When you submit your essay, poetry, or short story to a magazine or journal, your cover letter is usually the first thing an editor sees. As editor at 2 Elizabeths, I see a variety of cover letters every day; some are excellent, and others could stand to be improved. There are a few key pieces of information you want to include in your own cover letters, while keeping them short and sweet. In fact, a cover letter should only be a couple of paragraphs long, and no more than roughly — words. A little research will go a long way. And most often, this simple research is the step I see skipped.
How to Write a Poetry Cover Letter
Regular Submission Guidelines | Rattle: Poetry
How to write a cover letter for poetry submissions Pieces of more than one page must be numbered. Com and feedback, comments or questions to the Writing. Novel submissions play by a different set of rules, and there may be a slightly different etiquette in literary submissions and other genres. Mail your poetry, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope, to: Poetry Department. Please send a letter of introduction that concisely offers the key facts about your manuscript. Include short, print-ready, third-person biographies for both yourself and the author of the original work.
How to Write a Cover Letter for a Poetry Submission
When submitting a manuscript, a well-written cover letter can help your paper reach the next stage of the process being sent out for peer review. If you have a specific literary publication in mind, check the masthead or flip through the magazine to get a sense of what poetry they accept. Look up the editor. Read the submission guidelines. Draft a cover letter.
Ready to submit your poems for publication? Write a strong cover letter to introduce yourself and your work and give one more reason for editors to choose you. A cover letter is part and parcel of poetry submission as each poet needs an introduction and a few words of their bio and creative method.