• Keep your letters short and to the point; preferably relating to a main news item or an article in the paper you are writing to.
  • Tabloids prefer less than 100 words.
  • Broadsheet the same but will go over 200 words.
  • It’s easier to get a letter in your local paper, and they will also be printed in other papers in the same publishing company.
  • Where possible back up your claims with links to websites, attached documents, etc.
  • Don’t use too many strong adjectives.
  • Get your letters in by 2pm.
  • Put you name, address and phone number at the bottom of the letter.
  • Send them to a few papers, but always in a new email, if you cc them they will know you have sent it to a few papers.
  • If you get a letter in the paper take a good, sharp, no shadows, square-on picture, email it to info@scotlandmatters.co.uk and if you are on Facebook or Twitter post it there
  • Free software for writing or to download the contact list below can be found here: https://www.openoffice.org/download/index.html This will allow you to write and edit your letters without paying for Mircosoft Word.

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