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Submissions must be previously unpublished (#) and submitted to Proximity for publication in one of the following categories: long-form (6,000 words maximum), mid-range (2,000 words maximum), flash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


The sister publication to Proximity, this weekly conversation around telling true stories brings interviews, reviews, craft essays, and the occasional personal essays together to explore nonfiction storytelling across form.  

True and Proximity will be relaunching with a new website, roster of contributing editors, and exciting new content in  June 2021.

Issue Theme: Fear

Deadline: September 1, 2021

Issue two is all about fear--fear of things, fear from things, fear coming from within, fear coming from without. Remember that at 3cents Magazine we are looking for works that can enter into a conversation with two other pieces, which is another way of saying we are looking for works that have something to say

We will publish a minimum of one "mini collection" but are open to several depending on the quality and quantity of submissions. We encourage you to submit work that pushes the boundaries of this issue's theme.

Be sure to read Issue 1 to better understand how we publish at 3cents Magazine. 

As always, we are looking for poetry, fiction/flash fiction, and creative nonfiction.

3cents Magazine's Submittable subscription is sponsored by Proximity Magazine.

We're seeking to build out a more robust team of book review editors and contributors for our weekly conversation around telling true stories -- true.mag, published by the team at Proximity. We've launched a new site for 'true' in June 2021 ( and are increasing our reach of book reviews and author interviews. We're looking for folks with an expertise or deep interest in literature coming from a particular region or country. However, we're also open to you pitching more specific intersections. We look forward to hearing from you!

Note: Editors typically curate 3 to 4 book reviews or author interviews each year. However, they can curate more if they choose.


After six years, Proximity has going through a lot of changes, but we're so positive about our future! Our next step -- to enhance our editorial team with a managing editor that can bring new energy and new ideas to the founding editors, senior editors, and guest editors who help bring our quarterly publication together. This individual will work closely with one of our founding editors and coordinate with TRUE's senior editors on a regular basis.

We're looking for a graduate student (MFA or PhD) -- or other emerging writers / editors -- who would like to serve as managing editor of our quarterly lit mag. If you're a self-starter, good communicator, like to stay organized, and have a passion for creative nonfiction and publishing, this position is perfect for you. The managing editor will focus their energies on managing the logistics of each issue and ongoing editorial team communication. This includes: 

  • the management of contracts, social accounts, submittable.
  • organizing our guest editing teams or our founding editors, overseeing workflow and timeline, layout assistance, editorial book review, etc..).
  • Managing a monthly editorial meeting and corresponding with both contributors and editros on a regular basis

If you have experience with wordpress, submittable, airtable, or any design/photographic programs, please let us know in your cover letter!

This position requires 5 hours of your time each week (but, the ebbs and flow of publishing mean many weeks will be less, but hours may be more around publication dates). We are a remote team. Historically, Proximity has been a 100% volunteer team, but. this position comes with a small honorarium. (to be discussed with candidates).

We hope you see this as an exciting opportunity to help a publication grow (and to grow with it!), to engage with emerging and established creative nonfiction writers on a regular basis, to grow as a developmentalal editor, and to increase your literary magazine editorial experience. If you're a grad student, we're happy to work with you and your department to make this "for credit," if possible.

Please email with any qustions.

Due: September 15th. 

Editor: Maggie Messitt and Guest Editor Garnette Cadogan
Issue Theme: Walking

Deadline: November 1, 2021

This submission call is inspired by the work found in Nonstop Metropolis and Cadogan's "Walking while Black." We encourage you to push boundaries and explore form. Consider maps. Consider time. Consider history. Consider the spaces you occupy and those you may not. Peel at the layers of your street, your neighborhood, your city, yourself.

We are looking for essays, narrative journalism, memoir, photo essays, visual art, audio storytelling, and documentary shorts. 

Guest Editor GARNETTE CADOGAN is the 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.

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. Messitt is currently the Mellon Fellow in Narrative Journalism at Denison University and she teaches in the Goucher College MFA program. 

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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