Typos, formatting oddities, and other small errors do not worry us as long as the words are all present. When stories are accepted, authors have the opportunity to suggest edits at that time. Unless there are serious errors—such as a truncated .DOCX file—there is no need to be concerned. When we open your file to full screen in our program, it usually corrects formatting and layout irregularities. We will let you know if we cannot read your story.
Submissions can't be changed after they are submitted, so be sure to take advantage of the offered pop-up review of the story before finalizing it, and be aware that if we fall in love with a story, you'll have the opportunity to suggest edits at that time. (We don't look for excuses to dismiss a piece--we love our work!)
Two situations where it is appropriate to email about a submission you've made:
- If your story has been accepted elsewhere and must be withdrawn.
- If—after finalizing your submission and checking My Submissions—you find that the story is illegible or your .DOCX file is truncated, we'll be glad to issue a refund so you can resubmit.
Regarding File Types:
No images (such as photos, clip art, special characters) are allowed in documents. Be aware that if you story is accepted for publication, we will invite you to include an image, which you would provide separately.
These file types work great: .DOC, .RTF, .TXT, .WPS.
We don't work with PDFs, and here are instructions on converting Mac files.
.DOCX files sometimes truncate—do check that offered pop-up window before finalizing. If you missed that opportunity and have finalizing a truncated submission, here's what you do:
To save your .docx file as a .doc file and resubmit, go to your own .docx file on your computer and save it as a .doc file. (NOTE: The only reason NOT to translate your .docx to a a .doc is if your original file is a WordPerfect file—just submit the original WordPerfect file, and all should be well.) This is the step-by-step process:
- Click on the "office" button in upper left corner when you're in your .docx file,
- Scroll down to "save as," and select "Word 97-2003 document."
- Then make a brand new submission and email me (email@example.com) with the number of the document we should ignore (and refund if it was a competition entry with a reading fee).
Please remember there's always a one-week grace period on deadlines. We look forward to reading your work!