How to submit letters to the editor and opinion pieces to the Times Colonist

Letters to the editor

We ask that letters be no longer than 250 words, and adhere to standards of fairness, accuracy, legality and civility. Beyond that, we select letters on the basis of timeliness, relevance and diversity. We give strong preference to letters written by people within our circulation area (Vancouver Island), but occasionally use letters from beyond our region if they concern specific local issues.

We ask letter writers to submit their full names, address and phone numbers for verification purposes. We publish only the writer’s name and community of residence.

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Letters can be emailed to letters@timescolonist.com. They can be Word attachments or plain text in the body of an email.

Everyone is limited to one letter or op-ed every 30 days.

We always receive far more submissions than we can print, so there are no guarantees a particular letter or op-ed will appear.

Op-eds

We welcome comment pieces we call op-eds. These are usually 500 to 750 words long, and deal with topics relevant to our readers. They are signed pieces with one sentence at the end that indicates the writer’s expertise or interest in the topic.

Pieces must adhere to standards of fairness, accuracy, legality and civility. Beyond that, we select op-eds on the basis of timeliness, relevance and diversity. The more timely and topical, the better the chance it will get in. Our focus is primarily Victoria, Vancouver Island and British Columbia. We print some op-eds on national topics and very few on international subjects.

We ask writers to submit their full names, address and phone numbers for verification purposes. We publish only the writer’s name and community of residence.

Op-eds can be emailed to letters@timescolonist.com. They can be Word attachments or plain text in the body of an email.

Everyone is limited to one letter or op-ed every 30 days.

We always receive far more submissions pieces than we can print, so there are no guarantees a particular letter or op-ed will appear. 

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