Call for Articles Winter 06 issue
From: Communities Magazine (
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 17:58:53 -0700 (PDT)

This is a Call for Articles for our Winter 2006 issue, “Thriving in a Healthy Economy,” out in December, 2006.

1. Theme articles: What is a “steady state” economy and how would it benefit us? What does “global economic collapse” mean and what does it mean for communities, intentional and otherwise? What can intentional communities and organized neighborhoods do to prepare? If you or your community has insights or information, or even better, a story about your discussions about this and what you may be doing (or not doing), we’d like to share it with our readers.

2. We are also seeking articles about:

• Creating community in your neighborhood

• Seeking caommunity to join

• Starting a new community

• Process & communication issues in community

Please let me know your article idea soon, ideally by August 16-23.


The deadline for finished articles is September 1st,  2006.

(If you would like me to remove you from this 'Call for Articles' email list, please let me know.)

            Word length is from 900 to 2500 words.

We’re seeking articles written in a reader-friendly popular-magazine style, rather than in academic style.

If you'd like to write an article, let me know and I'll send you our Writers Guidelines. Email me at communities [at] or call 828-669-9702 with your article idea or question, ideally by August 16-23.

I am sending this to you because you have either written for Communities magazine before, or inquired about writing for us, because I hope you might submit an article one day, or because you subscribe to Cohousing_L.

I. WHAT "SUBMITTING AN ARTICLE" MEANS. We will promise to read your article, but we may respectfully decline it and not publish it, or save it and publish it in a future issue. We also reserve the right to edit, shorten, or revise your article. Most of the time we contact authors about this ahead of time and get their comments, corrections, etc.

II. GETTING PERMISSION AHEAD OF TIME. Please send the article only when you have permission from anyone you need it from, such as fellow community members. It’s difficult for us to get all set to run an article only to find that the author’s fellow community members say No at the last minute.

III. PUBLICATION RIGHTS. Once your article appears in Communities magazine, we own first North American Publishing Rights. This means your article appears in Communities magazine the first time it appears in North America. After that, you own it again. If you’d like to use it elsewhere, you can, and, we would appreciate your using an attribution line saying “This article first appeared in Communities magazine, (date); for further information on Communities magazine:”

IV. PHOTOS. We will also want high-resolution digital photos or hard- copy photos (including snapshots) of people and/or communities to illustrate your story.

Photos don’t go to me, but to our photo editor Susan Patrice, susan [at] For more information, please contact Susan directly.

We will assume that any people in your photos have already given you permission to appear in Communities magazine—or you already know they will be fine with it. If you think this will be a problem, please take care of it before sending us photos. Thanks very much.

If you would like to submit an article but cannot supply photos, that's fine. Just let me know in advance! Then if we use your article we'll get an illustrator, but we need plenty of notice ahead of time for this. Thank you.

V. COVER PHOTOS. We now have color covers and are also seeking vertically oriented, color photos for our front cover. We pay $150 for a cover photo we publish.

            Are you interested?

For a cover photo--which “sells” the magazine to newsstand browsers--we’re looking for five features:

(1) A vertical photo of one or two people (or even three) in the foreground or mid-foreground, engaged in doing something, or looking at the camera.

(2) They look right into the camera (so they can bridge to the newsstand browser), with expressions of happiness, contentment, thoughtfulness, or engagement, etc.

(3) They’re wearing clothes in colors that look good together (ideally bright, clear colors), and which don’t clash. (i.e. one person isn’t wearing purple and the other orange.)

            (4) A community-type “scene” is visible behind them.

(5) Something kind of blank, or relatively low contrast is in the upper right or upper left corner, where we can put the issue name and article titles.

Again, cover photos don’t go to me, but to our photo editor Susan Patrice, susan [at] For more information, please contact Susan directly.

Thank you very much! I look forward to hearing from you if you are inspired by this topic.

We also publish articles on other subjects besides our issue theme, so if you have another article idea, please let me know!

            Diana Leafe Christian
            Editor, Communities Magazine

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