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How To Create A PDF

PDFs are the perfect file to use for competition submissions as they're easy for us to work with and read, and make sure to keep your work looking exactly as intended. And you'll be glad to know they're very simple to create, too.


Creating a PDF using Microsoft Word

(Or Open Office/Libre Office/Google Docs/Mac Pages/Scrivener/Etc)

  1. With your submission open in front of you, click 'file' at the top of the screen

  2. Select 'Save As/Export To' or whichever option is displayed

  3. You should see a dropdown box to change the type of file. It may show '.docx' or '.rtf' as the default. Click this, and change to PDF.

  4. Choose a location to save to that's easy to find (like your documents or your desktop), and hit save.

  5. When you're ready to submit via the Grindstone dashboard, simply find this new PDF file and upload it


Creating using an Online Converter with a Word File

  1. Go to a site like ilovepdf.com or smallpdf.com

  2. Click the appropriate option to create a PDF

  3. Find your submission and upload it

  4. Hit convert, and then use this converted file when submitting to Grindstone


Thank you for choosing Grindstone! If you need any more help, get in touch with us at admin@grindstoneliterary.com and we'll be glad to help.



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