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Character Worksheets Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! To submit your latest short story, essay or poem, you’ll need a cover letter—which is much different from a query. Use these tips from inside a creative writing program to help your letter make the grade. I joined the staff of the university’s literary journal. Reading and evaluating fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction submitted by writers living across the country and beyond proved to be endlessly fascinating. I was eventually given an editorship. In fact, a great many literary journals, including some of the nation’s oldest and most revered, are affiliated with university writing programs.
Part of the mission of these journals is to give creative writing students a hands-on education in literary publishing. But you don’t need to be a student for your work to appear in one. You just need to make it through the submission process. Nobody based an editorial decision on whether an essayist’s website was getting millions of hits. The bad news is that editors are only human. And fairly or not, a poor cover letter on any submission casts a negative light on the writer before the editor even gets to the manuscript’s first page.
So what should a cover letter entail? From reading thousands of submissions over the past decade, I’ve noticed that certain mistakes repeatedly crop up—and that your letter can stand out simply by avoiding these common errors. Did you know that it takes 28 folds to make the perfect swan? 3 It is a fictionalized account of a boy named Sammy who meets a mysterious old woman who has never before shared her origami secret.
It is a story about the importance of friendship, sad but ultimately redemptive, with a cast of unforgettable characters. I was born in Norway but raised in Missouri. 7 I have worked as an emergency room technician, safari guide, Model T refurbisher, bounty hunter, hand model, ferry captain, lighthouse keeper, ninja and tympanist. I am an unpublished fiction writer9 but am hopeful that you’ll select this story for the Pirate’s Booty Review.
Is the editor’s name Fred or Sandra? The writer has probably sent this letter to several journals and hasn’t changed the name in all the necessary places. Save that for the work itself. I see this error all the time. I think it’s reasonable for an editor to be suspicious of a writer who doesn’t know the rules of punctuation.
The period always goes inside the quotation marks. Be vigilant about your grammar, always. This advice might surprise writers who’ve worked hard summarizing their novels in queries to agents and editors—but, again, a cover letter isn’t a query, and the convention with literary journals is not to summarize the work in the cover letter. Let your submission speak for itself.