**Sub Call**

April 22, 2017

Spinetingler Magazine is currently accepting submission for our October 2017 fall issue. Refer to the submission guidelines page; follow standard formatting guidelines and email your submission with the word ‘submission’ in the subject line. Pay is $25 for short stories and $75 for short novellas.

Sandra Ruttan

Sandra Ruttan is the bestselling author of SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, HARVEST OF RUINS and The Nolan, Hart & Tain series. For more information, visit her website: http://sruttan.wordpress.com/

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10 Responses to **Sub Call**

  1. Barb Goffman on April 23, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Hi, Sandra. Is there a deadline?

  2. Sandra Ruttan on April 24, 2017 at 6:33 am

    No deadline, but I expect the issue to fill fast. I wouldn’t be surprised if I have to close submissions sometime in late May.

  3. Peter DiChellis on May 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Exciting news, Sandra!

    I do have a couple of quick formatting questions. Guidelines state: do not use a standard tab at the beginning of new paragraphs.

    1. Can you clarify whether you prefer no indentation at all (block format) or indentation using the WORD Paragraph Indent function (i.e. indent paragraphs, but not with the tab key)?

    2. Double spaced?

    Thank you!

  4. Sandra Ruttan on May 3, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Generally speaking, the William Shun formatting guidelines are perfect. http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html I’m trying to update the submission guidelines page, but the link doesn’t seem to be working properly. I’ve tried to clarify on the page. Standard margins, double spaced, no hard returns at the end of each line (at the end of paragraphs only). Indents at the start of a new paragraph are fine.

  5. Peter DiChellis on May 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Outstanding, thank you for such a quick reply!

  6. Danielle DeLisle on May 7, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Submitted and very excited for this issue!

  7. Joachim Heijndermans on May 9, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Sandra,

    I had a question about your guidelines regarding hard returns. I have a story I wish to submit to Spinetingeler, which includes lines of dialogue, some short due to a character being cut off mid-sentence. Your guidelines state: no hard return after sentences of lines, only paragraphs. Should I use soft returns after these sentences conclude? Or no returns at all? Do you perhaps have an example of how you would like the formatting to look? I’m so used to the Shunn formatting I’m a bit confused by what you’re asking for.

    Thank you for your time.


  8. Sandra Ruttan on May 10, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I’ve tried to clarify this in the guidelines.

    A single line of dialogue is a paragraph. In the past, I’ve received submissions where the writer put a hard return every time they reached the right edge of the page, whether it was in the middle of a sentence or paragraph.

    If people follow the William Shun guidelines, they’ll have no issue. I believe the website formatting issues led to the request for an extra line between paragraphs, but it isn’t crucial. However, I will automatically reject a story that has hard returns within paragraphs, because it takes too much time to edit and reformat.

  9. Sandra Ruttan on May 10, 2017 at 9:19 am


    If in the second paragraph of the above comment there was a hard return after ‘past,’ that would be a problem. The hard returns should only be after guidelines, paragraph and reformat.

  10. Joachim Heijndermans on May 10, 2017 at 10:11 am


    Thank you for your quick response. It cleared up a lot for me.


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