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 query. 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 Submitting your work for publication in literary journals is not that different from applying for a job.
You want to put your best, most professional foot forward. However, the important thing in literary submissions is the writing itself. 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.
Most literary magazines request a cover letter along with your writing submission. This is just way to introduce your work and introduce yourself. If youre looking for solid advice on how to write a strong journal submission cover letter that will convince editors to review your research paper, then look no further!
We know that cover letters can impact an editors decision to consider your research paper further. Novel submissions play by a different set of rules, and there may be a slightly different etiquette in literary submissions and other genres. But, if you write and submit science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories, the following essay is for you. Along with your work of fiction, your cover letter must be equally wellcrafted.
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 the pieces you have enclosed [This [