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Tips for Writing a Letter to the Editor

Tips for Writing a Letter to the Editor

  • Be brief: Keep the letter short and to the point. A good rule is to keep them under 200 words. Be sure to check any specific requirements for the newspaper where you are submitting your letter. 
  • Include contact information: Many papers will not print letters if contact information is not included. 
  • Be timely: Respond to a piece that has been printed in a timely manner -- within a week if possible. 
  • Read: Read other examples of letters that have been published to give you an idea of length and style. 
  • Be creative: New viewpoints and ideas are more likely to be printed than repeating what has already been said on a topic. 
  • Be factual: Use current and correct facts and statistics. However, don't overload reader with too many. Use the most important one/s available. 
  • Be on point: Try to stay focused on one main idea or thought.  

Below are emails and links to forms where you can submit your letter to the editor for newspapers across the country. If your local paper is not listed check the opinion section of their paper or Web site.

Boston Globe: or by Online Submission Form:

New York Times:

Washington Post:

Los Angeles Times: or by Online Submission Form:,0,5759779.customform

Chicago Tribune:

Miami Herald:

San Francisco Chronicle: Online Submission Form:

Des Moines Register: or by Online Submission Form:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Dallas Morning News: Online Submission Form:

Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Plain Dealer: Online Submission Form:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Online Submission Form: