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Communities seeks articles on spirituality 
23rd-Sep-2011 05:56 pm
Communities magazine is seeking articles on spirituality in communal living. This market doesn't pay in cash but does provide several comp copies or a year's subscription, which is nice barter for a short article.

Communities</font> magazine is now seeking articles for issue #154, "Spirituality." The issue will be out in March 2012. Please send your article idea to editor@ic.org by Monday, September 26, 2011.

Your final article must reach us by Friday, November 18, 2011.

1. Theme articles: Spirituality
possible questions to address (feel free to pick and choose or innovate):
  • What is your community or group's relationship to spirituality?
  • Does your group have a shared spiritual or religious outlook/practice? Is it a unifying force for you? Or are members' approaches more diverse and eclectic?
  • If you are in a non-spiritually-focused group, do you find that members are tolerant of one another's spiritual practices (if any)? Supportive of them? Annoyed by them?
  • Does your group have biases in favor of or against any particular types of spirituality or religion?
  • Does community living make it easier to follow your individual spiritual practice? Or more difficult?
  • Do you find that living or working in an intentional community or other cooperative group is itself a spiritual practice?
  • How important is ritual in bringing you together as a group and ensuring community cohesion? What kinds of ritual (whether daily or occasional) are especially powerful or important for you?
  • What challenges does spirituality, and/or lack of it, pose to a group?
  • If your group has a unifying spiritual mission, do you also have a central spiritual leader or teacher? What are the power relationships in your group: hierarchical, egalitarian, or something in between? How do these power relationships reflect, support, or detract from your shared spiritual path?
  • If you are part of a traditional spiritual or religious group, in what ways has it given you a sense of community?
  • How can faith communities contribute to bringing about a more sustainable, cooperative world? What challenges do they face?

Please remember that we are looking for stories, personal experiences, and concrete examples in your answers—these are what will make your 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 check http://communities.ic.org/submit.php or contact us for our full Writers' Guidelinesand let us know your article idea so that we can give feedback on how it may fit into Communities. Contact Chris Roth at editor@ic.org.

If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please check http://communities.ic.org/submit.php or contact Yulia Zarubina at layout@ic.org 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: communities.ic.org."

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 http://communities.ic.org/submit.php 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
Chris Roth
Editor, Communities
81868 Lost Valley Lane
Dexter, OR 97431

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