Submissions Guidelines

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Format and Publication Schedule

After the third issue of Deep Times, we moved to a twice a year publication schedule and a web-based edition to make the articles more readable and accessible.  We regret that we cannot regularly publish a print edition. The design and layout for a web-based journal is quite different from what is needed for print, and the sales of the print edition of the first two issues were insufficient to support the expense.  We still have beautiful hard copies of the Spring and Summer 2016 issues for sale for people who prefer to read from paper.  It is also possible to print out individual stories from this web-based issue.  In future, as resources allow, we may publish print editions for special issues.

As of the February 1, 2018 issue, we plan to publish in February and August, although that can change due to the vicissitudes of life.

Submission Guidelines

Deep Times: A Journal of the Work That Reconnects welcomes articles and interviews related to the Work That Reconnects (also called Active Hope in some parts of the world): its theory, applications, use with various populations, etc. We also accept poems,   articles, and artwork addressing one of the stages of the Spiral: gratitude, honoring our pain for the world, seeing with new/ancient eyes, and going forth in service to life.  We welcome news from the Work That Reconnects Network, as well as reviews of books, music, and other resources.

Topics may include:

  • gratitude for Earth and for the ecological/social justice movement,
  • The Great Turning,
  • honoring our pain for the world, and the Great Unraveling,
  • deep time or the Fourth Time (past, present, and future as one),
  • systems thinking (thinking like an ecosystem),
  • deep ecology (the wisdom of honoring all life as sacred circle),
  • undoing oppression and racism; addressing power and privilege,
  • paticca samuppada (mutual causality, dependent co-arising, or interbeing),
  • the shift in perception of flows vs. things,
  • our collective work to create new systems, especially those welcoming to all peoples and cultures,
  • preserving the good and holding actions to stop destruction,
  • how we clarify our roles as agents of the Great Turning towards a life sustaining and just culture, and
  • how the Work That Reconnects is related to other traditions and systems of thought, e.g. ecopsychology and indigenous teachings.

We give preference to work submitted by practitioners of the Work That Reconnects, including writings by practitioners that have been translated into English.

Length: for essays or interviews: 500 to 2000 words.  Submit at least two months prior to expected publication date by using the the WTR contact form.

The editorial team will review your submission and decide whether it fits our criteria as well as the theme of the upcoming issue.  In some cases, we may suggest publishing your piece in a later issue that has a more closely related theme.

Upon acceptance, please send a 100 word bio and headshot (400 kb file) for our contributor information.  One of our editors will communicate with you with requests for any changes or revisions needed.

Attention to the use of “we.”

All too often, writers make generalizations about what “we” experience, without defining who the “we” includes.  For example, someone might write about how “we are cut off from nature”, but this might not be true for many indigenous people.
That sentence could be reworded in one of these ways: “Many of us living in the Industrial Growth Society….” or “People who identify as white….”  or  other phrases that identify the group that “we” includes.  The effort is worthy, because one expands one’s sense of the diversity of human experience, rather than generalizing from a white American or European perspective.  And one has to think more specifically about what is meant by “we”.
Of course, there are uses of “we” that don’t fall into this category; for example: “we are all interconnected.”  That’s true of all humans–and all life!