Submissions Policy

Updated June 2017

We welcome letters and opinion essays (commentary) that are well written, thoughtful and thought-provoking on a variety of topics.

Letters must be 350 or fewer words and must not include Web addresses, phone numbers or addresses, or material pulled from another source without attribution. Letters must be addressed to the editor and they must not include personal attacks, hate language  or potentially libelous statements or allegations. Content of the letter must be original and not copied from another source without attribution. Do not use abbreviations or acronyms – spell out all words.

We do not accept letters of endorsement for other businesses or candidates, or letters that include solicitations of donations. We only accept letters from readers in our circulation area, or those letters that bring up issues specific to our area.

Letters may address or be a rebuttal to a letter to the editor or news story, but only one rebuttal letter will be accepted per letter writer.

Commentary submissions are opinion essays .  They are not long letters or rebuttals to previous letters to the editor or to other commentaries or news stories – that would be a letter to the editor.

Commentaries must be well written, with facts checked and sources of material noted. They must not be any longer than 750 words.

We require the author’s name, address and phone number as well as a sentence about the author for a brief bio at the end of the submission.  The author must disclose any personal, financial or professional interest he or she has in the topic of the commentary.  A color photo of the author is welcome.  An email address that readers can respond to is encouraged.


Submissions  may discuss a candidate’s issues and performance, but must not be a direct endorsement.  We will only accept one letter in a 30-day time period per writer about a specific candidate.  We will stop accepting submissions about election issues or candidates by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before election day.

All submissions

We verify all submissions by telephone and a telephone number must be included for verification. If no number is provided, your letter will be not be accepted.

There is no guarantee that submissions will be accepted. If you do not hear from us within a week, then your letter or commentary has not been accepted.

All letters and commentaries will be edited.

Email submissions to, submit them online at,  or mail them to:


152 N. Holliday St.,

Strasburg, Va. 22657