Call for Articles, Communities #146: Family
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 14:15:21 -0700 (PDT)

/Communities/ magazine is now seeking articles for issue #146, “*Family*.” The issue will be out in March 2010.

Please send your article idea to editor [at] by *Monday, September 28, 2009,* or sooner if possible.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, November 20*.

1. Theme articles: /*Family*/

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

   * What is “family” to you? Does it encompass a chosen family as well
     as a biological family? Has living and/or working in cooperative
     groups changed your definition of “family”?

   * How does community living affect the relationships and roles of
     parents and children? Grandparents and grandchildren?
     Spouses/partners? Ex-spouses/partners? Aunts, uncles, nieces,
     nephews, cousins (whether related by blood or “adopted”)?

   * How does child-rearing in community differ from child-rearing

   * What does “divorce” look like in community, with or without
     children involved, especially when both ex-partners choose to
     continue living in community together?

   * What challenges do families face in community? What benefits do
     they derive from it?

   * If you live in community, how does that affect your relationship
     with your family of birth? If relatives of yours live in community
     but you do not, how does that affect your relationship with them?

   * How does community size affect “family” feeling within a
     community? Does your community seem like an extended family, or
     instead a neighborhood or village? What are the pros and cons of
     the intimacy that may develop among unrelated members of smaller
     groups, as opposed to the less intense connection that may occur
     in larger groups?

   * How do nuclear or extended families resemble intentional
     communities? What can communities and families teach one another
     about cooperation, shared values, putting values into action,
     creating sustainable relationships, encouraging personal growth,
     decision making, etc.?

   * Did you come to community searching for a sense of functional
     family that you never had? Or did you join community to continue
     and expand upon your own positive family experiences? How have
     family and community reinforced one another in your life?

[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] or 541-937-2567 ext. 116.

If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please check or contact Yulia Zarubina at 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, yet we hope to do so in a respectful and cooperative manner and prevent antagonistic back-and-forth dialog in our letters-to-the-editor section. If the article may provoke controversy or strong reactions, 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]

Chris Roth
Editor, Communities
81868 Lost Valley Lane
Dexter, OR 97431
editor [at]
541-937-2567 ext. 116

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