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Why do literary magazines insist on cover letters?

You're only half right. You seem to have forgotten these people are in business to make money by selling works, so the cover letter does two things for them that have nothing to do with your story in ...
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Should I list upcoming publications in a short story cover letter?

It's absolutely fine, and quite correct! It gives the editor very helpful information -- namely, that two different venues have decided to publish your work (and, which, which can sometimes be a ...
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After submitting a "complete" manuscript, what role does the author take?

This will vary by publisher, but you can expect some or all of this to happen: they will give you their word template (or equivalent) so you can tag/style paragraphs and the like according to their ...
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Is it unprofessional to criticize competing works in a cover letter?

Keep it Affirmative: I think Amadeus is fairly solid in the advise they give. I would add that your presentation of your book should center on why your book is great. So if you do criticize other ...
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Is it unprofessional to criticize competing works in a cover letter?

In this case I don't think it is unprofessional; the reason most textbooks are written is in response to complaints about existing textbooks, being out of date, being incorrect or being politically ...
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How to refer to complex job titles in cover letters?

Do it exactly the same way the company does it. If you know what job to apply for, it's because you saw it in an ad, on their website, or in another listing. The hyphen and the slash are used ...
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How to make an email less "me" centric?

Maybe it helps if you just change your viewpoint. You probably have written the mail with the viewpoint “I want this job.” Instead, consider the viewpoint ”The company will need to refill that job, ...
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Preposition at the end of sentence

No, it is not wrong. However, in a cover letter, you should strive for clarity and maybe objectivity. You need to put yourself in the shoes of the person that is going to read that. What information ...
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How to write a good cover letter?

Speaking as both a professor and corporate division manager at different points in my life: Your cover letter is not your CV, and (as said by ItWasLikeThat) you should not try to cram your CV into it. ...
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Why do literary magazines insist on cover letters?

Asimov's is one of the best-known, most-respected magazines in the SF genre. Their volume of submissions is immense (I don't know precise numbers, but e.g. F&SF very recently got 192 submissions ...
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Why do literary magazines insist on cover letters?

I read submissions to a literary journal. I never look at the cover letters. They probably matter to the editors if the piece gets accepted, but not to us, the initial readers. Keep them brief. ...
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How to write a good cover letter?

It depends on the professor’s subject, show the professor how reliable you are for the internship - in your letter, be precise and relevant. To your own accedmics and activities, they might prove you ...
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How to write a good cover letter?

Academic results and extracurricular activities should be shown in your resume/CV or on an application form if provided. It would be worth considering whether the extracurricular activities are ...
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Opening of a cover letter

In business communication, as in most other communication, you want to be as concise as possible while still being effective. Your sentence "The reason for which I am writing..." with or without the "...
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When applying to Literary Agents do you attach the query letter or paste it into the body of the email?

Read the instructions to the letter: The ones I've seen are extremely picky and each one will give you very specific instructions how they want things. There is no one right answer, and I think it's a ...
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Which masthead editor to address a cover letter to for a short fiction submission?

If you are addressing a specific publisher, you probably have some idea of the kinds of books they put out. The quick and dirty way to find the person to address your submission to is to find a book ...
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What tool will help me track sentences and paragraphs in resumes and cover letters so I can use this database to tailor new ones?

Personally I use an Excel workbook; the individual spreadsheets hold certain thematically divided elements like opening sentences, skills, personal qualities, relevant experience, etc... Within those ...
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How to write a cover letter for The New Yorker fiction section?

Unfortunately, the magazine's website doesn't have anything useful to say. So one would imagine that standard cover letter advice would apply here. (I got some of this information from the links at ...
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