Call for Articles: Communities #168: Community and the Law
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:00:47 -0800 (PST)

/Communities/magazine is now seeking articles for issue #168, *"Community and the Law."*The issue will be out in September 2015.

Please send your article idea to editor [at] <mailto:editor [at]> by *Monday, March 23, 2015*.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, May 22, 2015*.

1. Theme articles:****Community* and the Law *

 * How have laws either helped or hindered your efforts to create and
   maintain community in your life?
 * If you live in an intentional community, has your group encountered
   any legal obstacles in your efforts to live according to your values?
 * How have zoning ordinances, building codes, and other regulations
   enhanced or limited your group's activities and its capacity to
   fulfill its collective vision?
 * Do you or your group fly "under the radar" in order to be a
   community, or in order to live more sustainably? (If so, we are
   happy to protect your identity by publishing pseudonymous or
   anonymous pieces, if that allows you to tell more of the story.)
 * How have fair housing laws, employment laws, or any other laws
   affected your community?
 * Has your community gone to court, due to either external challenges
   or internal conflict? Are lawsuits any part of your history or
   current reality?
 * What advice do you have for other groups when dealing with potential
   legal threats to a group's existence or smooth functioning?
 * What lessons can present-day communitarians draw from historical
   examples of legal issues encountered by past intentional communities?
 * Have you had experience with changing laws and ordinances, either
   locally or on a larger scale, in order to promote more community and
   more responsible ways of living?
 * On the larger scale, how do laws either encourage or discourage
   community in neighborhoods, cities, regions, countries, and globally?

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/
81868 Lost Valley Lane
Dexter, OR 97431
editor [at]

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