Few aspects of the poetry game are as
daunting as that pesky submission letter.
Should one make an effort to personalize
it? What information should I include or
leave out? Well, it just so happens that your
humble crow has been in correspondence
with various editors at The New Yorker,
The Atlantic and POETRY. Each publication
has its own preferences... I've taken the trouble
to gel together elements from their
suggestions thus producing the ideal
(A note on the text: due to my own limitations
with the format, I am not able to block out
the sheet and provide sufficient letterhead.
Obviously, the submission letter should be
on a 3 X 4 or so sheet of stationery. One's own
letterhead is of course a matter of taste.)
The Submission Letter to End All Submission Letters
(of yours being considered by an editor of verse)
Thank you for considering my poetry.
Due to my large number of submissions
lately, I am unable to pen a submission
letter to each individual publication. Given
my small staff (which is, as it turns out,
myself) and the numerous simultaneous
submissions of mine out there, no doubt
you'll understand. I can assure you that
I have personally affixed each stamp,
and that I have taken great pains to
workshop and revise each poem herein.
I thank you for your continued support.
The beauty of this format is that you can
take it to the local printer and run off a few
hundred. Should a new publication arise,
you needn't research the names or titles
of potential readers. An added benefit is
that this is most surely a professional
way to handle it. Starting your own publication
is a huge plus, as you can plug special
National Poetry Month subscription rates
to the reader.
As a consideration to the author, please
wait about six to eight weeks before
employing this SuperLetter. I have three
poems floating around using it.