Canadian Writer's Journal
Manuscript Format Examples

Mail submission guidelines follow. Due to the nature of responsive websites, it may look wonky on some viewers. A PDF version is available here. Email submission guidelines below.

Leave one inch (2.5 cm) border around all sides of the page. But do not make an actual visible line.

Name (Pen Name)
City, Prov/State
Country Postal Code

Rights Offered



YOUR NAME or whatever Pen name you are using.

Story starts indented with a brilliant opening to catch the

reader's attention. It is double spaced so that your harried and

overworked reader/editor will not go blind at least until they finish

your story and pick up someone else's less professional manuscript.

On computers, and especially if the publisher is requesting that

your final submission come on disk, please, please, please do not

double space after a sentence period. It takes time to take all these

extra spaces out. Use one side of the paper only. Left hand

justification, not full, and a font other than Courier or Arial, but not

a fancy one. Your writing should be the focus of the editor's attention

and not the fact that you have 400 fonts in your machine

Your thrilling story carries the reader flawlessly into the next page,

Your Name: Story or Book Title

Page 2

      and they can't put it down until they've finished it.

[Insert many dazzling words here to fill out your story.]

At the end of the article, mark it as the end; sometimes it is

not as evident as we would like to think. Give the editor and the

typesetter a clue.


Email submissions should have the following format:

• in the subject line please write Submission;

• the body of the email should start out with your name, address and phone number, followed by a short paragraph or two about you and the work you're submitting, then your submission should follow in the body of the email ** NOT ** as an attachment. We have never opened attachments to email to minimize possible virus exposure. We follow the piece (in most cases) with short biographical information about you. (Poets' biographies are on a separate page.) We appreciate your input for those two or three lines, although we do reserve final editorial decision.

Email submission example

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