A letter to the editor (LTE) is a short publication submitted to a newspaper by a reader who is expressing an opinion or concern, responding to a topic, and/or issuing a call to action. Writing an LTE is a great way to share your story and express why legislators must lower drug prices. It can be effective in getting the attention of community members, state legislators, and even U.S. senators and representatives.
Below is a template LTE for you to personalize with your voice and submit to a media outlet for consideration. LTEs are usually about 200 words in length, but you should check the submission guidelines of the media outlet online to verify length and submission requirements. (This info is usually posted on the outlet’s website under the opinion section or frequently asked questions.)
It is helpful to include the name of your representative and senators directly. Our LTE tool will automatically pull the names of your Senator based on your state, and you can find your representative here.
When your letter is ready to go, submit to one newspaper of your choice via email or their online portal. If you don’t hear back from your first outlet within a couple days, send a follow-up email to the letters or opinion editor. If you have any questions about your LTE, reach out to P4ADNow’s communications director Audrey Baker. Happy writing!