The basic format for a cover letter is as follows: Your Name Address Telephone Number Email Editors Name Editors Name Editors Title Name of Literary Magazine Address of the Literary Magazine Date Dear Editors, [Name of Literary Journal Submissions 101 By: Brian A. Klems August 30, 2011 To submit your latest short story, essay or poem, youll need a cover letterwhich is much different from a Most literary magazines request a cover letter along with your writing submission.
This is just way to introduce your work and introduce yourself. Its tone should be polite, professional and unassuming. How to Write a Cover Letter for a Literary Journal Submission Why you shouldnt try to stand out in your cover letter. As the publisher of Fiction Attic Press, which publishes flash fiction and essays by new and established writers, I receive a few dozen submissions each month, more if I put out a call for submissions.
Over the years, Ive Literary magazine cover letters are different from the query letters you would write to a consumer magazine in that your piece for a literary magazine is already complete.
But in some ways they are the same. To get into literary magazines, you need a cover letter, so Elise Holland lays out how to write the perfect cover letter for a literary magazine.
Submitting creative writing for publication is not that different from applying for a job. Here's how to format and write an author cover letter. Heres the good news: Its easy to write a cover letter for a literary magazine submission, and it shouldnt take you more than five minutes. In the lit mag world, a cover letter is a vehicle to convey necessary information to the editor, and thats all.