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Finally, something sane about cover letters

October 21st, 2013

Sarah Martin Banse at Ploughshares offers this intelligent and balanced piece about writing cover letters for literary material. Personally, I’ve always disliked the long cover letter, and I don’t write them for my own work. Instead, I prefer a businesslike format, and Banse argues for something similar. After all, a letter’s content is seldom as rich and compelling as the writing in the piece itself, and the only thing editors really needs to know is why reading the attached will be a good use of their time.


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