Reminder: Call for Articles: Communities #151: Intimacy
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 07:35:05 -0800 (PST)
This is just a reminder, for those who haven't responded yet, that we're still accepting article proposals for our Summer issue. There is still /plenty/ of room for submissions, so we're actively requesting your potential contribution. Hope to hear from you if you're inspired by the topic; also feel free to forward...




/Communities/ magazine is now seeking articles for issue #151, “*Intimacy*.” The issue will be out in June 2011.

Please send your article idea to _editor [at] <mailto:editor [at]>_ by *Friday, December 24, 2010*, or sooner if possible.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, February 18, 2011*.

1. Theme articles: /*Intimacy*/

   / possible questions to address (feel free to pick and choose or

   * What does “intimacy” mean to you?
   * What are the different kinds of intimacy we experience in community?
   * What kinds of groups enhance the experience of intimacy? What
     kinds of community may erode it?
   * How do different people handle intimacy differently?
   * How does intimacy with significant people in your life (partners,
     children, best friends, etc.) differ in community vs. non-community?
   * How do you or does your community culture set boundaries on intimacy?
   * What’s it like to share intimacy in the often privacy-poor
     environment of community?
   * Is intimacy in community experienced differently by introverts and
   * What is the role of physical touch in our relationships?
   * What are strategies for coping or dealing with loneliness in
   * What types of intimate relationships does community create or
     encourage that are not generally found in the wider culture?
   * What’s it like to be intimate with people we don't know very well,
     as is sometimes asked of us in the context of community?
   * Does intimacy imply “specialness”?
   * Do you have experience with polyamory in community? Monogamy in
     community? Being single and unattached in community? If so, how
     did community (however you define it) affect your experience of
     these relationship(s), as opposed to being “not in community”?
   * How is intimacy expressed in communities that practice celibacy
     (or for individuals who practice celibacy within communities that
     aren’t celibate)?
   * Does community make committed relationships stronger? Or does it
     threaten them?
   * If you don’t live in an intentional community, has your experience
     of intimacy nevertheless affected your feeling of community with
     others? Has intimacy led you to reach out socially, or to draw in?
   * Have you noticed any influence of physical design and
     infrastructure on levels of intimacy within groups? What other
     factors affect intimacy?
   * Has community changed your perception of romantic love? Of other
     types of love?

Please remember that we are looking for stories, personal experiences, and concrete examples in your answers--these are what will make your ideas and observations most “real” and relevant to readers.

[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] <mailto:editor [at]>_.

If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please check _ or contact Yulia Zarubina at _layout [at] <mailto: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. We endeavor to present a diversity of views on community, including controversial or critical views, in a respectful and cooperative manner. If your article may generate controversy or strong reactions, or if the group(s) would want the chance to review it, please share your draft with group members to get their input before sending it to us. (Please see our Writers’ Guidelines for additional details.)

*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] <mailto:editor [at]>_

Chris Roth
Editor, Communities
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Rutledge MO 63563
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