Formatting your piece in the template

Using Styles in the Template

Google Doc FormattingTo submit your piece to the managing editor, you will need to place it into the emerge 17 Google Doc. The Managing Editor will email you the link to your copy.

After you have placed your piece into the template, you will need to  apply the appropriate styles to format your piece. We use the following styles in emerge:

“Normal text”– Header-Author Name
“Heading 1”– Author’s Name
“Heading 2”– Title of Piece
“Heading 3”– an excerpt
“Heading 4”– FIRST paragraph
“Heading 5”– BODY paragraphs

The image on the right shows the styles used, and to which content they apply.

The “an excerpt” section

The “an excerpt” section is there for the author to give the reader extra information about the piece. For example, you can write “written on a beach in Borneo”, or “based on As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner”, or “an excerpt from …”

“An excerpt” is needed if you would like to inform the reader that this piece is a section from of a larger work. Similarly, if you condensed your piece, then you can write “a condensed version” on line 7.

Removing the “an excerpt” line

If you’re looking for a little extra room for your piece, you can delete the “an excerpt” text from the template. If your piece needs no introduction, as described above, then feel free to delete it.

If any of this is unclear, please ask your question in the comment box below.

Paragraphs and Section Breaks

First Paragraphs

The first paragraph uses the style “Heading 4”, and is always flush left.

Body Paragraphs

Paragraphs following the first paragraph have an indent, but there are no extra line spaces between them. These paragraphs use the style “Heading 5”.

Section Breaks

When there is a change of scene, perspective, or time in a piece, you can add an extra line space between it and the previous paragraph. Add three periods (…) in this extra line between sections. The FIRST paragraph of the new section will have the “Heading 4” style applied to it. See the image above for an example.

Space after a Period

At the end of a sentence, there is only one space after a period. DO NOT ADD two spaces after a period, as the print designer will have to remove them.


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