If you’re preparing to send your short stories or poetry out into the literary magazine world and the like, you may read their submission guidelines. Some of them may ask for a cover letter. The cover letter is very different from the query. What I’ve read is that the query is best suited for your novel submissions, so it has an excuse to be long. However the opposite is true for your cover letter. From the research I’ve gathered, it’s best to keep it short and sweet.
Here are a few websites I found that should help with putting your cover letter together:
Hope that helps you get started on your journey to publication. 🙂