Writing a letter to the editor is one of the most efficient ways of reaching large audiences. That audience includes local elected officials who keep tabs on what their constituents are worried about. Frequent letters about a certain topic will show that a significant number of people care about it.
How to get your Letter to the Editor published
- Be sure to use proper grammar and spelling.
- Have a friend proofread your letter to ensure it makes sense and to catch any typos.
- Avoid an angry or mean-spirited tone.
- Check the submission guidelines for the paper/publication to which you are submitting. Different publications may have different guidelines and rules.
- Keep your letter short and to the point. Letters to the editor should be about 250 words.
- All politics are local: Editors will be more interested in publishing your letter if you can tie your point into a timely local issue. Connect your letter to a specific article, op-ed, or topic recently covered by the newspaper.
- Don’t get discouraged: Smaller, local papers are more likely to publish your letter than large national publications.
- Include your contact information, including email address and phone number. It’s likely the publication will want to confirm your wrote the letter before printing it.