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Submissions must be previously unpublished (#) and submitted to Proximity for publication in one of the following categories: long-form (6,000 words maximum), mid-range (2,000 words maximum), flash (500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: Transformation
Deadline: April 30, 2023
Issue 6 is about transformation. As far as themes go, this one has us excited. We’re looking for work that explores the power and complexity of experiencing thorough, substantive, and dramatic change. We hope to see work that explores transformation in literal and figurative ways. 

Remember that at 3cents Magazine we are looking for works that can enter into a conversation with two other pieces--works that have something to say

We will publish a minimum of one "mini collection" of three pieces from different writers (one poetry, one fiction, and one nonfiction) 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. 

Take a look at our previous issues to better understand how and what we publish. Thank you for your interest. 3cents Magazine's Submittable subscription is sponsored by Proximity Magazine.

True -- a weekly conversation around telling true stories -- is accepting pitches for reviews of anything nonfiction (books, documentary, stage-storytelling, a gallery exhibit, etc.), interviews with nonfiction storytellers of any kind, craft essays, and original works of nonfiction (audio, video, essay, journalism, etc.).

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.

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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