Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for The Goose

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to The Goose.

This document applies to all submissions except book reviews. For book review guidelines, please visit our page for Book Review Guidelines for The Goose.


  • The Goose accepts submissions in English and in French.
  • Use the following fonts:
    • Main Body: 12 pt. Calibri.
    • Footnotes (used sparingly, if at all): 10 pt. Calibri.
  • Use current MLA (Modern Language Association) format for citations.
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
  • All margins (left, right, top, and bottom) should be 1 inch, including for figures and tables. Page size should be 8.5 x 11 inches.
  • Double space your text.
  • Include a short author’s bio at the end of the document (after the Works Cited entries, if any). The author’s bio should begin with your name in bold and all caps.
  • Copyedit your manuscript.
  • Submit your manuscript in Microsoft Word or RTF format. Embed any images, tables, and appendices into the submitted document as a single file. Do not send images as separate files unless requested by an editor.

Specific Guidelines

Article Length

Because this journal publishes electronically, page limits are not as relevant as they are in the world of print publications. We are happy, therefore, to let authors take advantage of this greater “bandwidth” to include material that they might otherwise have to cut for print publication. This said, authors should exercise some discretion with respect to length.

    Recommended maximum word counts:
  • Articles (scholarly or literary): 2,500-3,000 words.
  • Short fiction or nonfiction: 2,500-3,000 words.
  • Visual art (if your art submission includes an essay): 2,500 to 3,000 words.
  • Poetry: three to four poems.

Foreign terms

Whenever possible, foreign terms should be set in italics.


Titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics.


Footnotes should be used sparingly, if at all. Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the document. Footnotes should be in 10 pt. Calibri, they should be single spaced, and there should be a footnote separator rule (line). Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation.

Figures and Tables

To the extent possible, figures and tables should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be placed on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1-inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left, and right) in both portrait and landscape view.

References and Citations

Citations should follow current MLA bibliographic format. For details on MLA formatting, visit https://library.wlu.ca/help/activity/citing-sources/styles#libcontent-mla.