Activist accepts feature articles; book, video, and film
reviews; reports on conferences, convergences, and gatherings
of interest; brief news items, "From the Regions"; "Movement
Musings"; letters to the editor, and other materials.
Feature articles should be 1,500-3,000
words in length and on topics of the widest
possible interest that address the theme of the particular
issue (Upcoming themes and
deadlines for future issues are published in each
issue). We want experienced permaculturists to write
about what they know but if you write about your site,
project, course, etc., it must be of general interest
and application, not simply to promote yourself or your
work. Whenever possible, cite examples from other projects
or permaculturists with which you are familiar and give
practical details so that readers not only understand
your project but can cull and use information and techniques
you have used and perfected.
Important questions to consider and answer in your article
include: How did you do it? What was the design process?
Who participated? How long did it take? At what stage
is the project? What was learned from successes and
mistakes? How does the project embody specific permaculture
ethics and principles? What are the plans for the future?
Reviews of books, video, or film should
be from 500 to 1,200 words in length.
"From the Regions" items are brief
reports about news and happenings of interest in the
writer's area and may be submitted as news releases
or short features of between 800 and 1,000 words.
These items need not relate directly to the theme of
an issue. Items that relate to date-specific events,
courses, etc., should be submitted as calendar or events
Reports on convergences, conferences,
and gatherings of interest may be submitted as features
or as items for "From the Regions" if they reflect a
regional focus. These items need not relate directly
to the theme of an issue.
"Movement Musings" are akin to editorials
or they may report on aspects of permaculture education,
organization, or social and political impacts. They
should reflect the writer's views and experiences on
topics of interest in permaculture (1,000-1,500
words). These items do not need to relate directly
to the theme of an issue.
of materials to the Activist is not a guarantee of publication.
We use many criteria to select items to publish including,
but not limited to: relevance to the issue's theme, general
interest to readers, good writing and clear communication
of the subject, balance of subjects and geographic focus
or origin of articles in each issue, use of photos and
illustrations, and other considerations. We read all submissions
received by deadline but may decline to publish any item
or may hold a story for publication in a future issue.
We will notify writers of our decision in advance of publication.
We cannot be responsible to return unsolicited items.
NOTICE OF YOUR SUBMISSION
If you wish to submit an article, it is very important
that you let us know what you are thinking before the
deadline. A short e-mail or phone call outlining your
story idea is sufficient and helps us plan the content
of an issue in advance. We may ask you to include a specific
focus in your article. Advising us of your intentions
and ideas in advance will enhance your chances of being
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Permaculture Activist is a quarterly published in
February, May, August and November. Deadline for
submitting materials is the first of the month two months
prior to publication (e.g. December 1 is the deadline
for February, March 1 for May, June 1 for August, and
September 1 for November).
Materials submitted after deadlines will not be considered
for publication in the upcoming issue.
If you have questions about style, grammar, punctuation,
etc. please consult The Chicago Manual of Style (University
of Chicago Press). We really appreciate writers' submitting
materials in the style of the magazine.
We reserve the right to edit all materials submitted for
content, grammar, punctuation, length, clarity, and accuracy.
We may ask writers to fact check and provide additional
documentation and references of factual material included
in their work. If substantial edits are made, we will
make every effort to send the writer the edited version
in advance of publication for comments or may ask the
writer to revise or re-write. We will not contact writers
regarding edits for grammar, style, or punctuation.
If you are submitting photos, they should be in digital
format at 150 dpi, no smaller than 5"x7" format, no larger
than 8"x10", and saved as .tif or .jpg files. All photos
must be accompanied by captions identifying the subject
of the photo, location, and all people pictured. If you
have hard copy photos or slides you wish to submit, please
make arrangements with the editor well in advance. Graphics
should be as simple as possible with clear, bold lines,
good contrast, and as little screening as possible. We
prefer to receive graphics as .tif files.
Writers are solely responsible for obtaining permissions
for copyrighted or protected materials they submit to
the Activist. This includes quotes, lyrics, excerpts from
others' works, releases from people in photos, original
and protected artwork, etc. You must obtain all necessary
permissions before you submit your materials and submission
of them to the Activist constitutes the writer's guarantee
that all permissions have been granted. Writers are responsible
for supplying the Activist with all credits for use of
others' work (e.g. "photo courtesy of _______" or "excerpt
used with permission of the author").
publication, the Permaculture Activist owns first North
American publishing rights to your materials unless other
arrangements have been made with us in writing in advance.
This means that if you wish to have your material published
elsewhere, you must request permission from the Activist
(which we almost always grant) and your materials
when published elsewhere must include the credit "Originally
published in the Permaculture Activist." Materials republished
online must include a link to the Permaculture Activist.
we prefer to publish original, previously unpublished
work, we do consider materials that have been published
elsewhere, but you must disclose this upon submission
of your work and have secured permission for republication
in the Activist.
Please feel free to contact us if you have other questions
or thoughts at
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