Short Story Format, Pg. 7

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Shunn / Format / 7 Finally, though you don’t need to make any overt indication, some writers choose to center the word “END” after the last line of a story. This can help avoid ambiguity if your final words fall near the bottom of the page. # While you’ll find certain variations in the way different writers format their manuscripts, no one departs very far from what I’ve outlined above. But always check a market’s submission guidelines before sending your work. If their guidelines differ from mine, follow theirs. At the very least, these suggestions will guarantee your work looks professional. How the story itself comes across is an entirely separate matter--and that part’s all up to you. Best of luck!

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Now go ahead and study a sample excerpt from a novel manuscript.
What similarities do you notice? What differences?

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