reminder: Call for Articles: Communities #176: Learning from the Past
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:53:02 -0700 (PDT)

/Communities/magazine is still seeking articles for issue #176, "*Learning from the Past*."The issue will be out in September 2017.

Please send your article idea to editor [at] by *Friday, March 31, 2017*.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, May 19, 2017*.

1. Theme articles:*Learning from the Past *

 * How aware are you or your group of past intentional communities?
   Have you used knowledge about past communities to help you design or
   lead your own lives in community?
 * In what ways have you been inspired by past communal projects or
 * If you study historical intentional communities, how would you
   respond if asked to write on the theme, "Why I Love Communal Studies"?
 * What inventions and innovations have come from past intentional
 * What insights about community can be gleaned through the efforts of
   communal studies researchers, practitioners, and students?
 * What insights have you or your group gained by studying past
   communal efforts?
 * Does your community attempt to document its history as it unfolds?
   Do you see value in keeping track of your own evolution so that
   yourselves and others, now and in the future, may learn from it?
 * In a similar vein, are you and others in your group aware of your
   own community's history, or of the history of allied groups or
   previous communal efforts in your region? What lessons have you
   drawn from this history to help guide you into the future?
 * As communitarians, how can we avoid repeating mistakes from the past?
 * Do you feel your group is doing something new, or is it possibly
   reinventing the wheel?
 * Did past communities move the larger culture forward, or are they
   merely interesting but irrelevant footnotes to history?
 * In response to broader cultural, technological, and other shifts
   from decade to decade, century to century, millennium to millennium,
   what changes, and what remains the same, about the nature of
   community living?
 * A lot of communities have experienced major disasters. What are some
   of the best (and funniest) disaster stories you've encountered? The
   most solemn/depressing?
 * What has attracted you to study past communities? Do you have ideas
   about how to make this kind of historical study and the perspectives
   it brings seem relevant, important, and even exciting to present and
   future communitarians?

Please remember that we are looking for stories, personal experiences, and concrete examples in your responses—these are what will make 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 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 to-communities-magazine 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/
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Dexter, OR 97431
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