Qustion of the Week

March 11, 2009 at 4:04 am

How do you write a cover letter and why do you use one?   quizzical-student-confused-106534

A cover letter is the letter you address to the editor and include with your  story, article, essay, or poem when you are mailing or emailing it for publication.  Your article, story, etc is your “submission” and the cover letter is included to introduce yourself and your work to the editor.

Use this template when submitting your story to an editor:

Editor Name

Market Name

Address Street

Address City, State  Zip

RE:  “Title of your story”

Dear “Editor”:  (make sure you have the correct spelling of the correct editor)

{First paragraph is where you compliment the editor on their magazine and tell them specifically what you like. If you haven’t read the magazine, don’t send your submission – do your homework first!}

I have been reading “Name of Magazine or Journal” for “number of years of months” and I especially enjoy(ed) (name a section you like to read or a particular story or article. Use the name of the story and the author.)

{Second paragraph: tell the title of your story and maybe a sentence or two on what it’s about. Tell the editor why you believe it should be published in their magazine!}

Attached is my story “title” for your consideration.  I think it would be a great fit for “Name of Magazine” or “Journal” because “give reason it is the perfect story for this magazine and its readers!)

{Final paragraph is your closing. Remember to be POLITE and PROFESSIONAL}

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

{Make sure to sign your full name and a way for the editor to reach you!}

“Your Name”

“your email”

“your home address”

**NEVER give out your social security number unless you receive a contract and then have your parents look it over first!

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