reminder: Call for Articles: Communities #177: Urban Communities
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:00:10 -0700 (PDT)

/Communities/magazine is still seeking articles for issue #177, *"Urban Communities."*The issue will be out in December 2017.

Please send your article idea to editor [at] by *Monday, June 26, 2017*.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, August 18, 2017*.

1. Theme articles:*Urban Communities*

 * Do you live in an intentional community in an urban setting? What
   are the unique challenges and opportunities of urban-based
   intentional communities?
 * How did your urban intentional community come together? Is it mostly
   younger people, multigenerational, or mostly older people? (And what
   do you think are the reasons for its demographics?)
 * Are you involved in creating or cultivating urban community outside
   of an intentionalcommunity format?
 * What will it take to "rebuild our cities"--our neighborhoodsand
   sense of community, not just our infrastructure? How do we foster
   healthy connections in an urban environment?
 * How can citydwellers empower themselvespolitically, economically,
   and socially, in ways that reflectcooperative ideals?
 * How can citydwellers become both more interdependent and more
 * How can urban community-building (both through intentional community
   and in other forms) prepare us for the future?
 * If you identify your setting as "suburban" rather than urban, how do
   the above questions still relate to your situation?
 * If you live in a rural community setting, what lessons and practices
   from your own experience would also be applicable to an urban setting?
 * If you live in a city, what cooperative lessons and practices in
   your life could also be helpful to communitarians who live in the
 * How can city-country connections be nurtured, andfor what purposes?
 * What experiences have you hadin your life thatexemplify "community"
   and "lack of community"--and what makes the difference? Does setting
   (whether urban, suburban, rural) matter? And if so, how?
 * Do you believe humanity's future is mostly in cities? In the
   country? Both?What skills and social forms will we need ina changing
 * We are planning a special section focusing on Baltimore, Maryland.
   Do you have any experiences with community in its various forms in
   that city?

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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