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Submissions must be previously unpublished (#) and submitted to Proximity for publication in one of the following categories: long-form (6,000 words maximum), mid-range (2,000 words maximum), flash (500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 January 31, 2019

Editor: Maggie Messitt and Guest Editor Garentte Cadogan
Deadline: January 30, 2019

Details coming soon

Guest Editor GARNETTE CADOGAN is the 2017-2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. His current research explores the promise and perils of urban life, the vitality and inequality of cities, and the challenges of pluralism. He writes about culture and the arts for Freeman’s, Literary Hub, New York Review of Books, and others. He is the editor-at-large of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (co-edited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro) and is at work on a book on walking.

Founding Editor MAGGIE MESSITT is passionate about narratives most storytellers pass over and places most people will never visit. She spent eight years in South Africa as a freelance journalist, newspaper and magazine editor, and the director of a writing school for women. Most recently, her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Teaching Tolerance, River Teeth, and elsewhere. Longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, The Rainy Season is her first book. She is currently the National Director of Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project, teaches in the Goucher College MFA program, and is finishing her next book, a hybrid of investigation and memoir. She splits her time between Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. (@maggiemessitt)

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. 
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