Pen Pal Listings in The Letter Exchange

When you subscribe to The Letter Exchange, you can submit listings to attract compatible or interesting penfriends. You get 20 free words per issue with your subscription; additional words cost $.50 each. Listings are printed in the magazine by category and Lex Number. We do not print your name and address.

Sample listings

Wondering what to say in your listing in The Letter Exchange? These samples may help.

  • Are the Tolkien movies really true to the books? Let’s discuss.
  • Firefighter about to retire after 35 years. Free time sounds great, but will I be bored?
  • Just when I think I have life all figured out, it changes. You too?
  • Published essayist and closet poet would like to exchange writing for mutual, gentle criticism.
  • Seeking ideas for keeping my grandchildren from drifting away when they move to Hawaii.
  • Why are people still trying to write The Great American Novel when there's Moby Dick?
  • I enjoy Big Band music, PBS, watching rugby and trying to make my African violets bloom. What do you enjoy?
  • Let’s discuss the world political situation from a Zen perspective.

Sample Ghost Letter listings

Tired of being yourself? Try on a new character by writing as a historical, fictional, or imaginary entity in a Ghost Letter!

  • Dear Mother: I’ve arrived in the mountains, but the villagers are afraid to let me stay. Does the plague still ravage London? – Abigail
  • Dr. Zarkov – My vacation on Mars bores me. What news from the ship? – Flash
  • Violet-winged fairy unjustly banished to Toadstool Forest seeks correspondence with others of the Wee Folk. No trolls, please.

How to use your 20 free words per issue

Any way you want! Use them in a single listing. Put short listings in several categories. No need to restrict yourself to 20 words, though — additional words are only $.50 each.