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May, August, November, and February.
Print Circulation: ~3,600 per issue
Estimated Readership: ~10,000 per issue
Website Visitors: ~13,500 monthly
Upcoming Themes & dEADLINES:
#127 38th Anniversary Issue Feb. 2023
#128 Climate Change May 2023
#129 Animals in Permaculture Aug. 2023
#130 Useful Plants Nov. 2023
#131 Getting Around: Transport Feb. 2024
#132 Energy May 2024
SUBMITTING WRITTEN MATERIAL
Thank you for you interest in writing for Permaculture Design Magazine
(formerly Permaculture Activist), the world’s longest running journal
on permaculture and related subjects.
We accept 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.
The following guidelines will help you prepare and submit materials for publication consideration.
* Please note that due to page limitations, we cannot guarantee that any submission, even one
which the editors have solicited, will be published. While we make every effort to plan appropriately, it is not always possible to publish every article we receive.
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 500 to 1,200 words in length.
“From the Regions”
“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.
Advance 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 published.
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.
Editing Your Work
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.
Photos and Graphics
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 Permaculture Design magazine. 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 us constitutes the writer’s guarantee that all permissions have been granted. Writers are responsible for supplying theus with all credits for use of others’ work (e.g. “photo courtesy of _______” or “excerpt used with permission of the author”).
Upon publication, Permaculture Design Magazine 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 us (which we almost always grant) and your materials when published elsewhere must include the credit “Originally published in Permaculture Design or Permaculture Activist.”