Day 148 – Cover Letters

My final critiques are not in yet. So as I wait (patiently), I looked up references on how to write a cover letter to literary journals and was pleased to find that pretty much all the websites in agreement that short and simple is best. I hate cover letters. HATE THEM. They always seem stilted and phony, first dinner at the in-laws polite. Plus, having worked at an academic journal and talked to a few people who work at literary journals, I know how seldom those cover letters are actually read. So what is the point?!? Why not let the work stand alone? I don't know either. However, I did find this site in particular helpful in explaining how to best construct a cover letter. Definitely check it out if you need help. 

In addition to writing practice cover letters and waiting (patiently), I gave Duotrope another once over. I looked at about 30 different journals that came up on my search focusing on journals are friendly to surrealist, dark humor and identified 8 I felt good about submitting to after reading their online samples. This took up most of my morning because I am not a fast reader and forgot to write down the ones halfway through the list and so had to go through them again.

Anyway, my spirits are high. Tomorrow, my final comments will hopefully be in and I'll be able to being the submission process. Another milestone. Hitting it feels damn good.

A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it. - Roald Dahl

Prompt:  Research and write a cover letter for a short story piece.

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