special message/reminder: Call for Articles: Communities #155: Diversity
From: Communities Magazine (editoric.org)
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 15:18:17 -0800 (PST)
Hello again,

This is a reminder that /Communities /is still seeking article proposals for issue #155, "*Diversity.*" If you've been thinking of submitting an article to the magazine, this could be a good time--we have plenty of room for more proposals. We know that many communities and groups struggle with issues related to diversity, and we want to hear your stories and perspectives. We will also happily consider articles not directly related to the theme. Please help us make this a compelling, diverse issue!

Thanks again,



/Communities/ magazine is now seeking articles for issue #155, "*Diversity*." The issue will be out in June 2012.

Please send your article idea to _editor@ic.org_ <mailto:editor [at] ic.org> by *Friday, December 23, 2011*, or sooner if possible.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, February 17, 2012*.

1. Theme articles: /*Diversity*/

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

       * Does your community or group struggle with issues of
         diversity? If so, do you consider yourself less diverse than
         you want to be, or too diverse to function well?
       * What types of diversity have proven challenging and/or
         rewarding for you, either through their absence or through
         their presence? Racial? Economic/class? Gender identity or
         orientation? Political or ideological? Approaches to
         communication, community vision, or child rearing? Core
         values? Religious/spiritual? Personality type? Aesthetic
         standards? Other?
       * How have you succeeded in achieving the diversity you desire?
       * What has gotten in the way of achieving sufficient diversity?
       * What are the benefits and drawbacks of diversity?
       * How do you keep your group sufficiently cohesive? Do you limit
         certain kinds of diversity?
       * Has your group focused on developing "multicultural competence"?
       * What has been your experience visiting or joining a group in
         which you stretch the boundaries of the group's pre-existing
         diversity? Have you felt welcomed or shunned as a minority (of
         whatever type)?
       * If you or groups you know struggle with achieving diversity,
         why do you think that is?
       * Have you observed "blind spots" in yourself or your group in
         relation to diversity? Have you been able to overcome these?
       * Is lack of racial diversity, in particular, an "elephant in
         the living room" for many intentional communities? If so, why,
         and how can that change?

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 _http://communities.ic.org/submit.php_ 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@ic.org_ <mailto:editor [at] ic.org>.

If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please check _http://communities.ic.org/submit.php_ or contact Yulia Zarubina at _layout@ic.org_ <mailto:layout [at] ic.org> 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/: _communities.ic.org_ <http://www.ic.org/>."

*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 _http://communities.ic.org/submit.php_ 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@ic.org_ <mailto:editor [at] ic.org>

Chris Roth
Editor, Communities
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Dexter, OR 97431
editor [at] ic.org

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