WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #53

Continuing the series of Frequently Asked Questions about the West Virginia Writers, Inc., Annual Writing Competitions.  To see all of the questions, please click HERE.

QUESTION:  A bit of concern here. I submitted three stories in Emerging Writers and Short Story categories. One of these I also submitted in the Mystery category and one in the Humor category. As you can probably guess, I am new to all this and when I read the guidelines for submissions, saw that, “All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced.” I wondered what “standard” font was, but my Word program defaults to “Calibri (Body)” and since it looked like that was the font of the guidelines themselves, I did not worry about it. However, I have been looking at publications to submit short stories (you can certainly guess that I am very new at this), and it appears from a couple on-line sources that Courier font, with underlining rather than italicizing. is considered the basic format for literary submissions.  Am I okay with my submission in Calibri with italicizations? If not, might I substitute the same stories re-formatted?

ANSWER:   You're safe with Calibri.  What we intend by "standard 12-point font" is to prevent submissions using odd and stylized font choices that might be difficult to read.  For instance, if someone submitted an entire manuscript in Edwardian Script cursive or Blackadder ITC, those would not be standard.  But basic, clean, readable serif or even sans serif fonts are fine. Calibri is what my word processor defaults to as well, but I prefer Times New Roman.  Either would be fine.

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