Submissions & Future Issues
You are cordially invited to submit an article, photograph, poem, graphic artwork, etc. to our magazine. If you would like to contribute an article, please familiarize yourself with our Writers' Guidelines and then send us your article idea via our web form. You may also contact us or make submissions by calling 541-937-5221
or writing Communities Magazine, 81868 Lost Valley Lane, Dexter, OR 97431.
Below is our most recent Call for Articles, including upcoming issue themes and general information about submitting articles and photos.
Call for Articles
Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #163, "Business Ventures in Community." The issue will be out in June 2014.
Please send your article idea by Monday, December 23, 2013.
Your final article must reach us by Friday, February 21, 2014.
1. Theme articles: Business Ventures in Community
possible questions to address (feel free to pick and choose or innovate):
- Does your community operate a business or businesses collectively? Do individuals or subgroups operate businesses? If so, what have been some of the successes, challenges, and lessons of your efforts?
- What are your experiences with any of the following endeavors in the context of intentional community (or within an extended community network or "intentional neighborhood"): conference, retreat, and/or event center; educational center or school; healing arts; consulting; mediation; facilitation; other types of service work?
- What are your group's experiences with agriculture, silviculture, or other land-based activities; building construction and design; manufacturing; publishing; wholesale or retail marketing; art and craft production; internet-based businesses; or others?
- Have you experienced conflict between cooperative ideals and competitive "business" values? Where does your community and the businesses operated within it fall on the spectrum of cooperative to competitive, egalitarian to hierarchical? Are you internal and external economic philosophies and practices aligned? Are pay scales level, or is there income disparity?
- Do your businesses express the core values of your community?
- How do businesses in community connect communitarians to the larger world?
- What are the business legacies and lessons of long-standing or historical intentional communities?
- What roles can communities and communitarians play in creating life-affirming, sustainable models of business in today's and tomorrow's world?
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.
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.
ranging from short vignettes to extensively-developed articles, and
also invite suggestions of recommended resources and article leads.
We’re seeking articles
a reader-friendly, popular-magazine style, rather than in an academic
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 familiarize yourself with our Writers' Guidelines--and let us know your article
idea so that we can
give feedback on how it may fit into Communities.
Roth, our editor, by email or call 541-937-5221.
you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please
consult our Photo Guidelines.
Article and Photo Submissions
- 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.
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.)
- 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.”
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 like taking
pictures, they might already have great images to go with your
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.
appreciate an author photo to accompany your short
(several-line) author bio.
No matter how you send us your photos, please remember to
information for the caption of each photo, as well as the full name of
whomever we should credit for the photo, including their community
name. Also, if there are people in the photo, then get permission to
use the photo in Communities magazine. A good caption includes
location, all the names of the people or group in the photo, and the
date if that applies. Also, please prepare to send high resolution
photos rarely will be usable.
consult our Photo
Guidelines for full details about our photo needs.
for your contributions, and have fun!
Content of the submitted images:
If the story is focused on a certain person or group,
a photograph of them. Always get as close to your subject as possible.
Photographs of your subjects engaged in their work or in their
environment make for interesting photos. We will assume that any people
in your photos have already given you permission to appear in
Communities magazine. If you think this will be a problem,
care of it before sending us photos.
You may also include additional, ambient photographs of a home,
table setting, food, art, or landscape, along with your people shots.
We are a magazine about people and communities, but every picture does
not need to have people in it. Maybe the image is a row of colorful
shoes next to a playground that suggests children, for example.
Modern digital cameras put the power of making beautiful images
in all our hands. Use the power and have fun!
- Cover photos: If you are
interested in submitting images for the cover, please study the Call
for Articles posted for that issue. The best way to achieve a winning
cover is to study the magazine. Be aware that your image must
work behind the masthead, cover titles, etc.—normally the top of the
image should not be vital to the image meaning. We are
seeking thought-provoking approaches to visually communicating
community—images which speak in new and interesting ways. Surprise us.
Think about what you would want to see/say on a newsstand. Feel free to
contact the Art Director with images or suggestions. You will need at
least a 6 MB camera at the highest resolution of capture for cover