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  • Writer's pictureParis LeClaire

Guide to Writing a Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter for submission is, at first glance, a waste of time, maybe even added stress. But in reality the point of a cover letter is not to make your life any harder. For the editors receiving your writing, a cover letter is a great way to gauge who you are and how important your writing is to you.

Of course, there is a rhythm to writing a cover letter. It's important that your message includes your name, a brief background, something about your writing, and an ending. As if that's not simple enough, you'll find hundreds of cover letter formulas on the internet, including one right here, that will serve your needs just fine. Although, for us, it's not in the least important how well-written your message is, I'd be lying if I said I don't hope for a little creative spark in those we receive. 

Here's an example of a format I find desirable in a cover letter, free for the taking:

Dear Editors,

My name  is  Jane Doe. I'd like you to consider my 3,498-word short fiction piece entitled "Insert Title Here."  I'm a sixteen-year-old sophomore from East Kentucky and I've been writing stories and essays tirelessly both for my own satisfaction and for the advocacy program at my school. I hope I can make a difference here as well.

In "Insert Title Here," I pulled some truths from my own life and what I have read about the lives of others. (Try not to come in too heavy with plot details, and try not to tell the editors "what to think.")

Thank you kindly for your consideration. 

Best regards,

Jane Doe

*Replace the necessary items with your information.

 This isn't perfect. There is no one way to write a cover letter, so it's vital that you hit on what is absolutely essential. And, of course, this may sound trite, but be yourself: try to let the editors know you. Additionally, be sure to include if you're submitting simultaneously, and, for our journal, be sure to include any relevant content warnings (CWs). 

​Best of luck!

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