How to write a cover letter for a short story

Some publishers usually require a cover letter to accompany each text.

However, make sure what you send to the publisher is in accordance with what the editor asks.

Not complying with the script submission guidelines will cause our short stories to be automatically rejected.

Some editors do not require sending a cover letter in every short story text.

However, it is better when the editor asks for a cover letter.

But, you firstly have to know about how to write a cover letter for a short story.

Usually, in sending a short letter to the publisher’s editor, a cover letter is a short letter containing one to three short paragraphs and is often clamped on the front page of the manuscript.

If we send our short story text via email, a cover letter is placed before filling in the main part of the email.

These tips below are gonna be so fun.

Tips on how to write a cover letter for a short story

1. Make a short introduction to your letter, do not overbeat.

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If we send a cover letter by mail or e-mail, the cover letter must be single and separate, written in the standard block format or semi-block, double spacing between paragraphs, and when typed, type in plain white paper using the font Times New Roman font size 12 colored black.

It must include important and actual information so that there is no irrelevant information.

A very long curriculum vitae including education, work experience, and achievement does not need to be included.

Don’t give detailed descriptions of the short stories we send.

2. Make sure the sender and recipient’s address must be clear.

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The editor’s name is usually listed in the publication submission guidelines.

If you don’t find the name of the editor, then we can search the list of editors at a publisher.

Usually, we find the name of the editor that we can consider male or female.

Note this important tips on how to write a cover letter for a short story.

If you are unsure about this, consider using an editor’s full name like “Dear John Snow”, or “Dear Editor Snow,”.

Or with initials, for example, “Dear J. B. Stone” or “Dear Editor Stone,” must be appropriate.

Don’t use the editor’s first name, unless the editor allows it or has used your first name first.

3. Don’t tell about the failure of our short stories that some editors rejected earlier or our short stories were not published or published.

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Unless the editor wants to know our publishing status, we can tell a short story (cerpen).

There are some editors who don’t mind why our short stories fail to publish.

Some editors want to know the reason for and evaluation of what we tell about it.

4. Professional in making and compiling short stories of your own.

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Don’t include funny comments or statements that reduce the value of our writing.

In the short stories we make, avoid self-deprecating statements.

Double-check the writing, spelling, grammar, sentence formats in our short stories.

Because if there is bad grammar, the editor will judge us to be less professional.

Below is an example of a cover letter:

Your Name
Your Address
Your Telephone Number
Your Email Address


Editor’s Name
Publication’s Title
Publication’s Address

Dear [Editor’s Name]:
Please consider my 2,500-word script, which was not previously published, “Your Story Title,” for publication in Any Title Magazine. No need to return a script if my story doesn’t interest you.
Thank you for your time and consideration.



(Your Name)


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