Letters to the Editor: Tips and Contacts

Letter to the editor tips:

  • Keep it short and simple
    Many newspapers only print letters less than 250 words!  If you go over the limit, your letter won’t be published.
  • Refrain from attacks
    Stick to the facts, avoid attacks, and steer clear of jokes!  Tell your story.
  • Create a personal story
    Avoid dry facts!  Connect your reader with a personal story that connects to the issue.
  • Please include all of your contact information
    To ensure letters are genuine, newspapers often verify!  Include your full name, town, phone number, and title if it relates to the subject matter.

Regional Publications

All letters are subject to editing.

Alaska Dispatch News: letters@alaskadispatch.com
175 word limit

Seattle Times: opinion@seattletimes.com
250 words limit.  Please include the topic or headline and date of the article, editorial or opinion piece to which your letter refers.

Oregonian: letters@oregonian.com
150 words limit. Please include your full address and daytime phone number, for verification only.

Register Guard: rgletters@registerguard.com
250 words limit.  Writers are limited to one letter per calendar month.  Letters must be signed with the writer’s full name.  An address and daytime telephone number are needed for verification purposes.

Eugene Weekly: letters@eugeneweekly.com

Bend Bulletin: bulletin@bendbulletin.com
250 words limit.  Must include the writer’s signature, phone number and address for verification.

Mail Tribune: Follow custom online form
200 words limit. All letters must be signed and a phone number included for confirmation.

Statesman Journal: Follow custom online form
200 words limit.

The Columbian: Follow custom online form
200 words limit.  Allow 30 days between submissions. Include name, address and daytime phone number for verification.

National Publications

All letters are subject to editing.

New York Times: letters@nytimes.com
150 words limit.  Must refer to an article that has appeared within the last seven days, and must include the writer’s address and phone numbers. No attachments, please.

Washington Post: letters@washpost.com
200 words limit. Must take as their starting point an article or other item appearing in The Post. They may not have been submitted to, posted to or published by any other media. They must include the writer’s full name — anonymous letters and letters written under pseudonyms will not be considered. For verification purposes, they must also include the writer’s home address, e-mail address and telephone numbers.

Los Angeles Times: Follow custom online form
150 words limit.

Chicago Sun-Times: Follow custom online form

San Francisco Chronicle: Follow custom online form
200 words limit.

Houston Chronicle: viewpoints@chron.com
Letters must include name, address, and telephone number for verification purposes only.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Inquirer.Letters@phillynews.com
200 words limit. The writer’s name, e-mail address, home address, and day and evening phone numbers should be included for verification purposes.

Boston Globe: letter@globe.com
200 words limit. The writer’s full name, address, and phone numbers should be included for confirmation purposes.