We're adding a new element to our Letter of the Month contest -- a prize, a token of our appreciation for letter writers who compose a strong statement as judged by readers. The monthly victor will now receive a Bradenton Herald coffee mug.
Anyone can vote at bradenton.com/letter-of-the-month for one of weekly nominations selected by editors,
The writer's opinion is not be a consideration for editors in selecting weekly nominations. Letters will be judged on strength of argument, writing style and clarity.
An announcement about when voting begins will appear in print, and we'll announce the readers' choice once voting is over on this Opinion page as well as online.