This is the tale of a wannabe writer, a editor and the internet.
Once upon a time the writer sent her best story off to her favourite magazine. It was a really good story, and the editor liked it so much she decided to buy it. Unfortunately, the cover sheet had become detached from the story, and the editor couldn't find any way of contacting the writer.
The editor decided to spread the word, and see if the power of the internet could track down the elusive writer. The internet was only too glad to help, and within hours had found someone who knew the writer, and was able to put the writer and editor in touch with each other.
They were all very happy and celebrated with some Chardonnay (at least, the internet did...) and they all lived happily ever after.
Lesson to be learned from this story - put contact details on every page of every submission!
Personally I put full contact details on both the cover sheet and covering letter or email, and I put my email address in the footer of every page of the story. I've had an editor contact me by post because my postal address was all she could find. Not all editors would bother - there are plenty more stories in the pipeline and you can't blame them for taking the easier option of just choosing another story.
But I'm delighted to have been able to help the lovely editor get in contact with the writer - it was the writer's first sale and she's reportedly over the moon. And rightly so!