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You are cordially invited to send submissions to SOMSP Newsletter, including articles, photographs, etc. If you would like to contribute, please familiarize yourself with our Article and Photo Guidelines below, and then send us your article idea via our contact form.

Call for Articles

We are now seeking article submissions to SOMSP Newsletter for issue no. 2. The issue will be out in December 2015. Please send us your article idea as soon as you can, before writing/submitting a full article. Your final article must reach us by  November 30 , 2015.

  • What are your personal experiences of  Mental Space Psychology,  either intentional or in some other form?
  • How have Mental Space Psychology affected your life?
  • What benefits and drawbacks have you found in Mental Space Psychology?
  • What lessons can others learn from your own experiences with Mental Space Psychology?

Please remember that we are looking for stories, personal experiences, and concrete examples in your responses—these are what will make ideas and observations most “real” and relevant to readers. 

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, etc.

II. Publication Rights. Once your article appears in SOMSP Newsletter, we own first Publishing Rights. This means your article appears in SOMSP Newsletter the first time it appears  In addition to appearing in SOMSP Newsletter, 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  SOMSP Newsletter, (date); for further information on SOMSP Newsletter. www.somsp.com

III. Photos. If we publish your article, we very much want it to be accompanied by 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 see our Photo Guidelines below. We also appreciate an author photo to accompany your short (several-line) author bio. Thanks for your contributions!  

Article Guidelines

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I. Article Content

Our Newsletter covers what people are learning about Mental Space Psychology

We are interested only in writing which directly or indirectly relates to Mental Space Psychology. This is important—we reject many pieces from people who have never seen the newsletter . 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 SOMSP Newsletter.. 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. We want to hear from anyone with a story to tell:  writers, people with specialized knowledge, or academic researchers.

II. What “Submitting” an Article Means

Before you start writing your article, please contact the editor with your story idea. We may be able to give you feedback on how to shape your article to give it the best chances of fitting into an upcoming issue. We also appreciate knowing in advance that an article will be submitted, so that we have a better overview of the material we may be considering for publication. 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. Because have more submissions than we can use, we will select the best-written, those that best fit our theme or other specific article needs, those that best complement the other stories in the issue, those that are least repetitive of recent SOMSP Newsletter pieces, and those with the most relevant, helpful information. We may edit, shorten, or not use your article, or publish it in a future issue. Most of the time we contact authors about this ahead of time and get their comments, corrections, etc.

III. Article Length

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, as well as in an academic style. We also welcome your suggestions for sidebars (shorter sections within the article set off in a box).

IV. Article Format

Please email your article to editor [AT] ic.org as an attachment in “.doc” format. Copyediting preferences: 1) single-spaced within paragraphs; 2) one space, not two, between sentences; 3) double-space between paragraphs.

passive voice, and replace passive construction with active construction whenever possible. (“Community members built a strawbale house” rather than “A strawbale house was built by community members.”)

V. Author Bio

Please also include two to three lines of autobiographical info. (where you live, your interests, community affiliations, contact info. or website if you choose to share it, etc.).

VI. Accompanying Photos

If we publish your article, we very much want it to be accompanied by compelling images that illustrate your subject. You know your subject best, so we are appealing to you for images. 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. If the story is focused on a certain person or group, include 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. Please consult our Photo Guidelines below for full details about our photo needs.