How to Write a Cover Letter to Submit Your Work

Do not tell the reader anything about you

except facts and then, Title of Your Submission

and do not use a weird title either such as Moby Dick. Stick to

what people want to hear.  Word Count Exactly.

Your address and whether or not

this is a multiple submission and other relevant information.

Where else have you published?  Do you have

an MFA?  That’s all they care about.

Do not be personal or funny.  Many editors

do not have a sense of humor (and why should they.

Editing isn’t funny except for typos) and they don’t want to know

about you so don’t insist.  Editors especially dislike

stories about relatives.  They do not want to know

your Aunt Blanche wore only  blue clothing powder blue only drove

a blue car too because that was the color of her eyes.

Stick to the facts.  Adjectives and adverbs. No. Clever salutations.

No.  Keep to the Facts.  And when you’re at the bottom of the page,

just say goodbye.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

6 Comments

  1. *like.
    a random thought: could there be many more typos and spelling mistakeds – just like it comes off the keyboard?

    1. on second thoughts maybe this is just the right amount. i just know that at times when i’m feeling blocked, if i stop editing, i can write screeds of stuff…

  2. A misspelled word can b a glorious thing calling 4 a moment of pause 4 delight andy ‘what was I thinking you twisted beautiful— being me.’ Not an editor oar publisher oar published i would love 2 heer mor of Aunt Blanch and her Powder Blue Werld. i thought my eyes were brown because i lived in the Little Guyana of Queens for years. How did I know they were still blue. I couldnt see ’em. Ur delightful, Esther. Love, Linus

  3. What type of tile should I use, from the kitchen, or one of those very colorful old Tel Aviv pre-state tiles for “Tile of Your Submission”?

    As for “and do not use a weird title either such as Moby Dick”, I was actually thinking of Biggus Dickus as a good title, but the Monty Python gang got there first.

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