[permaculture] Call for Articles: Communities #153: Permaculture/Deadline August 19/11
Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
lakinroe at silcom.com
Wed Jun 1 10:53:50 EDT 2011
Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #153,
"Permaculture." The issue will be out in December 2011.
Please send your article idea to <mailto:editor at ic.org>editor at ic.org
by Friday, June 24, 2010, or sooner if possible.
Your final article must reach us by Friday, August 19, 2011.
1. Theme articles: Permaculture
possible questions to address (feel free to pick and choose or innovate):
Permaculture is a design system that seeks the harmonious,
sustainable integration of people with the natural world. Its
principles and practical applications encompass not only the
development of enduring agricultural systems but all aspects of
"permanent culture," from shelter, energy, and water systems to
economic and social institutions to human and ecological well-being.
Does your group aspire to incorporate permaculture in your lives? If
so, in what areas? And how?
Are you involved in permaculture education, or in teaching people
about practices that are aligned with permaculture (even if you don't
use that specific term)? How does a community setting lend itself (or
not) to teaching people about permaculture?
Does your community or group embody and demonstrate aspects of
permaculture, even if you don't offer formal courses?
What practical applications of permaculture have you or your group
been able to enact?
Has "permaculture" proven problematic or challenging for you or your
group? Do you find other systems more useful? What are the pitfalls
of a permacultural approach?
In land management, food growing, or other areas, have
permaculturalists in your community clashed with advocates of other
approaches? For example, have you debated the merits of introduced
nonnative plants in the landscape, forest gardening vs. production
agriculture, sheet mulching vs. tractor tillage?
What social aspects of permaculture does your group embody?
Does your group have a high rate of turnover? If so, what are the
implications for your permacultural aspirations? Can a shifting
population achieve social or ecological sustainability?
Does permaculture align or conflict with your contemporary local
culture? With indigenous traditions in your area? With "settler"
traditions in your area? With your country's broader culture? With
What are the challenges and reasons for hope in enacting permaculture
in our own lives, in our communities, and in the wider 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
[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
<mailto:editor at ic.org>editor at ic.org.
If you don't want to write an article but want to submit photos,
or contact Yulia Zarubina at <mailto:layout at ic.org>layout at 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,
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
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!
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