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Read all the editors' answers to Duotrope's interview question: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you? Learn more.
Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 1,925 editors.
Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?
A: We would like to know your name, what country you are submitting from, and your social or website links - with your work. If you are submitting for a feature - then we would love to have more and that is also included in the submission email response.
A: You don't have to say very much at all, I'm mostly interested in the poems, however don't leave the email blank - that comes across as rude. The example below is perfect:
Please find some unpublished poems attached with a short bio,
Whoever you are
A: We love getting to know our authors and who they are. They mostly make us happy to read your submission. Although, we don't take past publications or past awards into consideration. What matters to us is this story strong enough and the right fit for this issue of Chaotic Merge.
A: we love a friendly hello. the best cover letters provide a glimpse at the author, what makes them tick, and their geographical location. we certainly don't expect a full autobiography but it is nice to know something about the person behind the submission. we are not fussed about publication credits, and while we don't mind if you share a few, they won't have any bearing on your submission outcome.
A: We ask authors to send us a cover letter with a bio and any links to their social media. We don't necessarily care if you've been published before, although we do aim to publish the best up-and-coming authors in SFF today.
A: Cover letters are fine but I choose work that speaks to me.
A: Nothing. If you submit a cover letter, I do not look at it. I don't even look at bios until I am done reading. We don't ask for cover letters because we are not interested in MFAs or previous publications. We are only interested in the quality of the work you've sent us.
A: We mostly want to know about the pieces(s) they have submitted. Not having any previous publication credits is not a deterrent for us accepting a submission. In fact, we welcome new creators.
A: We want to know if they are up for being active on social media - especially writing a blog. Previous publication credits are less relevant than the ability to actively participate in promotion and collaborate with your fellow MX authors.
A: As much as we love to know about our contributors, entries are judged objectively by the editors who receive them. After the deadline, all entries are sent to our editors anonymously. They read, select the best and forward them to the Editor-in-chief. Previous publications in magazines serve as an exciting prospect to us, but they do not affect our negotiation with the quality and creativity of the pieces.
A: The manuscript tells us everything we need to know.