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Sample Short Bios for Literary Journals


If you're not sure what to write for the short bio in your cover letter to a literary journal -- perhaps because you don't have any publications yet -- these samples from published writers will get you started. (You may also read more about why editors ask for a short bio and what they expect to see.)

No Publications

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  • "A graduate of Loyola University, I currently teach English to high school seniors in New Orleans."
  • "I am a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and am currently earning an MFA in Fiction at NYU. A former professional dancer, I am working on a collection of short stories and a novel."
  • "I recently graduated from Villanova with an honors degree in English. At Villanova, I was the fiction editor of the campus literary magazine."
  • "I am a freelance writer based in the Chicago area."
And a particularly good one from The Journal's Contributors' Notes:
  • "Beth Kannell writes book reviews from and is co-owner of a book store in Saint Johnsbury, on the edge of the Northeast Kingdom, in Vermont."

One Publication

  • "I grew up in Boston and now live in Kansas. My work has appeared in Glimmer Train."
  • "A native of Colorado, my work has appeared in Cimarron Review."

Multiple Publications

  • "My fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, Shenandoah, and Ploughshares. I work as a nurse and live in St. Paul with my teenage daughter."
  • "I am a marketing professional and college instructor based in Boston. My work has appeared in Field, Colorado Review, and Zoetrope. In 2002, I received a residency at Soapstone and am currently working on a book of connected short stories."
  • “Bob Hicok feels there are too many spiders in Virginia.” (Another from The Journal.)

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