Each year, we publish Sustainable Lehigh Valley, which is both a directory of organizations and agencies that promote sustainable communities and a forum for writers and artists to share their work. We distribute about 6,000 copies at sustainability-related events and venues — and directly to people with an interest in sustainability, including students, faculty, and staff at local colleges & universities.
We publish 8–10 essays each year, with illustrations when possible. We also include incidental art throughout the booklet and welcome designs for the front cover. (See below for more detailed specifications.)
Please send any queries to SLVfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Submissions received after February 1 may be considered for the following year.
We are looking for essays of 750–900 words.
Consider what it would be like to create a sustainable future and the importance of connections among different fields and topics. What is your vision of a sustainable future and what we need to do to achieve that vision? How can we overcome the business-as-usual mindset that prevents real progress, even among people who believe in the need for sustainability?
The Alliance has a broad view of sustainability, as outlined in our vision, mission, & goals. In the last few years, we have published essays on quite a variety of topics, including global warming & climate change, food (and its powerful connections to climate and health) education & schools, gender equality, militarism and war, the criminal justice system, and social justice & human rights. See the Voices of the Valley section for examples.
Please help raise awareness in the communities of the Lehigh Valley!
It’s difficult to predict how many submissions we will receive, so please let us us know what topic you want to discuss. (Writing samples or links to other pieces you’ve written are helpful.)
Send queries or submissions to SLVemail@example.com.
Note: We also publish selected essays directly on this website.
Because the booklet — except the cover — is printed in black & white, images that lend themselves to B&W or grayscale are most effective. Pen-and-ink and charcoal are generally good, but some watercolors, paintings, photographs, & other types of images can also work, even if originally created in color.
If you have drawings or other artwork you would like us to consider, please send a low-resolution photo or image first. Send all queries or submissions to SLVfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The cover is printed in full color, so this is a great opportunity for artwork to get a lot of attention. In general, we think the cover needs to serve as an eye-catcher that makes people want to look more closely and to include enough visual detail to give people an idea of what it’s about. See a couple of sample covers pasted below.
The artwork itself might be an existing piece from your portfolio, or you might make something just for this purpose. In several cases, artists have created an entire cover design, so that is also an opportunity.
Send all queries or submissions to SLVemail@example.com.