Ends on July 1, 2017

$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 2017 Proximity Personal Essay Prize and Narrative Journalism Prize.


The 2017 Proximity Narrative Journalism Prize

Theme: WORK

Judge: Ted Conover

Ted Conover‘s Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Immersion: A Writer’s Guide to Going Deep. Conover is also the author of Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes, Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders with America’s Mexican Migrants, Whiteout, and The Routes of Man. He contributes to the New York Times Magazine, Harpers, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and other publications. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University.


For its second annual prize issue, Proximity Magazine is looking for true stories that explore the theme of WORK. Work defines our lives and our livelihoods. Work is labor. Work is art. Work is paid or unpaid, public or private or under the table. Work is at the heart of healthy relationships. Work puts food on the table. Work takes us out of our comfort zones. Work is political.

We’re looking for true stories that explore the many interpretations of WORK. All in a day’s work. Hard work. Dirty work. Grunt work. A piece of work. Work spouse. It’s good work if you can get it. Work your ass off. Work your way up. Keep up the good work. Work out. Work nights. Work like a dog. Work yourself up. Work wonders. Work together. Work ’til you drop.

As always, we seek stories across a wide range of forms with a strong sense of place — so keep that in mind as you send us your personal essays, photo essays, reportage, flash nonfiction, true poems, and multimedia around the theme of WORK.

Do you have a WORK story to share? We want to read it (or see it, or take a listen).

Deadline: July 1, 2017

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 2018. 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 16.

>> 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, we do make exceptions for book excerpts from memoirs / narrative nonfiction / essay collections slated for publication or published no more than three years ago.


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