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[*] posted on 8/14/2010 at 11:58 PM
Lack of Guidelines


What do you do when submitting a short story to a contest or magazine if the guidelines don't tell you anything about font, font size, line spacing, etc. ?



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[*] posted on 8/15/2010 at 06:09 AM


I'd do Times New Roman, 12 font, double spacing. I think that's standard.
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[*] posted on 8/15/2010 at 11:34 AM


Oh, good. That would be my first choice as well.

I like the Courier New required for Accentuate contests, but when it's some other thing and they don't say what they like, I'm thinking it's probably safer to do TNR.




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[*] posted on 8/15/2010 at 05:37 PM


Yes. I read on some agents blog the other day, or maybe it was a submissions guideline, to use TNR or any similar font, but to absolutely NOT use Courier. He/she hated it. Lots of people don't like it, so I'd play it safe and not use it.
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[*] posted on 8/16/2010 at 03:03 PM


But long ago, courier was the font of choice, because it was the font that most closely resembled a typewriter. Some of the longer-lasting agents still want it that way.

THe importnat thing to remember here is that if the formatting and such were important to them, they would have put that on the guidelines. If it's not there, it probably doesn't matter as long as it's professional.

That said, I did a video about what to do with formatting and such in the absence of submission guidelines:





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[*] posted on 8/16/2010 at 03:29 PM


Nancy,

It was probably Crossed Genres. They HATE courier, but will accept TNR or Arial.




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[*] posted on 8/16/2010 at 05:39 PM


Darn. I love Courier now. I can't stand TNR. :(





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[*] posted on 8/16/2010 at 05:48 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Melanie  
Darn. I love Courier now. I can't stand TNR. :(



Me too! I now use it all the time...after using "Comic Sans"...ha ha ha




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[*] posted on 8/16/2010 at 08:10 PM


Thanks for the video, Michelle. Very good!



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[*] posted on 8/16/2010 at 09:23 PM


If I had my druthers I'd use Verdana.
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[*] posted on 8/16/2010 at 10:46 PM



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Me too! I now use it all the time...after using "Comic Sans"...ha ha ha


Ha! I used to use Comic Sans on everything. lol
I remember all my first websites: centered Comic sans everywhere. :)




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[*] posted on 8/17/2010 at 04:57 AM


I use Book Antiqua for formatting the anthologies. As far as printing goes, it prints the very best, darkest, least dithered lines.



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