Inspire Press Style Sheet

Thank you for your interest in Inspire Press. We’re excited to partner with you on our publication journey. If you are submitting your work for inclusion in our upcoming anthology, or submitting a book manuscript for publication with Inspire Press, you must follow these style guidelines:

 

Formatting:

Use 1-inch margins.

Left justify your document.

Double-space your submission.

Set paragraph indent at 0.5 inches. No tabs or spaces. If you’re not sure how to do this, here’s a video that demonstrates how to tab (Don’t do this) and how to set the paragraph indent. (Do this!) Here’s the video link.

Use Headers and Footer for author name/title and page numbers.

Center Title and page numbers.

Do not include extra spaces before or after paragraphs.

Use only one space at the end of a sentence and between words.

Use Times New Roman or Calibri in 12-point font for all text, including Titles and Headings.

Create Titles & Headings in Headline Capitalization (No Bold or ALL CAPS.)

Begin a new paragraph for each speaker change in dialog.

Begin each chapter on a new page.

Use * * * for time, POV, topic, or other breaks within a chapter.

 

Italics:

Italicize Scripture (with reference and version in parenthesizes)

Italicize thought, imagined dialogue, prayer, and other interior discourse.

Italicize sounds. Crack. The tree limb fell. “Umm, I hope you have insurance, mister.”

 

Capitalization:

Capitalize all pronouns for God: His, He, Him, You, Your, etc.

When referring to God’s Word, capitalize Word and Scripture.

Capitalize Heaven and Hell when referring to the actual place.

 

Punctuation:

When using em—dashes, do not add spaces before or after.

Use … for faltering speech and –for interrupted speech (“I…I don’t know…what you mean.”) (“Would you—”)

Place quotation marks outside of final punctuation in dialog.

For quotes within quotes, use full quotes to begin and end, single quotes on the internal quote.

Use s after the apostrophe for words and names ending in s. i.e.: James’s, boss’s.

Include a comma before the conjunction in a series. (We bought milk, juice, fruit, and cereal.)

 

Numbers:

Fiction: Spell out numbers other than years (It would occur on June fifth. / In the year 1492 Christopher…)

Non-fiction: depends on the materials covered. The more technical the more digits are used.