How to share your opinion with The Salt Lake Tribune

Everything you need to know to submit an op-ed, guest essay, letter to the editor and more.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Salt Lake Tribune is committed to creating a space where Utahns can share ideas, perspectives and solutions that move our state forward. We rely on your contributions to do this.

While we encourage Utahns from all walks of life to submit, we want to ensure that submissions help us reach the goals outlined here. We welcome ideas in multiple formats and will consider essays, illustrations, videos and other formats.

[Read more: More perspectives, less polarization: What you can expect from the Voices section]

Those who submit should expect to hear back from the Voices Editor within a few days of submitting, and those that are accepted are likely to go through a few rounds of edits.

Prior to submitting, please ensure you understand and have met the following requirements:

  • Submissions must be exclusive to The Salt Lake Tribune.

  • Priority will be given to Utah-related topics and to Utah contributors.

  • Submissions must include in-line links to all quotes and referenced facts.

  • Contributors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest.

  • Submissions must not contain name-calling or personal insults.

During elections, in an effort to be fair to each party, there are additional guidelines for both candidates and readers:


  • Candidates in a political race may only publish one commentary after filing their candidacy.

  • The Salt Lake Tribune may solicit commentaries from other candidates in a race before publishing one candidate’s submission.

  • No candidate commentaries seeking endorsement or votes will be published after ballots are mailed.


  • The Salt Lake Tribune will make an effort to publish an equal amount of commentaries endorsing different candidates. This means that your submission may be held to publish at a later date, or your submission may not be accepted due to a higher number of published submissions endorsing a candidate.

  • You may only submit one commentary endorsing a candidate per race.

  • No commentaries endorsing a candidate will be published after ballots are mailed.

How to submit a letter to the editor

Email your letter to the editor to letters@sltrib.com.

Letters to the editor may also be mailed to:

Public Forum, The Salt Lake Tribune

90 S. 400 West, Suite 600

Salt Lake City, 84101

Submissions must be 300 words or less and must include the author’s full name, address, phone number and email address. Only the name and city will be published.

Letters are condensed and edited. Because of the volume of mail received, not all submissions are published.

We will accept only one letter per person in any 30-day period.

How to submit a commentary

Email your commentary to voices@sltrib.com.

Commentaries may also be mailed to:

Voices Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune

90 S. 400 West, Suite 600

Salt Lake City, 84101

Written submissions should be 800 words or less and must include in-line links to all quotes and facts used.

Please disclose any potential conflicts of interest in the topic of your submission.

Contributors should include a recent photograph of themselves and a sentence or two of biographical information that includes any experience or expertise in the subject matter addressed. Please limit to two co-authors.

We will accept only one commentary per person in any 45-day period.

Sending text in the body of an email is preferred, as attachments do not always arrive in a usable form.

If you’re an educator interested in assigning an op-ed to your students, please reach out to voices@sltrib.com.

Questions? Concerns? Send a note to voices@sltrib.com. We look forward to hearing from you!