Write a Letter to the Editor

Publishing a letter to the editor is an easy and effective way to keep issues you care about in the news.

General Tips

  • Consider where you want to submit your letter and follow their guidelines
  • You can check the number of words and characters using Microsoft Word
  • Write about something that matters to you – passion is contagious
  • Try to approach the subject from an interesting angle
  • If possible, refer to a recent event or a recent article to make your letter feel more relevant
  • Don’t try to cover the entire topic in your letter; this is about your perspective
  • Shorter letters usually have a better chance of getting published
  • Your first line should grab the reader’s attention and make them want to learn more
  • State in simple terms what you’re writing about
  • Explain why this issue is important to you
  • Include evidence to support your point, if appropriate
  • Offer solutions of what could be done differently, if appropriate
  • Pay careful attention to your last line; you want it to leave an impression
  • Make sure to double-check your spelling and grammar
  • Avoid personal attacks and keep language G-rated
  • Ask a friend to read your letter to the editor before you submit it

Where and How to Submit Your Letter

The Chronicle Herald/ Saltwire Publications:


Select “Submit a letter to the editor” from the drop-down menu. The maximum length is 5,000 characters.

  • Saltwire
  • The Chronicle Herald
  • Cape Breton Post (Sydney, Nova Scotia)
  • Amherst News/Cumberland News Now
  • Annapolis Valley Register
  • South Shore Breaker (Bridgewater & South Shore, Nova Scotia)
  • The Casket (Antigonish, Nova Scotia)
  • The News (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia)
  • Truro News
  • Tri-County Vanguard (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia)

If you are interested in the opinion page of The Chronicle Herald, you could email the editorial page columnist Laurent Lepierres (llepierres@herald.ca)

The Coast

Submit your letter through their website or email it to letters@thecoast.ca. According to the editor, the length is flexible.

The Eastern Shore Cooperator

The Masthead News

The Masthead News is a community newspaper that covers “the St. Margaret’s Bay area of Nova Scotia including the communities and corridors of Chester, Tantallon, Hammonds Plains Road, the St. Margaret’s Bay Road (Hwy #3) to the edge of Bayers Lake in Halifax, and to Indian Harbour along Peggy’s Cove Road […] Total printed newspapers amount to approximately 18,000 copies each edition.” The Masthead News is printed once monthly.

Email your letter to the editor to themastheadnews@aol.com. Letters can be no longer than 450 words and shorter letters are encouraged.


Feel free to explore the letters to the editors published about Owls Head Park’s delisting thus far: http://saveowlshead.org/category/letters-to-the-editor/

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