Laura Smith


Sample Submission Cover Letter

Posted by lsmith335 on November 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Below is a sample of the cover letter that I sent to poetry journals with my poetry submissions. The parts underlined are the places where you  would fill in your own specific information. Journals like cover letters to be no more than one page long. If a jounal has a submissions manager on their website, I post this letter in the comments section of the letter. Also, be sure to adapt this letter according to any other specific information that a journal is looking for (author bio., personal information, titles of the pieces submitted, etc.). Feel free to use this template to create your own cover letter.  

Your Name

Mailing Address



To the Poetry Editor(s) of  ____________________ :


I am a poetry and fiction writer and a _____  graduate of _____________ University in ___________. Most of my writing time is spent working on ________________.


I have written __________(include any writing you have done for blogs, newspapers or any other professional writing here). I have also been published in __________________(include any journals where you have had any previously published work accepted).  


Enclosed are _____ poems for your consideration. I would like to acknowledge that I do plan on submitting these pieces to other publications and will notify you immediately if any are accepted elsewhere. Thank you for your time and consideration.




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