emerge is a small book (trade paperback) and five pages’ worth of writing in emerge will be much less text than you would be able to fit onto five 8.5 x 11” pages.
Each writer is allowed a maximum of 5 pages in the emerge anthology. The template is formatted as single-spaced.
This roughly equals : 1450 words for prose or 150 lines for poetry (mileage may vary)
Dialogue and Section Breaks
Since dialogue takes up more space on the page, pieces that have plenty of dialogue will have lower word counts than pieces with minimal dialogue. Similarly, section breaks in a piece will reduce total word count.
How will I know if my piece is too long?
Placing your piece into the emerge_submission_template, will show you if your submission exceeds that page limit.