Call for Articles, Communities #143: Ecology and Community
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 10:31:21 -0800 (PST)

/Communities/ magazine is now seeking articles for issue #143, “*Ecology and Community*.” The issue will be out in June 2009.

Please send your article idea to editor [at] by *Monday, December 29*, or sooner if possible.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, February 20*.

1. Theme articles: *Ecology and Community

   * How does your intentional community, cooperative group, or
     neighborhood integrate ecological concerns into your lives and work?
   * Do you engage actively in efforts to preserve/restore natural
     ecosystems, educate others about ecology, and/or live in ways that
     enhance rather than degrade biodiversity and a livable planet?
   * What is your relationship to issues such as climate change,
     pollution, resource depletion, species extinction, and other
     environmental problems/crises?
   * What is the interplay of the human world and the natural world in
     your group's mission and activities?

We are seeking stories about attempts to live harmoniously through ecovillages, permaculture projects, relocalization efforts, urban neighborhood groups, rural homesteading communities, educational nonprofits, and other efforts. We welcome "how to" articles and resource lists that will empower readers and groups to move forward in their own efforts to understand and integrate ecology into their lives.

[Please forward this email to anyone you think has a good story on this theme for /Communities/.]

2. We are also seeking articles about:

   * Creating community in your neighborhood;
   * Starting a new community;
   * Process and communication issues in community; and
   * Seeking community to join.

Suggested submission length is from 300 to 2500 words. We invite submissions ranging from short vignettes to extensively-developed articles, and also invite suggestions of recommended resources and article leads. We’re seeking articles written in a reader-friendly, popular-magazine style, rather than in an academic style. We ask contributors to share stories and experiences, not just ideas; write about challenges, not just successes; and describe specific situations that will help your story come alive for the reader. Before you start writing, please check or contact us for our full Writers’ Guidelines--and let us know your article idea so that we can give feedback on how it may fit into /Communities/. Contact Chris Roth at editor [at] or 541-937-2567 ext. 116.

If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please check or contact our Art Director at layout [at] for our Photo Guidelines.

*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/, we own first North American Publishing Rights. This means your article appears in /Communities/ the first time it appears in North America. In addition to appearing in /Communities/, your article may also appear on our website or in future compilations. You retain all other rights to it. 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: Life in Cooperative Culture/, (date); for further information on /Communities/: <>.”

*IV. Photos.* If we publish your article, we want to accompany it with compelling images that illustrate your subject. You know your subject best, so we are appealing to you for images. If others in your community or group like taking pictures, they might already have great images to go with your article. If you would like to submit an article but cannot supply photos, that’s fine; however, please give us plenty of advance notice so that if we use your article we can get an illustrator. Please check or email us for our full Photo Guidelines. We also appreciate an author photo to accompany your short (several-line) author bio.

Thanks for your contributions!

Chris Roth
Editor, /Communities/
editor [at]

Chris Roth
Editor, Communities
81868 Lost Valley Lane
Dexter, OR 97431
editor [at]
541-937-2567 ext. 116

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