Canadian Federation of
Medical Students

Letters To Editor

What is it?
Letters to the editor are short opinion pieces, usually less than 300 words, printed in newspapers and magazines. They can be designed to educate the community about your topic of interest, publicize your cause, challenge an existing viewpoint, gain the attention of politicians and policy makers, and spark action.

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How to write a Letter to the Editor
Adapted from “How to Write a Letter to the Editor” published by the National Post

If you are trying to reach a medical audience, consider publishing an opinion piece or commentary in a medical journal. Each journal tends to have different submission guidelines for op-ed articles. Make sure you check out their publication instructions before you begin drafting your article.


Sample Letter to the Editor
http://www.schizophrenia.ca/docs/SampleLetterToEditor.pdf


Where to Publish
The following are just a few ideas of where to submit your letter. There are many more that are not mentioned here, so look around to find a publication that best suits your needs.

National Media:
1) Globe and Mail
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 416-585-5085

2) National Post
http://www.nationalpost.com/contact/letters/index.html?name=Letters

Local media:
1) The Toronto Star
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 416-869-4322

2) The Vancouver Sun
[email protected]
Fax: 604-605-2188

3) Le journal de Montréal
http://www.journaldemontreal.com/contactez-nous

4) The Gazette
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 514-987-2639


Publications with a medical audience:
1) The Canadian Association Medical Journal (CMAJ) Salon or Commentaries section: http://www.cmaj.ca/site/authors/preparing.xhtml

2) Canadian Family Physician Commentaries section:
http://www.cfp.ca/site/misc/cfp_authors.xhtml

3) Canadian Journal of Public Health:
http://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/about/submissions#authorGuidelines


References:
http://www.acp-cpa.ca/lettertoeditortips.htm

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=3eafdfc5-1af1-430b-8bb4-3b1dc3f8abc0&p=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/23/opinion/23READ.html?ex=1141189200&en=1fd8b7f8078f4183&ei

http://news.ubc.ca/services-for-ubc/writing-an-effective-opinion-editorial-piece-or-letter-to-the-editor/

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