Write a Letter to the Editor Tips


Write letters to the editor

Letters to the editor of your local papers are great advocacy tools because they:

  • reach a large audience.
  • are often monitored by elected officials.
  • can bring up information not addressed in a news article.
  • create an impression of widespread support or opposition to an issue.


Letter to the Editor Guidelines:

  • Respond to a recent news story, column, editorial or op-ed piece.
  • When responding to an article, do so within 24 hours.
  • Make one argument and one argument only.
  • There is no idea that cannot be distilled into 75 words or less. Check guidelines for publication and read recent published letters – some outlets run only a sentence or two; others accept longer letters for online publication. Adhere to the standards of the specific paper.
  • Don’t use hyperbole or rhetoric to make your point.
  • Do not send letters as an e-mail attachment; send them in the body of an e-mail.
  • Include your name, phone and e-mail information. Send your letter from your (or your collaborator’s) e-mail account. Editors will need to reach you quickly if they want to run the letter (to confirm that you did indeed submit the letter). Also, put the name of the article in your subject line if it isn’t too lengthy.


To submit a letter to the Times Picayune keep it under 200 words and send to opedpage@timespicayune.com.

To submit a letter to The Advocate keep it under 450 words and send to support@theadvocate.com.

To submit a letter to the Clarion-Ledger keep it under 200 words and send it here.

If you get published, please let us know!


Angola Prision