A 1,000-word essay is equal to anywhere from two to four standard letter-size pages, depending on the typeface used, the size of the margins and the amount of line spacing. A page that uses a 1-inch margin, 12-point Times New Roman font would equal roughly 500 words if single spaced and 250 words if double spaced.
Howard Community College recommends that teachers handing out assignments require a minimum word count rather than the number of pages the paper must be since there are so many variables that come into play. They should also specify whether the title, references and other information should be included in the final count. Most word processors have an automatic word-count function to make the process simple.