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Letters to the Editor

Below are the guidelines for submitting a Letter to the Editor for the local papers here in Dare County.  And here are some tips to give you a better chance of getting your letter published.

  • Get to the point in the very first sentence. You’re not writing a speech and you’re not writing a report. Most readers won’t go past the first or second sentence if they don’t grasp what your point is.
  • Keep your letter short. 200 words is best. 400 words is maximum. You should be able to print out your letter on one sheet of paper – double-spaced.
  • Include your full name, address, e-mail address and daytime telephone number. The newspaper will not publish your street address or phone number, but editors often call letter writers to verify authorship.
  • Improve your chance of being selected for publication by referring to a specific news story or editorial published in the paper. Letters that respond to something that was in the paper often get first priority.
  • Do not respond to something you saw on TV or heard on the radio. Just as newspapers like to promote themselves in letters to the editor, they rarely will promote competitors.
  • Read your letter aloud to a family member before you send it. If your listener can’t understand it, then your readers won’t understand it, either.
  • Keep trying. Most newspapers have a 30-day rule, or a 45-day rule on frequent contributors.

Coastland Times
They only take hard copy or fax. Include the same info noted above including signature. Text should be 300 words or less but longer items will be considered. The fax # is 252-473-1515. The address is:

The Coastland Times
P. O. Box 400
Manteo, NC 27954

Outer Banks Sentinel
To submit your letter online click here Go to Services on the left and select Letter to the Editor.

The mailing address is:

Outer Banks Sentinel
Letter to the Editor
P. O. Box 546
Nags Head, NC 27959
Virginian Pilot
You can submit a letter to the editor for possible publication in the printed edition. The Virginian-Pilot welcomes letters to the editor on all topics, although concise letters (150 words or less) on public issues will receive priority. Letters may be edited for length, style and clarity and writers are limited to one published letter every month. Please add your name, city, street address and daytime telephone number for confirmation.

By e-mail:

By mail: Letters to the editor - P.O. Box 449 - Norfolk, VA 23501-0449
By fax: (757) 446-2051

Find other newspapers in North Carolina (great resource from the Cherokee County GOP)

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