- All pieces submitted to the anthology must reflect the theme of the anthology: Community.
Goals of the Anthology:
- To emulate the processes of the publishing world, providing an authentic experience for Inspire Members in which to practice submitting work.
- To provide an opportunity for a potential publishing credit for our members.
- To bless and encourage our members and Anthology readers.
- Submissions may be no more than 1500 words.
- No non-member entries
- The Anthology is for members in good standing only. No non-member entries will be allowed. (This includes non-member students and children)
- All entries must go through online submission channels.
- Submission does not guarantee inclusion, even if previous submissions have resulted in inclusion.
- Multiple submissions, up to a maximum of three per anthology, will be judged individually.
- All entries must adhere to submission guidelines or they will be rejected.
- It is up to the submitter to figure out their error, make the adjustments needed to comply, and resubmit.
- Entries requiring more than a few basic copy-edits will be rejected and the submitter will be invited to have the piece edited and re-submit before the closing date for submissions. (Note: There are wonderful editors, available at an Inspire-only rate in the Professional Services Directory on our website.)
- Entries requiring any substantive edits will be rejected and the submitter will be encouraged to rework the piece and re-submit before the closing date for submissions.
- All work must be the original work of the submitter.
- Please note: Editors will no longer be “coaching” or heavily editing any writer’s work.
- All entries must adhere to Inspire’s general remit as well as the specific Anthology’s theme and guidelines.
- Your piece must be submitted as a Word document, using the following format for the filename: LastName_Title
- 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!).
- Place the author name and title in the header, left-aligned.
- Also, outside the header, at the top of the document, Center the Title followed by the author’s name on a new line
- In the footer, center the page numbers.
- Do not include extra spaces before or after paragraphs. Tip: Turn on “Show all non-printing characters” to view these and eliminate them.
- 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 dialogue.
- Begin each chapter on a new page.
- Use: * * * when you want time, POV, topic, or other breaks within a chapter.
- Place the *** in the center of a line with a blank line above and below.
- Italicize Scripture (with reference and version in parentheses).
- Italicize thought, imagined dialogue, prayer, and other interior discourse.
- Italicize sounds. Crack. The tree limb fell. “Umm, I hope you have insurance, mister.”
- 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 places.
- 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 dialogue.
- 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.)
- 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.
Consideration for inclusion in our anthologies is a benefit of membership in Inspire. Only Inspire members may submit their articles for consideration. If you are not a member, why not join today? See the full list of Inspire membership benefits on our website.
TIP: If you are unsure of your login details, especially your password, leave plenty of time before the submission deadline to ensure you can log in. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS AFTER THE DEADLINE: JUNE 30th.
If you have any questions about these guidelines, please email [email protected]
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