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 the Anthology readers.

Guidelines:

  • 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.

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!).
  • 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 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.

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 places.

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 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.)

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.

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.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please email anthology@inspirewriters.com or select the “Anthology/Inspire Press” option on our Contact form.


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