Saturday, July 21, 2012

Free MS WORD Template for Manuscripts

Have you ever struggled with questions about how to format your manuscript for submission to literary agents?

Let me save you some time. Here are two free Word documents already formatted for submission to most literary agents. These templates are saved in both Word 2010 and Word 97 2003 formats.  Both formats may be requested through my author website at:

General formatting information:

Font - Times New Roman, 12 pitch
Spacing - double spaced
Margins - one inch all around
Header - Title/Author/Page number (note: page numbers are automatically added as your story grows.)
Cover page - Title/word count/author contact information
Chapter breaks - instructions are contained in the document for chapter breaks

Note:  If you cut and paste your existing manuscript into this document, be sure to delete all existing formatting before the transfer, or you might carry incorrect formatting from an old document into the new manuscript.

Feel free to contact me with questions if you have trouble with these formats. I can be reached through the comments section on this blog or by personal email at

Good luck getting published!


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Beth, hope it helps you to produce a great finished document. Good writing...Dean

  2. Great idea! It's still a good idea for author's to check submission guidelines before sending. Then they can tweak the template to the guidelines of their target.

    1. Hi Alison, I completely agree. Submission guidelines must always be followed. The purpose of this template is simply to provide an initial format from which inexperienced writers can begin. Your cautionary suggestion is much appreciated and wise.

      Thank you for your thoughts...Dean


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