How to Write a Letter to the Editor

The Lutheran Witness receives a steady supply of letters from our readers. Although we can’t answer every letter personally, we read every one and appreciate receiving them.


Each month, we normally have space to publish only four or five letters, so the competition is tough. Still, letters from readers add vitality to a magazine, and often they offer readers a different perspective on a topic. Here are a few tips for writing a letter to the editor and getting it published.



  • Respond to a story that has been published recently in The Lutheran Witness. Be timely and focus on one topic. In your letter, include the story’s title and the month of publication.
     

  • Be brief. Make your point in no more than 150 words (shorter is better). The chances of a long letter with multiple points being published are slim.
     

  • Be your own editor. Pause a moment before you hit that “send” button (or seal the envelope). Review what you’ve written, not only for spelling and grammar, but also for context. Letters that do not deal with issues in a constructive manner serve no purpose in a Christian magazine.
     

  • Include your name, address, and telephone number. We do not publish letters without this information. If your letter is published, only your name and city of residence will be used. As with any publication, all letters to The Lutheran Witness are subject to editing for length, grammar, facts, and clarity. We do not publish open letters, form letters, unsigned letters, or letters signed with pseudonyms. Also, as a rule, we do not print letters from the same author in back-to-back issues or letters responding to letters previously printed.

Finally, the letters we print reflect the proportion of letters we receive on a topic or the comments we receive about an issue.


Send your letters to “Letters,” c/o The Lutheran Witness, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7295; or send them via e-mail to lutheran.witness@lcms.org.


We look forward to hearing from you.


—The Editors


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