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SMF, Standard Manuscript Format: What’s that?! PDF References.


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Downloadable PDF’s on what exactly is Standard Manuscript Format (SMF) and how to properly format your work when submitting it.  But always read the guidelines for any publisher, agent, contest etc.  Follow what they specify for submissions, exactly.  When in doubt, use SMF.

1. GUIDELINE & TIPS – Standard Manuscript Format

2. TITLE PAGE – Standard Manuscript Format

3. NOVEL & SHORT STORY – Standard Manuscript Format

Curious about how to insert place holder text into a document with Microsoft Word?  It’s easy!  I swear.
Simply type this in an open Word Document then press “enter”:

Microsoft Word 2007+

=lorem (P, L)

Microsoft Word <2003

=rand (P, L)

It will insert this nifty Lorem Ipsum place-holding text. It comes in handy!

P=for the number of paragraphs needed.  And L= for the number of lines, “sentences” needed.

So if I type: =lorem (1, 5) it will produce this:

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Maecenas porttitor congue massa. Fusce posuere, magna sed pulvinar ultricies, purus lectus malesuada libero, sit amet commodo magna eros quis urna. Nunc viverra imperdiet enim. Fusce est.”

For the APA and MLA citation guides listed in the PDF’s, hop over to: The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab).

For an online explanation of Standard Manuscript Format (SMF) click on this resource by Mary Soon Lee.

~Sara 😀



I write and do graphic art stuff*.

6 thoughts on “SMF, Standard Manuscript Format: What’s that?! PDF References.

  1. Reblogged this on SM CADMAN and commented:

    What’s SMF, Standard Manuscript Format?! Read and find out 🙂

  2. Hey Sarah, Thanks for that, much appreciated.



  3. Gah. HTML. Displays here okay but not my reblog…! I’ve tried:   and


    where’s a coder when you need one! *pulls hair out!

  4. oh fps…&…nbsp…; and Forgot it wouldn’t display here LOL! Walking away from pc…(to thump my head for a bit…) minus my dotting. 😉

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