Answered By: Sophie Farrar
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2018     Views: 4707

There are no examples of referencing a letter to the editor in the APA Publication Manual or in the APA Style Blog, however, there is mention of them.  The Library suggest following the format below:

Writer/author. (Year, Month date). Title [Letter to the editor]. Title of newspaper, page number. Retrieval statement

Example with author:

McHugh, J. (1993, June 10). It’s past time to make a change [Letter to the editor]. The Canberra Times, 12. Retrieved from

Example no author:

ANZAC Day Observance [Letter to the editor]. (1944, April 26). The Mercury, 3. Retrieved from

If the letter you are referencing is from a print newspaper (i.e. not sourced online), omit the retrieval statement.

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