Write a Letter to the Editor

Writing a Letter to The Editor: Letters are the most widely read sections of papers that can shape issues in the minds of fellow voters, legislators and governmental officials. Write one as soon as you are inspired – it feels great!
    Tips When Writing A Letter To The Editor
  • Letters MUST include the author's full name, address (both residential and mailing, if different) and telephone number, to verify authorship.
  • Papers generally ask that you limit letters to 250 words. Shorter letters are more frequently read.
  • Keep it simple – quickly get to the point.
  • Newspapers like submissions by Email.
  • Submit your letter to multiple local papers, not just one. After you have composed and sent your first letter, “copy” and “paste” the letter text into email submissions to additional papers. Multiply your effort!
  • Deadlines vary - try to submit your letter by Friday for the following week.
    And When Writing A Letter Supporting a Candidate..
  • Try to get local candidate approval before sending support letters to newspapers.
  • Send to all the local papers below that are frequently read in the candidates district.
  • Letters are NOT accepted for the week preceding the election.
  • During campaign season candidate profiles will be appear on a 'Candidates' page under 'Who We Are' on the menu.
  • When writing letters for candidates with websites visit their websites for talking points.
Core papers in Lincoln County include the Lincoln County News, Boothbay Register, Wiscasset Newspaper and Coastal Journal. At a minimum, submit your letter to all four!
Local Papers which accept letters that also appear in other papers:
Boothbay Register
P.O. Box 357
97 Townsend Ave.
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
Phone: 633-4620
FAX: 633-7123
Web: http://www.theportholeonline.com
E-mail: kburnham@boothbayregister.com
Wiscasset Newspaper
P.O. Box 429
47 Gardiner Road
Wiscasset, ME 04578
Phone: 882-6355
FAX: 882-4280
Web: http://www.theportholeonline.com
E-mail: newsdesk@wiscassetnewspaper.com
Suggestion: Always email the Register and ask that the letter also appear in the Wiscasset Newspaper.
Lincoln County News
P.O. Box 36
116 Mills Road
Damariscotta, ME 04543
Phone: 563-3171
FAX: 563-3127
Web: www.mainelincolncountynews.com
E-mail: lcn@lincoln.midcoast.com
The Coastal Journal
832 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530-2662
Phone: 443-6241
Toll Free: 800-649-6241
Web: www.coastaljournal.com
E-mail: editor@coastaljournal.com
Herald Gazette – Knox Village Soup
301 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841-2124
Phone: 236-8511
Fax: 236-2816
Web: http://knox.villagesoup.com
E-mail: info@villagesoup.com
Free Press Online
8 North Main St., Suite 101
Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: 596-0055
Email: editor@freepressonline.com
 
Papers which require original text not shared with other papers:
Times Record
P.O. Box 10
3 Business Parkway
Brunswick, ME 04011
Phone: 729-3311
1-800-734-6397
FAX: 729-5728
Web: www.timesrecord.com
E-mail: letters@timesrecord.com
Bangor Daily News
P.O. Box 1329
491 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04402-1329
Phone: 990-8000
Toll free in Maine: 1-800-432-7964
FAX: 990-8041
Web: www.bangordailynews.com
E-mail: dwilde@bangordailynews.com
Kennebec Journal
274 Western Ave.
Augusta, ME 04430
Phone: 623-3811
FAX: 621-5621
Web: www.kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com
E-mail: kjedit@centralmaine.com
Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
P.O. Box 1460
Portland, ME 04104
Phone: 791-6650
FAX: 791-6920
Web: www.pressherald.mainetoday.com
E-mail: communitynews@pressherald.com
The Working Waterfront
Phone: 207-594-9209
Email Gillian Reed: ggarratt-reed@islandinstitute.org
 
Other Media:
Maine Public Broadcasting Network
323 Marginal Way
Portland, Maine 04101
Phone: 1-800-884-1717
Fax: 207-761-0318
Email Barbara Cariddi: bcariddi@mpbn.net
WGAN
Radio Newsroom:
Phone: 207-874-6570
Fax: (207) 874-2296
News fax: (207) 761-0318
Email Don Carrigan: don.carrigan@wcsh6.com
Newscenter Voice OF The Voter: voiceofthevoter@wcsh6.com
News Tips: newscenter@wcsh6.com