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Humboldt Lycanthrope from California is reading Sing, Unburied, Sing December 11, 2015 - 11:16am

Most places that use Submitable say that the cover letter is entirely optional, so I usually always include my contact information with the manuscript. However, the other day I was going to submit a piece and in the instructions it said that the only place for contact information is in the cover letter section, and that any manuscript that includes contact information will not be considered. 

Have I been fucking up by including my contact information with my manuscript?

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like December 11, 2015 - 11:43am

Some journals only read anonymous submissions, therefore they would not consider a manuscript which includes contact info. Whether or not you're right to put contact info here or there would vary.

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Humboldt Lycanthrope from California is reading Sing, Unburied, Sing December 11, 2015 - 2:25pm

Hi, Jyh,

I've entered several contests and seen a few literary journals that say they want anonymity but this one was different. It wasn't about anonymity at all but so the editor had less to look at. I can't remember what journal it was, I looked around and now I can't find it. When I do I'll post a link to show you what I mean.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like December 11, 2015 - 3:39pm

"So the editor had less to look at"? Seems odd. It's a cover page. You can flip right past it, no matter how many letters are on it.

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DrWood from Milwaukee, WI, living in Louisiana is reading A different book every 2-5 days. Currently Infinite Jest December 11, 2015 - 8:43pm

Standard manuscript format for short stories includes your contact information on the first page. So, I do that unless the market has specified other format.

 

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Humboldt Lycanthrope from California is reading Sing, Unburied, Sing December 15, 2015 - 9:30pm

Thanks guys. I think the same. Guess I will keep on keeping on the way I do, unless instructed other wise.

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Jake Leroy from Kansas City is reading Jesus' Son, by Denis Johnson, and Hot Water Music, by Charles Bukowski December 18, 2015 - 1:39pm

I agree, you can include it unless the guidelines say otherwise, but YOU MUST READ THE GUIDELINES. Many markets will tell you that they read blind, and your piece might be automatically rejected if you don't follow their guidelines to a "t." In the very least, it will appear that you have poor comprehension or just didn't care, two things not generally considered in your favor.