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Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 2,225 editors.

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

A: Yes, we do care about cover letters. No, listing previous publications have no effect on our reading process but it is nice to have a little description of what goes into the work being submitted and why you are choosing Rejected Lit as a place to submit to.

A: While we do not need or expect cover letters, an introductory body in the submission email is highly appreciated. My recommendation is to introduce yourself, where you're from and your literary background. You do not need to have previous publications to be published by us, but if you have them, please provide a short list. Most importantly: introduce your submission in the email, provide the word count, and describe it in a sentence. Describe it so we understand how you see your submission fitting in with our magazine.

A: Anyone who submits work to the journal can reveal as much or as little about themselves as they’d like. Some submit cover letters, others don’t; both are perfectly acceptable as long as all of the submission guidelines are followed. A person’s background, location, publication history, and other details have no influence over a publication decision. My curiosity does, however, enjoy when people share what compelled them to submit to the journal. That information can sometimes reveal what motivates them as a writer or artist, which I find interesting on a human level. But again, that has no bearing on a publication verdict.

A: It doesn't matter to us whether someone's been published ten or a hundred times. All that matters is that the story/poem/comic is good. We appreciate a cover letter since it lets us get to know our prospective artists better, but it's really not necessary.

A: It really doesn't matter to me if the writer is established or new. I do like if people tell me their name!

Lynn Mundell, Founder, Editor of Centaur, 02 May 2024

A: We enjoy cover letters, but only ask for a short bio and headshot. A list of publication credits isn't necessary.

A: Cover letters can be helpful! But are definitely not necessary. Previous pub credits are a plus.

A: I need your email and confirmation that you're a woman.

A: In our publications, we include a short biography along with each story. It is important the author provides this on submission. Beyond that, if there is a personal reason why you are specifically submitting to us, we'd love to hear it.

A: We ask contributors for a brief (under 100 words) 3rd-person bio note.

A: Not really. We like a few words about what the author has written to date.

A: No, we appreciate succinct letters with a small explanation about the tone / ethos of the work.