Thank you for considering Proximity for the publication of your true stories. We encourage the submission of original work from everyone---especially women, writers of color, and marginalized individuals, including gender-nonconforming and LGBTQ writers. We are committed to intersectionality and our founding mission.

Submissions must be previously unpublished (#) and submitted to Proximity for publication in one of the following categories: long-form (6,000 words maximum), mid-range (2,000 words maximum), flash (500 words maximum), or photo essay/multimedia. Multiple submissions and alternative forms of true stories are welcome and encouraged. ** See the Proximity website for frequently asked questions.

#PleaseNote: Although we do not accept previously published work, we do make exceptions for book excerpts from memoirs / narrative nonfiction / essay collections slated for publication or published no more than three years ago.
Ends on October 15, 2017

Women will never stop discussing the complexities around being a mother and what motherhood (in its many forms) means for their professional life. Within the arts, there are a wide range of disciplines, each with their own subjective ways of determining an artist’s level of success. As individual artists, how do we define success within our practice, our community, and the greater art world? And, at the same time, how are we defining success as mothers?

As The Mother Load project enters its fifth year, we are creating a new way to engage in this dialogue through an anthology--a collection of essays by mother-artists. In collaboration with writer & editor Maggie Messitt, we will work to produce a collection that incorporates your stories and give personal narrative to the broader conversation about motherhood, artistic practice, and success. 

We are currently seeking potential contributors to this project and are collecting applications until September 15, 2017. As you answer the following questions, please consider what parts of your story you are most passionate about sharing. What aspect of your life as a mother-artists do you think about with the most emotional and intellectual energy? Was there a single incident that taught you something important and from which others could really benefit?  As this anthology focuses on sharing individual definitions of success, what are yours?

Your responses to the following questions will not only provide us with a writing sample, but it will assist our editorial team in determining the direction, if selected, you may (or can) take your essay. Selected contributors will work closely with our team throughout the writing and editing process (story inception, first draft, multiple edits, and a final essay for publication).

UPDATE: The deadline has been EXTENDED from September 15th to October 15th! Spread the word and don't forget to submit / apply!


NATALIE MACELLAIO is the Professor of Sculpture at Brookhaven Community College in Dallas, Texas.  Her work has been featured at 500x in Dallas, TX, HUB by Artisan in Barcelona, Spain and Accident Gallery in Euerka, CA.  Co-creator of “The Mother Load,” with Lesli Roberston, this collaboration is an on-going, international project that was exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art in fall 2014 and The Hannah Maclure Centre in Dundee, Scotland in February 2016.  Natalie has a Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Texas and currently resides in Plano, Texas, with her husband and twin 5-year olds.

MAGGIE MESSITT is the author of The Rainy Season, long-listed for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award in South Africa, where she was a journalist and editor for 8 years. Since returning to the United States, her essays and reportage have been published in Creative Nonfiction, Mother Jones, and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance magazine, among others. As an editor, she has worked with writers ranging from students to Pulitzer and Orange Prize winners, and has a long history of mentoring women and residents of underserved communities. Most recently the 2016 Oftsad Endowed Writer-in-Residence at Truman State University and the 2017 Creative Nonfiction judge for Oregon's Literary Arts Fellowships, Messitt teaches in the MFA programs at Chatham University (PA) and Goucher College (MD). She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her partner, also a writer, and two step-children--one-part dancer, one-part visual artist. 

LESLI ROBERTSON is an interdisciplinary artist. Her studio work and research focuses on textiles and their link to identity, making, and value. She has launched several interdisciplinary collaborative projects focused on Ugandan bark cloth, Sadu weavings of Kuwait, as well as other sustainable practices in the arts including the University of North Texas Natural Dye Garden, through national and international partnerships. Most recently she was awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant for her work in Kuwait and the University of North Texas Foundation Outstanding Lecturer Award. She is co-creator of The Mother Load and resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and 7-year-old son.

And, a big thank you to Proximity Magazine, a quarterly collection of true stories, for assisting us with submission collection and review.

The Proximity editorial team has decided to launch a new editorial fellowship program for readers, writers, and students seeking editorial experience with a literary magazine. Preference will be given to graduate students in creative writing, journalism, and editing programs, though others are encouraged to apply. This is an open application call for a virtual position with no deadline, but rather a rolling application process. Moving forward, each issue's editor will peruse the vault of applicants and select one fellow for that issue. Each fellow will commit to working with an issue editor for a minimum of three months. Fellows will be acknowledged on our masthead as an Editorial Assistant for that issue and assist with a wide-ranging set of tasks (reading submissions, social media marketing, final copy edits, coordinating with contributors, etc. -- no coffee fetching or copy machines here!). Each editor-assistant-editor relationship will differ in time commitment and tasks.

[[ ADDITION: Proximity's Managing Editor is looking for an assistant to help with some administrative duties, to assist our teams by reading each quarter's editorial book (the text of the issue before it goes into layout), and to organize the layout and image placement process (under the guidance of each issue's editor).This position would require a 12 month commitment. And, just to remind you: we're a 100% volunteer editorial team. If this interests you and you have previous experience editing images and using Wordpress, please complete our application here and note your interest in this position -- starting this fall (2017). ]]

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter.