We want to thank Kathleen Listman for her assistance in providing more information on formatting. Kathleen is a member of the OWFI affiliate Oklahoma City Writers, Inc. She is the Crème de la Crème recipient for the 2017 Oklahoma City Writers contest.

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Unpublished Categories (Except Poetry and Script)

  1. Maximum and minimum manuscript lengths by word count or page number are listed under each category.

  2. If word count is required – Use the word count on word processor.

  3. Header, first page – Located in the upper right-hand corner and includes:

    • First Line – Category Number

    • Second Line – Category Name

      For the following categories that cover more than one type/age of writing, please specify only the type/age that applies to your entry:

      • Category 3 – State either Memoir or Nostalgia

      • Category 5 – State either Film, Play, or TV

      • Category 8 – State either Technical or How-To

      • Category 14 – State either Ages 7–9 or Ages 8–12

      • Category 19 – State either Sci-Fi or Fantasy

      • Category 22 – State either Narrative or General

      • Category 26 – State either Mystery or Suspense/Thriller

      • Category 28 – State either Sci-Fi or Fantasy

    • Third Line:

      • FOR ALL NONFICTION: include number of words

      • FOR ALL FICTION or PICTURE BOOK: include number of pages

  4. Header, all subsequent pages – Located in the upper right-hand corner and includes:

    • First Line – Title

      Second Line – Page number

  5. Title – Located 2 spaces after header, centered, and 2 spaces above the intended work.

  6. FOR PICTURE BOOKS – Illustrations should not be included with your submission.

  7. FOR BOOK AND NOVEL CATEGORIES:

    • First page should include the following:

      • Header

      • Title

      • Synopsis, outline, or table of contents

    • Synopsis, outline, table of contents:

      A synopsis counts as part of the total number of pages, which is listed under each category. The synopsis can be single-spaced. It should be between 1 to 3 pages.

      For non-fiction categories, outlines and/or table of contents may be submitted in lieu of a synopsis, but still count as part of the total number of pages, and should be single-spaced and follow word length requirements.

    • Chapter headings:

      • Should be 12-point font.

      • Located approximately 3 inches below the top of the page and centered.

    • Include the first page through maximum number of pages, which is described under each category.

Poetry

  1. Maximum and minimum manuscript lengths by lines are listed under each category.

  2. Header, first page – Located in the upper right-hand corner and includes:

    • First Line – Category Number

    • Second Line – Category Name

    • Third Line – Number of lines (Epigraphs and spaces are not part of the line count.)

  3. Header, all subsequent pages – Located in upper right-hand corner and includes:

    • First Line - Title

    • Second Line - Page number

  4. Title – Located 2 spaces after header, centered or flush left to align with the poem, and 2 spaces above the intended work.

  5. Font – 12-point font in black for entire work. Times New Roman.

  6. Line spacing – Can be single spaced, with double spaces in between stanzas as author deems necessary.

  7. Margins – Must be at 1 inch (3 cm) on all sides.

  8. Text alignment – Standard flush left (ragged right), unless poem requires flexibility.

  9. Footer – Nothing should be in footer (even if industry standards say to put information there).

Script: Play, Film, or TV