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How to format and submit entries

Complete and eligible submissions to prize categories must include the following:

Prepare your manuscript

Your unpublished manuscript, containing no personal information, must be formatted as follows:

  1. Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format;
  2. Use 12 pt. font, Times New Roman or Arial, double-spaced, (except poetry), on a 8.5 x 11 page, with at least a one inch margin on all sides (if you are submitting poetry that relies on certain formatting, we suggest submitting as a .pdf to ensure nothing shifts). For scripts, please use standard scriptwriting format.
  3. Each page must be numbered in sequence and each page must include the title of the story in the header or footer;
  4. Do not include illustrations with your document. Prose only, please.
  5. Please do not put your name on your submission. Your name should only appear on your cover letter, as the cover letter is for office use only. This ensures blind judging;
  6. The filename should include the title of your piece and the category you are submitting to (ex: MyStory_CNF.doc.)  Please do not submit files that are labelled ‘my manuscript’ or other generic titles.
  7. Email the blind manuscript to info@wfnb.ca, after you pay for your submission here, on the website.
Prepare your cover letter (for office use):
  1. Along with your name, please include your permanent address  and phone number, not just your e-mail;
  2. Provide a one-paragraph description / biographical note of the entrant, including mention of any previous writing credits, if applicable
  3. Email your cover letter as a separate word document to info@wfnb.ca.

Payment by cheque is payable to the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick. Please mail to: WFNB, c/o 52 Amity Street, Moncton, NB E1G 0S3. Your complete submission and payment must be received no later than the stated deadline.

The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick does not accept applications that are incomplete, formatted improperly, exceed the word limit, or submitted past the deadline. Entry fees will not be refunded, so please check your application carefully. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the WFNB office prior to submitting your manuscript.

Please note that due to limited resources, we are unable to provide technical assistance such as formatting or attaching documents to email. If you require this kind of assistance, please speak to a friend or family member, or contact your local library branch.

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