From Donna Goodrich
DO use correct format—for prose double space, no extra line space between paragraphs, no justifying right margin, 1 space after period, 12 pt. New Times Roman or Courier (New Times Roman preferred). For poetry single space with line space between verses.
DON’T use borders or put submission in box.
DO include name, complete mailing address, phone, and e-mail address on submission— not just your blog or web site address. Make it easy for the editor to contact you.
DON’T clean out your files and send everything you have.
DO stick to the theme.
DON’T ask for an extension on the deadline, saying how busy you are.
DO include a suggested title, and capitalize only first letter of major words in title.
DON’T send in a manuscript longer than stated requirements, telling the editor they can cut it down if they want to use it.
DO keep bio sketch within the requested length. Write it in third person, and leave out adjectives such as “loving husband” or “beautiful grandchildren.”
DON’T tell the editor “feel free to edit.” If it needs it, they’ll do it. That’s their job.
DO omit underlines and bold; italicize sparingly any words you want to emphasize.
DON’T write a few days after the deadline, asking if editor has made a decision.
DO let the editor know if you change e-mail address or other contact information.
DON’T send your submission on Facebook.
Now, start writing and good luck!!