructions on manuscript preparation, go to:


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