When writing a letter to the editor or an op-ed, check out the “Opinion” or “About Us” pages on a newspaper’s website to view the submission guidelines. Letters to the editor are usually 100–200 words and should refer to a specific article. Op-eds are longer, typically around 750 words. Always keep your writing as brief as possible, and be sure to include your contact information when submitting.
To get your message across, focus on one main point and stay on topic. Be positive: “We can all choose delicious vegan options” will go over better than “We shouldn’t eat meat.” Use inclusive words like “we” and “our” to relate to your readers, and avoid using jargon they won’t understand.
If you’re an expert or have a special qualification, let them know. For example, you might say, “As a huge foodie,” “As a high school student,” or “As a veterinarian,” before making your point. Always conclude by letting readers know what they can do to help.
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Note: Please submit only published articles or letters that have resulted from your participation in oINK.