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Submissions must be previously unpublished (#) and submitted to Proximity for publication in one of the following categories: long-form (6,000 words maximum), mid-range (2,000 words maximum), flash (500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 August 31, 2018

Editor: Leonarda Carranza, Danielle Daniel, and Maria Turner (Guest Editors)

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Proximity is looking for true stories that explore the concept of aging, either your own experience or how you are dealing with the aging of those around you — grandparents, parents, old friends, your dog, or even a beloved possession.

Aging as a process. Aging as a place. Aging across cultures or belief systems. We're looking for in-depth stories that analyze and reflect upon your own feelings about aging and how your community or culture approaches it.  And don’t forget: Proximity seeks a strong sense of place, so keep that in mind as you send us your essays, images, reportage, and multimedia around the theme of AGING.


Guest Editor LEONARDA CARRANZA holds a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, where her research examined the experience of racial injury through the lens of humiliation and shaming. In her writing, she draws on experiences of migration, loss and unbelonging. Her writing has been published in RoomThe New Quarterly, and Best Canadian Essays. Her essay “Tongues” was included within RoomMagazine’s first women of colour edition. (@Leonarda_Carr)

Guest Editor DANIELLE DANIEL is the author of The Dependent: A Memoir of Marriage & the Military, shortlisted for the 2017 Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award. Her essays have been published in Room, the 40th Anniversary Room Anthology, and shortlisted for the 2015 Event CNF contest. She is the author-illustrator of two picture books: Once in a Blue Moon & Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, finalist for the First Nation Communities Read Award, the Blue Spruce Award, and a New York Public Library 2015 Notable Title. An MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, Danielle lives in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. (@daniellefdaniel)

Guest Editor MARIA SCHAMIS TURNER is a freelance writer and editor based in Montreal. She is vice-president of the Creative Nonfiction Collective and co-producer of This Really Happened, a live true storytelling event. She is also associate producer and host of the podcast First Day Back. Maria has taught writing and storytelling at 826 Valencia, and personal essay and memoir writing to adults in Montreal, including parents at the Montreal Neurological Institute. She is co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Carte Blance, the Quebec-based literary magazine. Her writing has appeared in the Fourth Genre, Globe and Mail, Montreal Review of BooksNational Post, among others, and has aired on CBC. (@turnmaria)

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. 

Out of respect for the wide spectrum of creative nonfiction, we’ve decided to split this contest in two, affording us the opportunity to recognize the best in both personal and documentary storytelling. We’re pleased to announce: The 2018 Proximity Personal Essay Prize and Narrative Journalism Prize.


The 2018 Proximity Narrative Journalism Prize

Theme: THE BODY

Judge: Announcement coming in June! (Past Judges: Bronwen Dickey and Ted Conover)

For our third annual prize issue, Proximity is looking for true stories that explore the theme of THE BODY.

Our bodies hold our deepest secrets and our greatest joys. They lead us on adventures and temper our dreams; they teach us to persevere and allow us to be surprised by our own resilience; they limit and empower. Bodies can be both desecrated and exalted. They offer stories of boundless inspiration and boundless tragedy. 

In this issue, we hope to explore these and other interpretations of physicality: what our bodies do for us and for others, how we use and abuse them, how we approach limitations or push ourselves to the edge of what we thought possible - or both. In what ways are our bodies being acted upon? And, in what ways do we create a collective around “the body” — the body politic? 

Our physicality defines and informs our perspectives, and the essays, photo essays, reportage, flash nonfiction, true poems, and multimedia submitted for this  issue should work to do the same.    

As always, we seek stories with a strong sense of place, well-connected with the chosen theme. 


Deadline: August 31, 2018

Entry Fee: $5, multiple entries accepted.
Each Prize winner will be awarded $200. Entry fees go toward this award, and any fees that push past the cost of running this contest will be put forth to pay Proximity writers in 2019. Finalists will be announced in advance. Winners will be announced in October, the day of publication. All finalists will be published in our annual anthology and a selection among them will be published in Issue 19. Note: We have been working on anthologies for all of our prizes -- a new venture for our team -- and we're excited to launch all three together. This is your opportunity to be included in that initial trio launch!


>> For details on word count, multiple submissions, previously published work, and other questions you might have, please visit our Prize information page and FAQs. We also advise that you familiarize yourself with Proximity's past issues. <<

* * *

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 for these contests.

Out of respect for the wide spectrum of creative nonfiction, we've hosted two prizes each year, affording us the opportunity to recognize the best in both personal and documentary storytelling. However, based on the submissions of our first two contests, we have decided to add a third contest to recognize book excerpts from nonfiction published between 2013 and 2018.



The 2018 Proximity Editors' Choice Book Prize
Theme: THE BODY
Judge: This will be judged by Proximity editors, as well as two outside authors who will remain unnamed until the date of publication. 


For our third annual prize issue, Proximity is looking for true stories that explore the theme of THE BODY.


Our bodies hold our deepest secrets and our greatest joys. They lead us on adventures and temper our dreams; they teach us to persevere and allow us to be surprised by our own resilience; they limit and empower. Bodies can be both desecrated and exalted. They offer stories of boundless inspiration and boundless tragedy. 


In this issue, we hope to explore these and other interpretations of physicality: what our bodies do for us and for others, how we use and abuse them, how we approach limitations or push ourselves to the edge of what we thought possible - or both. In what ways are our bodies being acted upon? And, in what ways do we create a collective around “the body” — the body politic? 


Our physicality defines and informs our perspectives, and your book excerpts for this issue/prize should work to do the same.    


As always, we seek stories with a strong sense of place, well-connected with the chosen theme. And your book excerpts should be no longer than 6000 words.

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Entry Fee: $10, multiple entries accepted.
Each Prize winner will be awarded $200. Entry fees go toward this award, and any fees that push past the cost of running this contest will be put forth to pay Proximity writers in 2019. Finalists will be announced in advance. Winners will be announced in October, the day of publication. All finalists will be published in our annual anthology and a selection among them will be published in Issue 19. Note: We have been working on anthologies for all of our prizes -- a new venture for our team -- and we're excited to launch all three together. This is your opportunity to be included in that initial trio launch!

>> For details on word count, multiple submissions, previously published work, and other questions you might have, please visit our Prize information page and FAQs. We also advise that you familiarize yourself with Proximity's past issues. <<

* * *

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 for these contests.
 

Out of respect for the wide spectrum of creative nonfiction, we’ve decided to split this contest in two, affording us the opportunity to recognize the best in both personal and documentary storytelling. We’re pleased to announce: The 2018 Narrative Journalism Prize and Personal Essay Prize.


The 2018 Proximity Personal Essay Prize
Theme: THE BODY
Judge: Announcement coming in June! (Past Judges: Adriana E. Ramírez and Paul Lisicky)


For our third annual prize issue, Proximity is looking for true stories that explore the theme of THE BODY.


Our bodies hold our deepest secrets and our greatest joys. They lead us on adventures and temper our dreams; they teach us to persevere and allow us to be surprised by our own resilience; they limit and empower. Bodies can be both desecrated and exalted. They offer stories of boundless inspiration and boundless tragedy. 


In this issue, we hope to explore these and other interpretations of physicality: what our bodies do for us and for others, how we use and abuse them, how we approach limitations or push ourselves to the edge of what we thought possible - or both. In what ways are our bodies being acted upon? And, in what ways do we create a collective around “the body” — the body politic? 


Our physicality defines and informs our perspectives, and the essays, photo essays, reportage, flash nonfiction, true poems, and multimedia submitted for this  issue should work to do the same.    


As always, we seek stories with a strong sense of place, well-connected with the chosen theme.

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Entry Fee: $5, multiple entries accepted.
Each Prize winner will be awarded $200. Entry fees go toward this award, and any fees that push past the cost of running this contest will be put forth to pay Proximity writers in 2019. Finalists will be announced in advance. Winners will be announced in October, the day of publication. All finalists will be published in our annual anthology and a selection among them will be published in Issue 19. Note: We have been working on anthologies for all of our prizes -- a new venture for our team -- and we're excited to launch all three together. This is your opportunity to be included in that initial trio launch!


>> For details on word count, multiple submissions, previously published work, and other questions you might have, please visit our Prize information page and FAQs. We also advise that you familiarize yourself with Proximity's past issues. <<

* * *

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 for these contests.
 

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