Standard Manuscript Format


  • Black ink on white
  • One inch margins
  • Ragged right margin (i.e. do not “fill justify”)
  • 12 point Times New Roman or equivalent font
  • Double space
  • Place chapter heading approximately one third of the way down the page (~ 8 returns)
  • Center chapter heading
  • The first page of each chapter should have 16 lines of text (not including title and heading); subsequent pages should each have 24 lines of text
  • Indent each paragraph ½ inch
  • Slugline on top left of header: LastName/manuscript title
  • Page number on top right of header

Example Standard Manuscript Format SSWS