The Good Life’s essays embody this fundamental idea:

When we reflect on our individual experiences, we can find truth and cultivate power.

Essays on Creating the Good Life use personal experience to explore an idea of philosophical, political, cultural, or psychological importance. The topic does not need to be directly related to community development (though pointing out your idea’s implications for community development doesn’t hurt).

In differing and creative ways, essays should attempt to answer, “What makes a life, a community, or a society good?” For more information about topics explored in Creating the Good Life, click here.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Start with a story, a personal experience to prompt your reflection.
  2. Reflect on something bigger than your individual experience – something of philosophical, political, cultural, or scientific significance.
  3. Limit your essay to 3,000 words.
  4. Include a 2-3 sentence bio.
  5. Send qualifying submissions to

If your essay is accepted for publication, you will be notified within two weeks of submission. In some cases, we may ask for revisions before publication.

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