How to Write Letters to the Editor


Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper can be a very effective way to influence public opinion and get the attention oflegislators who are making decisions affecting your family. Most of the letters sent in are published and in many cases, inspire other letters that can generate a lively public discussion on an issue.

Writing the Letter

Many people would like to write a letter to the editor of their local paper, but for some, the idea seems intimidating. Writing a letter to the editor is actually very easy. You can write about relevant state or local issues or you might want to respond to a recent article or published letter. Typically, your letter will have a better chance at being published if you reference a previous story or letter with which you may have agreed or disagreed. This isn't always the case, however.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind:

1. Letters should be between 100-150 words maximum.

2. Do not be hateful or overly aggressive. Creative sarcasm and wit is acceptable.

3. When writing a fact-based article, use facts.

4. Spell check.

5. Always begin your letter…"Dear Editor, …"

6. Include your first and last name, address and phone number. At the very most, your name and city will be published. The rest of the  information is for their use only.

Submitting the Letter

Below we have provided a list of Alaskan newspapers. We suggest that you write a letter to your local newspaper and maybe another to the Anchorage Daily News as it has by far the widest circulation. Select a newspaper below you’d like to submit a letter to and you'll be taken to its Letter to the Editor page or to its main page (links open in a new window). Every newspaper has unique guidelines that should be followed to ensure your letter will be considered. Please follow them carefully. Thank you again for your willingness to become involved in our vital effort to strengthen and protect Alaskan families. Please call or email our offices at any time with questions or concerns.

Anchorage Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage Anchorage Press
Bethel Delta Discovery
Eagle River Alaska Star
Fairbanks Fairbanks Daily News Miner
Homer Homer News
Juneau Juneau Empire
Kenai/Soldotna Peninsula Clarion
Ketchikan Ketchikan Daily News
Kodiak Kodiak Daily Mirror
Nome Nome Nugget
Petersburg Petersburg Pilot
Valdez Valdez Star
Wasilla Frontiersman


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  • Jack Abd Allah
    commented 2013-12-30 22:28:39 -0900
    Thank you
  • Karen Vanreenan
    commented 2013-11-09 19:53:41 -0900
    Write a letter to the editor