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Is there an opinion you’d like to share? A piece of writing or point of view you believe would be of interest to NUVO readers?

Luckily, NUVO has a solution: We invite our readers to send us letters to the editor and op-eds.

In both cases, we reserve the right to edit or decline to publish your submission for length, grammar, style, taste, and fact-checking. You must include your full legal name (which we will print), and street address and daytime phone number (which we won't).

There are two ways to send your submissions to us. Whichever one you choose, make it clear in the header, subject, or address that it's a “Letter to the Editor” or “Op-Ed Submission”: You send it through the regular mail at 3951 N. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208; or, you can send it via email to: editors@nuvo.net.

Letters to the Editor

Do you want to praise or chastise NUVO for our coverage or lack thereof? Is there something happening or not happening that the community should know about? Are you concerned about a particular political issue and want to state your case? Did you read another letter to the editor, column, or editorial and just had to respond? In all these cases, a letter to the editor would be for you.

These are the shorter of the two—usually no more than 300 words. Remember: Less is always more.

Let truth, brevity, originality, and economy of words be your hallmarks.

This guide from the program Hemingway Editor (which you can check your own text with) is as good as any:

  • Pay attention to “lengthy, complex sentences and common errors...shorten or split it.

  • [Avoid] sentences so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic—try editing this sentence.”

  • “You can utilize a shorter word in place of a [longer] one.”

  • “[Remove] adverbs and weakening phrases...Get rid of them and pick words with force.”

  • “[Avoid] the passive voice.”

Op-Eds

Letters to the editor are generally more reactive than op-eds, which tend to be more proactive.

Op-Ed is short for “opposite the editorial page,” not “opinion-editorial,” as is commonly thought. And, that's actually an important distinction which you think about it. By its very nature, an editorial is an opinion already, but that of the newspaper itself. Op-Eds are similar pieces, but they are people speaking for themselves, not the paper.

For op-eds you should also definitely include a high quality mug shot of yourself and a brief biography.

These are longer than letters. But, please, no more than 500 words. Again, shorter is always better.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Rob Burgess, News Editor at NUVO Newsweekly, can be reached by email at rburgess@nuvo.net, by phone at 317-808-4614 or on Twitter @robaburg.

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