Writing

How to Write a Cover Letter for a Poetry Submission

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 • 5 min read

If you have a collection of poems that you’d like to share with the public, the natural course of action is to submit it to literary magazines or poetry publishing houses. Most poetry publications allow writers of all levels to submit poetry, provided that the writers abide by the submission guidelines.

The specific submission process will vary among publishing companies, but in nearly all cases, you’ll want to preface your submission with a cover letter addressed to the publisher’s poetry editor. A strong cover letter may be the difference between being considered and ending up in the slush pile, so it’s important to know what you’re doing.