How do I send a letter to the editor?

We accept letters by e-mail and surface mail, however, because timeliness is a critical factor in the selection of letters we publish, we strongly encourage submissions by e-mail. Write to or to: Letters to the Editor, The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20071.

What are the guidelines for letter submissions?

We prefer letters that are fewer than 200 words and take as their starting point an article or other item appearing in The Post. They may not have been submitted to, posted to or published by any other media. They must include the writer's full name -- anonymous letters and letters written under pseudonyms will not be considered. For verification purposes, they must also include the writer's home address, e-mail address and telephone numbers. Writers should disclose any personal or financial interest in the subject matter of their letters. If sending e-mail, please put the text of the letter in the body and do not send attachments -- they will not be read.


How are letters selected for publication?

The Post receives more than a thousand letters each week. Letters editor Mike Larabee looks for concise letters that offer a new perspective or add depth to the discussion of an issue.

Are letters edited?

Letters are edited for clarity, fact checked and sometimes trimmed to fit the space available in the newspaper. The opinions expressed are always the writer's own. We confer with letter writers about editing to the extent that deadlines allow.

When will I hear about my letter?

We do our best to read all letters promptly. Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we are not able to respond to letters not chosen for publication. If you haven't heard from a Post editor within two weeks, it's safe to assume your letter won't be published.

Where can I find letters to the editor on

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