42 is the Right Answer, Day 28

old stamps 1sToday’s creative writing prompt is

Dear Editor…

One of the easiest ways to get your name into print (apart from getting arrested and appearing in a notorious court case) is to write a Letter to the Editor.

Choose a magazine or newspaper, check out the letters page to see the style and length of items published there, and choose a relevant subject. Some magazines even pay for each letter they publish, or offer prizes for the best ones.

I imagine lock-down and COVID-19 stories have been done to death (!) lately, so you might want to think of something else to write about.

Years ago, I used to send letters to the women’s magazines about the funny things my children said and did. But if I did that now, they’d probably sue me (the children, not the magazines).

Instead, I am using the picture here to include with a letter to an ornithology magazineblue tit on car s asking if anyone knows what this bird is up to on my car (besides leaving a lot of mess)? It is a Blue Tit (the bird, not the car) and for the past week or so seems to have become obsessed with its own reflection, so I’ll be penning a letter to Wings, the magazine of BirdWatch Ireland.

Specialist magazines associated with hobbies and pastimes often snap up readers’ letters, so I’m hopeful.

writing magOf course, you could always try a letter about writing for Writing Magazine. They ask for a maximum of 250 words and award a copy of The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook to the writer of their star letter.



Back to Basics – if you need to catch up,  it started  here (but we’re over half way through now).

I intend posting prompts here each day (until May Day) at 5pm – alive at five (Dublin time).