Writing a Letter to the Editor

"Free speech, exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free."  - Theodore Roosevelt

  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address. Editors typically confirm authenticity of a letter before publishing it. You can request to have your personal information withheld from the publication.
  • Keep your entry to two or three paragraphs. The average length for letters to the editor is 200-250 words. Be sure to conform to your paper's specifications for word length.
  • If you are responding to a previously published piece, cite the title and date it was published. This helps readers understand the context of your comments.
  • State your views clearly. If your letter is concise, it has a higher potential for being published.
  • Proofread your letter. Editors look for well-written, grammatically correct submissions.

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