Sunday, December 8, 2013

Should I Include a "Cover" Letter with My Submission?

Dear Poet,

As the publishing industry becomes more refined, we find that getting published with larger presses is almost like applying for a job. Since those writers applied for that "position", editors understand that they all have the capability of writing. But it doesn't always mean that those editors are certain to "hire" all "applicants" because they are good writers. They do it because those writers also know how to present their works in the best light. Those writers followed the submissions guidelines like their lives depended on it.

It's good to learn to stand out in a crowd of other poets. Sometimes submitting a "cover" or query letter is the best way to stand out. But we don't feel poets should do that with our press. We believe that a poet's work should stand for itself.

In fact, if you submit a "cover" or query letter, we can guarantee you that we won't read it. We prefer to dig into the poet's work without an appetizer, especially so with a newbie poet. Discovering the depths of a poet's manuscript with an undiluted perspective is how we work best.

In short, it is up to you if you wish to include a query letter, but it may be best for you not to include it with your submission. It won't be read and we'd hate for you to waste all that effort.