So, you're trying to make me crazy right?
Is there any other reason you wouldn't double space your manuscript? I can see you in your Secret Writing Lair, logged in to the Secret Author Cabal online forum hatching up this plan of Agent Doom.
In fact, I googled, and there's a picture of it:
If it had been one or two of you, I would have chalked it up to novices, and thought no more about it.
It's more than 10% of you. And that's a lot when you're talking 400+ entries.***
Manuscripts are ALWAYS double spaced. The ONLY exception is if there is an instruction saying to NOT double space. Double spaced is the default. The standard. The norm.
Right now, I'm doubling down on the scotch as I reformat.
And the next contest? I'm going to make you run a qualifying heat in formatting before you get to enter. It's AMAZING some of the whackadoodle things you guys do in manuscripts.
***There are no disqualifications for format foolishness. Don't fret.