How to Write Letters to the Editor

Most papers limit the length of LTEs to 150-250 words. You can usually find the guidelines and a submission portal or email address on the Opinion page of your local paper’s website. If you are feeling very motivated and have a lot to say, consider extending your letter into an op-ed, which has a more generous 600-700 word limit.

Common elements of successful LTEs:

  • Facts to build an argument
  • An emotional hook to pull the reader in
  • A call to action to those in power & our fellow citizens

See examples.

Letter to the Editor links for Texas dailies:

Austin American-Statesman

Edited letters typically address a single idea and do not exceed 150 words.

San Antonio Express-News

No hard word limit, but “shorter is better.” More details here:

Houston Chronicle

Max. 250 words.

Dallas Morning News

Max. 200 words

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Max. 200 words

El Paso Times

Max. 225 words

McAllen Monitor

Max. 300 words (very generous!)

Corpus Christi Caller-Times

No word limit stated

Waco Tribune-Herald

Max. 300 words

Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Max. 250-300 words