Ends on August 31, 2018

$5.00 USD

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


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. <<

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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.