Tips for Inquirer letter and commentary writers



Our preference is that you e-mail your Letter to the Editor to You can also fax letters to 215-854-5884 or mail them to The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101.

  • Letters should be limited to no more than 150 words; preferably, fewer. Editors can always take a sharp pencil to an over-long letter, but it’s our preference that writers try to hit the mark themselves. That makes more sense, since it’s your letter, after all. The realistic lengths to shoot for are as follows: 75 words for a brief comment, perhaps focusing on one issue; 150 words for a lengthy comment with several threads of thought.
  • Letters will be edited, mostly for space reasons (see above)
  • Writers must include a home address, and daytime and evening telephone numbers for verification.
  • With your permission, we will publish your e-mail address, in addition to your name and city.

Our staff attempts to verify the authorship of every letter considering for publication. Due to space limitations, however, not every letter that is verified can be published in The Inquirer  print edition. At times, we publish additional letters on our Say What? blog at

Further info: 215-854-2209


Op-ed articles should be no more than 700 words in length, and previously unpublished. Send them to Commentaries about the Pennsylvania suburbs and South Jersey are welcome, in particular, and may appear on our Monday commentary page B2.

Thanks to all our Inquirer contributors. We appreciate hearing from readers.