As a former literary magazine editor, I found this article contains great insider advice on what to and what NOT to include in cover letters to literary magazines when submitting. Best, Renee
When Joe and I first began to kick around ideas for the journal that would become Tahoma Literary Review, a concept we found ourselves returning to again and again was that of transparency. We wanted to foster an ethical, clear, and cooperative model of interaction with our contributors, from making our income statements public to giving detailed notes on our editorial preferences in our submissions guidelines. Lately, I’ve also been asking writers what they wish they knew about what goes on in the editorial side of the submissions process, and not a few people have asked about cover letters: what do editors get out of them, anyway? Do writers really need to provide them? In the interest of answering those questions, I’m devoting today’s blog to what I as an editor look for, care about, and want to see in a writer’s cover letter.
We can skim over the obvious benefits…
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