How To Write A Letter To The Editor

Tips

1. Make it relevant. The best letters are those that are in response to an article that ran in the paper or about something you think is current and important that the paper hasn't covered - or you'd like to see covered in a different way.  
  
2. Follow the paper’s directions. Information on how and to whom to submit a letter-to-the-editor is usually found right on the letters page in your paper or on the paper's website. This often includes guidelines on what the paper looks for in LTEs.  Follow these guidelines to increase the likelihood that your letter will be printed. If you can’t find the information you need, call the paper and ask how to go about submitting a letter.  
 
3. Share your expertise. If you have relevant qualifications to the topic you're addressing (including playing Vermontivate!) be sure to include that in your letter. 
 
4. Keep your letter short, focused, and interesting. In general, letters should be under 200 words, and get to the main point in the first two sentences. Include interesting facts, relevant personal experience, and any local connections to the issue. 
 
5. Write the letter in your own words. Editors want letters in their papers to be original and from a reader. Be sure that you take the time to write the letter in your own words. 
 
6. Make a call to action. Tell the readers why what you're talking about is important and give them clear actions they can take (like playing Vermontivate!). 
 
7. Include your contact information. Be sure to include your name, address, and daytime phone number; the paper will contact you before printing your letter. 
 
And then of course, if it gets printed, be sure to share it with us!