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Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?

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A: Previous publication credits do not matter to us in terms of our decision to publish a poem. We've been the first publication of several writers! We like to know about who writers are as people, so feel free to send a cover letter letting us know about you.

A: Cover letter with geographical location, previous publications if any, bio, curriculum if any.

A: We do request a short biography (about 50-100 words) in your cover letter. Please feel free to include any previous publication credits with your submission--but know that our selections are made solely upon the quality of the content, not the status or reputation of the author.

A: We do care about cover letters, because we are trying to showcase emerging artists and writers as well as those from underrepresented communities. But we want to publish these contributors side-by-side with more established writers and artists, so we are also interested in publication and exhibit credits.

A: Personally, I like knowing whatever an artist or writer wants to tell me. I generally skip all of it, though and open the submission first, check formatting, skim over the opening lines. If I'm caught up in the narrative, I'll keep reading. If I like what I read, I go back and read up on the author. My practice is to read something three to four times before accepting or sending it to my editor team for review. By that time, some of them might already be familiar with it from their own readings. Sometimes if I'm on the fence, and the author has indicated they have won several awards or have a strong publication list, I'll throw it out to the team, without my comments to see what comes up. So, having and not needing is better than needing and not having.

A: Nope!! We love to publish established writers and artists, whether or not we've ever heard of them before. But we really really love to publish people who have collaged quietly in their basements once or for years and who may have not considered themselves to be an 'artist' before. We love experiments. We consider submissions of 'unprofessional' quality, which we recognize is normally due to a lack of access to expensive resources, including materials and formal arts education. We love a cover letter that feels more like a real letter, a little note, whenever anyone is so inclined.

Hannah Rego, Founding Co-Editor of ctrl + v, 07 October 2019

A: As a publication that judges blind, we don't immediately need to know anything about you. One of our goals was to create a magazine not driven by publication credits, but the quality of the work. We aren't interested in cover letters, but we do like a thoughtful, brief, bio to work with after we've accepted work.

A: The most important points about their writing. Hence the 50 word bio.

Gill James, editor-in-chief of CafeLit, 02 October 2019

A: Although it is wonderful to have publication credits (we are also proud to notate this), but we do not make our selections based on previous publications. In fact, we are extremely welcoming of all writers and visual artists and encourage them to submit. It is a great feeling to be published, and we are happy to make that dream a reality for all writers and visual artists.

K. China Myers, Senior Editor of Duende, 29 September 2019

A: We enjoy concise cover letters, but we don't require that writers or artists include one. What we care about is a strong story, essay, poem, or image.

A: Enough to know that the person licensing the rights to their work is actually in a position to be able to do so. We don't much regard previous publishing credits but that information can help us to be more hands on during the editing process since it allows us to see what genres you have written in and been sucessful in before.