SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines

How should I format my manuscript?

Whether sending your manuscript electronically or physically, please follow these guidelines:


• Double-spaced
• Left justified
• 12-point Times New Roman or Courier font
• One-inch margins all around
• Half-inch indents for each new paragraph
• Name and full contact information on the first page
• Name, manuscript title and page number on subsequent pages