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02 October 2009

Submission Guidelines

Letters to the editor


150 words is long in print, though it looks short on your notepaper. This is a maximum: the length we can fit depends on many factors, including the space available each week, the complexity of the subject and the extent to which it is a subject which has already been discussed. We cannot consult writers about the cutting of their letters.


We cannot respond to unused letters to the editor, explaining the reasons for their non-use. Nor can we print dialogues in the letter columns, with writers serially responding to one another's responses to their letters or articles.


When handwriting, please ensure that your letter, including your name and address, are clearly legible. We cannot use an e-mailed letter unless a postal address is included. The rules on anonymity are as given for articles.

Is The Friend the right place?

As a Quaker journal, it is worth thinking about the relationship between the letters columns and our Preparative and Monthly Meetings. While The Friend is a useful place for airing thoughts and views, longer-term consideration of serious issues has to take place within our Meetings for Worship for Business. It is also worth remembering that writing to The Media (including The Friend) is rarely a best first step when we see things going wrong: have you first taken up the matter with those responsible?

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A testimony to Love
Judy Kirby, Editor
Circles of silence
Gerard Benson
A view of Quakers
David Wood
Testimony to peace
Helen Steven
Middle East witness
Ann Wright
Peace for all
Stephen Hanvey
Living the testimonies
Helen Drewery
Harvey Gillman
Testimony to Equality
Jonathan Dale
Committed relationships
Phil Lucas
Quaker thought in literature
Marina Lewycka
Quaker thought in poetry
Gerard Benson
Ros Smith
Marian Liebmann
Equality and social justice
Belinda Hopkins
Testimony to Simplicity
Jan Arriens and Marion McNaughton
Laurie Michaelis
Testimony to Truth
Linda Pegler
Integrity in public life
Tony Stoller

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