To write a letter to the editor, choose a topic and publication, review the guidelines, start with a proper heading, and keep the letter short and focused. Proofread your letter, and submit it via email.
- Pick a topic and publication
Before writing a letter to the editor, select a publication to read. Choose the topic you wish to address.
- Review the guidelines
Most publications publish their guidelines within the first few pages. Familiarize yourself with the guidelines, such as the word-count limit.
- Compose a proper heading
Compose a proper heading to include your name, address, phone number, email address and the date.
- Address the topic
If you are addressing a specific article or prior letter, immediately state it. Be short and to the point. Limit your letter to two to three paragraphs.
- Proofread the letter
Proofread the letter to ensure proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. If you are not satisfied with your first draft upon proofreading it, write another draft. Keep doing so until you are completely happy with the finished product.
- Submit the letter
Submit the finished letter via email. This allows the editor the option to copy and paste your letter as opposed to retyping it from a snail-mail delivery.