reminder: Call for Articles: Communities #189: Isolation and Connection; Community in the Age of Coronavirus
From: Chris Roth - Communities Editor (
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 19:41:08 -0700 (PDT)
Dear /Communities/ contributors and friends,

We're /still/ accepting last submissions for issue #188, "*Scaling Up/Scaling Down*" (see our submissions <> page for more info), including any articles about efforts to counteract systemic racism, to broaden the appeal and inclusivity of intentional communities, and to help groups become less monochromatic. And we are still seeking articles for issue #189, "*Isolation and Connection; Community in the Age of Coronavirus*." The issue will be out in December 2020.

Please send your article ideas to editor [at] <mailto:editor [at]> by *Saturday, June 27, 2020*, or whenever you can.

We ask that your final article reach us by *Friday, August 28, 2020*.

1. Theme articles: *Isolation and Connection; Community in the Age of Coronavirus*

Please share your experiences, stories, and perspectives in response to any (or any combination) of the following questions:

 * How have feelings of isolation and/or connection guided you toward
 * How have you experienced isolation and/or connection within a life
   in community?
 * What experiences have impacted your feelings of isolation and/or
 * How has the COVID-19 pandemic altered your life and that of your
   community or social circle? In what ways has it led to isolation,
   and in what ways to connection?
 * How have you and your group adapted to the restrictions and
   opportunities offered by this pandemic, or by other life-changing
   events that may have affected you? How have you felt "at effect" of
   these, and what steps have you taken?
 * What guidelines have you developed in response to COVID-19? What was
   the process around developing those guidelines? How has the pandemic
   affected your socializing, food-sharing, economic activities, jobs,
   meetings, overall culture? What has your group learned about itself?
   In what ways has the pandemic brought you together, and in what ways
   split you apart?
 * What does "community" mean in the Age of Coronavirus? How are
   intentional communities now relevant? How can they best function?
   What do they have to offer? What allied forms of community may
   flourish in these new times?
 * What lessons about isolation, connection, and/or adaptation to this
   pandemic have you learned? What would you and/or your group like to
   share with others?

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;
 * Ecological sustainability in community;
 * Social justice issues in community;
 * Networking to build the communities/ecovillages movement; and
 * Seeking community to join.

Suggested submission length is from 300 to 2500 words (although we sometimes stretch these limits). 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. We always attempt to 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. You may also choose to send us an author photo to accompany your short (several-line) author bio.

Thanks for your contributions!

Chris Roth
Editor, /Communities/

Chris Roth
Editor, Communities
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