Newspaper editors are interested in the views of their readers. Yet, many of the letters that newspapers receive are not published: this is usually because they are too long or rambling.

Make your letter stand out

  • Peg your letter around a topical current affairs issue or refer to a subject on which the newspaper has written recently.
  • Start your letter 'Dear Sir/Madam' or 'Dear Editor'.
  • Keep your letters brief, less than 200 words.
  • After a very brief introduction, make distinct points, ideally in separate paragraphs.
  • Where possible, relate your points to your personal experience.
  • It is better to cover one or two points well than to gloss over multiple points.
  • Avoid being derogatory to those with opposing beliefs.
  • If possible, e-mail your letter in to the newspaper.
  • Include your full name, address and phone number at the end.

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