Letters to the editor can be a powerful way to educate the community on important issues, particularly when sent as part of a strategic campaign. In most newspapers, the "Letter to the Editor" column is second in readership only to the front page.

General Tips

Below are a few general suggestions for writing effective letters to the editor.

Keep letters as brief as possible. A short letter, fewer than 200 words, is less likely to be edited and more likely to be read.

Always include your full name, address and daytime telephone number for confirmation purposes.

Submit your letter at least 3-5 days in advance of when you hope to have the letter appear. Be aware that most papers have a policy regarding frequency of submission, usually no more than one letter per month.

Letter to the Editor Submission Information

Below is a list of contact information for submitting a letter to the editor to some of the larger Pennsylvania newspapers.