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Thank you for you interest in writing for the Permaculture Activist,
the world's longest running journal on permaculture and related subjects.
The following guidelines will help you prepare and submit materials for publication consideration.
    Upcoming Themes & Submission Deadlines:
#96, Building the Solar Economy, March 1, 2015
       #97, Life on the Edge, June 1, 2015

#98, Decolonizing Permaculture, September, 1, 2015

Please read guidelines below before submitting material. Thank you.


Deadlines & Publication Schedule
 We publish 4 issues per year. Deadlines for ads and article submissions are:
 March 1
June 1
September 1
December 1
 Magazines are mailed to subscribers and news stands about 8 weeks after deadline:


The 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 listings.

- 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.

Submission 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.


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 published.
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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").

Upon 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.

While 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

Many thanks for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

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