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Tips, Tricks and Terms for Letters to the Editor

We'd love to publish your letters. Read on for details.

Opinions, they're the spice of life.

OK, even if they don't merit "spice-of-life" status, they are important and we all have our fair share of them. Opinions play a role in shaping our decisions, beliefs, behaviors and actions, so why not share yours with Brookline Patch readers?

Patch is always open to publishing Letters to the Editor, and with  and Elections coming up and decisions about being made, this is the perfect time to share them with us. 

First things first, some general Letter to the Editor guidelines:

  • There is no word limit (we're online, after all), but do keep your readers in mind. Most online articles are best at about 500 words. If you need to go longer than that, consider including sub-heads to break up your text and help your readers jump to what they want to read.
  • The editor, , will check your letters for grammar and typos, but will not add things like sub-heads, bullet points, etc. It's your responsibility to make your letter appealing to readers.
  • If you supply a headline, Patch will use it unless it is too long or we deem it to be misleading in terms of the content of your letter. If you don't supply a headline, we will write one for you.
  • If you have photos, videos or PDFs that support your letter, please feel free to submit those. Again, we will include them with your letter as long as they are relevant.
  • As per Patch's formal Terms of Use, we will not publish letters that are "defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive." That doesn't mean you can't disagree with someone, only that you should do so with respect and civility.
  • Your Patch editor has the final say in these matters. So far, all of the letters readers have sent in have been published. Thank you for following the guidelines.

In recent months, we have received letters on subjects as varied as the  and the . If you have opinions bigger than just one letter, . 

So get writing, Brookline. Email me your letters, and let's see what you have to say.


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