Spreading the Seeds — December 2022
Here’s what’s happening at Pollinate Magazine
This is it, folks. The end of another year. It’s been up, it’s been down. Let’s end on a high note with our theme for the month…prosperity.
POLLINATE MONTHLY SPECIAL SERIES — December 2022
Each month, we host a series of stories focusing on a central, topical theme. We present this theme to our writers and challenge them to consider this topic as it applies to their lives. Last month, we focused on the theme of Death. This month, we’re going to explore the theme of Prosperity.
What does prosperity mean to you? Do you feel prosperous? How do you cultivate a feeling of prosperity when you feel lacking?
The dictionary defines this word as “successful, wealthy, and materially thriving,” but it can be so much more than that, as well. What does spiritual prosperity look like? Environmental prosperity? Sexual prosperity? Creative prosperity?
We’d love to hear your thoughts. We’re looking for essays, articles, op-eds, poetry… Get creative! If you need some inspiration, check out our Spirituality section.
The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 12th. Please use the tag “PROSPERITY 2022.”
Everyone’s articles for this month’s theme will be published on Monday, December 19th. (See the note below to learn more about how our series publication process works.)
If you aren’t already writing for Pollinate but want to submit for consideration visit here and then contact Yael Wolfe at welcome[at]yaelwolfe[dot]com to ask to be added as a writer.
If you just want to read this series, join us by following along on Medium and Instagram.
A note about the monthly series:
Typically, we will publish all the articles on the third or fourth Monday of each month. This way, we can capture readers as they are engaging, giving them a chance to continue exploring the theme with other articles in the series. In other words, they can “binge” the material.
We find this attracts and retains readers more than a daily release of each article, and it allows us to publish as many articles as we can, whereas a daily release would limit that.
Each writer will be featured individually on Pollinate’s Instagram account, so every article gets its own “day in the spotlight.”
Important Updates for Our Writers
Check out Pollinate’s You Tube channel. We are releasing a series of videos on our updated editorial guidelines. Our guidelines are in sync with Medium’s editorial standards and therefore, are a great resource, whether you are writing for Pollinate or not.
Learn how to use Medium’s preferred formatting, best practices for presenting an article, and tips on how to capture and keep readers. Subscribe to make sure you don’t miss any!
Our Month in Review
NOVEMBER SPECIAL SERIES: DEATH
It might be a heavy subject, but we had a few beautiful submissions that explored this theme beautifully. Read about how all the little deaths make us who we are, explore the symbol of owls in the old goddess religions, and share in the grief of what it’s like to lose your parents before they have actually left this world.
You can read everything here.
Publishing Outside the Series
Pollinate always welcomes submissions that don’t fit into the monthly series, but that focus on one of our regular topics: Spirituality, Relationships, Sexuality, Culture, or Nature. Please be sure to use the appropriate topic as a tag.
Pollinate Scribes’ Hive
Just a quick reminder about our Facebook group, Pollinate Scribes’ Hive. If you haven’t joined this private group yet, send a request. If you haven’t posted recently, let us know what you’re working on, what’s teasing your brain, what life looks like for you. We’re interested.
More About Pollinate Ritual
Pollinate Ritual helps humans create and maintain soul-centered communities. There are infinite ways to achieve this and we are exploring many of them at Pollinate Ritual with intentionality, ritual, and heart. We host a variety of events in localized communities throughout the year, ranging from hikes and forest adventures to soulful retreats, such as Pollinate Women’s Weekend. Whatever we do, we try to bring forth the true nature of community.
Pollinate Magazine is one of the ways we have created community, by bringing together writers as they share their thoughts, visions, and experiences on the page. The ritualistic nature of writing makes this a natural extension of the Pollinate experience — every writer, after all, goes through a similar process that leads them from inspiration to the finished product. Our monthly series allows us to create a community space around shared themes, harnessing the power of the ritual of writing.
Thank you so much for reading, thank you for writing, and thank you for being a part of this beautiful, soulful community. Each one of our voices contributes to this space and we are so grateful for each and every one of you.
Kathryn & Yael
Pollinate Editorial Staff
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