Friday, August 25, 2017

Short Story FAQs

Hello, everyone! Our contest deadline is coming up next week. August 31st at midnight central time.

If you're in the Houston area, you aren't going to be doing anything this weekend anyway except trying to stay dry. Perfect time to write a story for our Storming the Short Story contest. (There's a reason why it was named that way - to coincide with hurricane season.)

I've had a couple of questions about story formatting.

1. How do I format the header to get the page number up there?

If you open the header, you type in the Title/Genre and then use Insert Page # (choose right) and it will place it in the correct position.

2. How far is 1/3 down the first page?

This doesn't need to be exact. Just press enter until the story starts roughly 1/3 from the top of the page. (I think I hit return 6 times when I'm double spaced).

3. What format does the title page need to be?

We didn't specify, so it's probably safe to use the same format as the rest of the document. However, if you decided to do something fancy, that's fine too. You won't be judged on the formatting of the title page.

4. Is it okay if I get my story critiqued before I enter it, or do I need to do it all on my own?

Yes, please do! Having others read and comment on your stories, even if it's just to check for typos, always makes our stories better!

To help, and as a thank you for reading this far, you can download a Word .doc or .docx template we created help you with the formatting. I realize not all of us are computer tech wizards, and worrying about formatting isn't as important as worrying about your story! Story is king. So here you go!

Google Drive link to .docx template

Google Drive link to .doc template

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