Style Guidelines

The Easter Anthology will follow a specific style guide to ensure consistency among all submissions. In order to make the copyediting process more efficient, please follow this formatting exactly.
Please double-check your work before submission.

For Documents:

Document Name:
Save the document as your last name, e.g., Snyder.doc
If you’re submitting more than one piece, send each as a separate document and save as e.g.,Snyder1.doc, Snyder2.doc

Microsoft Office Word document

Times New Roman

Font Size:
12 point

One-inch margins (top, bottom, left, right)

Page numbering:
Insert page number at top right of each page

At top of the first page, list the following:

  1. Title of your submission, e.g. Easter Surprise
  2. Genre: e.g. fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.
  3. Your name exactly as you want it to appear in the book, e.g., Ruth L. Snyder, Sheila Webster
  4. Word count
  5. Leave four blank lines (hit Enter five times) then start your article/story

Left, unless it is poetry that requires special formatting



Insert one space between sentences, not two spaces.

Indent the first line of each new paragraph ½ inch using paragraph settings.

Quotation marks:
Use double quotation marks. Single quotation marks should only be used to set off a quotation within a quotation.

Place all ending punctuation inside quotation marks.

Names for Bible:
Capitalize (e.g., Bible, God’s Word, the Scriptures, etc.); biblical is not capitalized.

Names for God:
Capitalize alternative names for God: Creator, Father, Lord, etc.
Capitalize deity pronouns referring to God: He, Him, Himself, His, the One, You, etc.

Bible version:
All Scripture quotations should be NIV except where noted. Do not put NIV after each quotation. (Inform editors if you have a specific reason why you need to use another version.)

Bible verses:
Place all quoted Bible verses inside quotation marks, not in italics.

Books of the Bible:
Spell out books of the Bible. Do not use abbreviations. Use digits 1, 2 or 3, not Roman numerals, for multiple books (e.g., 1 John, 2 Chronicles, etc.)

Bible verse references:
Put Bible verse reference in parenthesis. Insert final punctuation after parenthesis at the end of Scripture reference, not within Scripture verse.

Italicize titles of books, publications, magazines, newspapers, movies, plays, television programs, radio programs, music albums, CDs, DVDs.
Capitalize and place the following inside quotation marks: titles of songs, hymns, poems, choruses, articles in publications, and chapters in books.

Italicize a person’s thoughts to differentiate them from dialogue. Do not place inside quotation marks.

No periods in abbreviations with state and provincial names (NY AB ON), acronyms (ICWF), metric and non-metric measurements (cm hr).

No apostrophe for plural after abbreviations or numerals.

Dash usage:
Use the em dash with no spaces on either side of the dash to set off parenthetical thought, replace commas where more of a pause is desired, or to indicate a speaker has been interrupted. (i.e., Four good friends—though they just met—are working on the anthology. /“I don’t want to rewrite—” the author said. “I’m sorry, but you’ve done it incorrectly,” her editor explained.)
In Word, an em dash is formed by typing two hyphens one after the other. When you add a space after the word that follows the dash, it automatically forms an em dash. Do not use a hyphen in place of a dash.

Serial Commas:
Use a comma after each item in the list, including the one before the “and.”

Spell out words one through one hundred.
Use numerals 101 and above.
Numbers that begin a sentence: Spell out.

Use a.m. or p.m.

For Artwork:

Scan your artwork in high resolution (300 dpi).

For Photographs:

High resolution (min. 300 dpi) black-and-white photographs only.