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.

Guidelines: Submissions must be previously unpublished (#) and submitted to Proximity for publication in one of the following categories: long-form (6,000 words maximum), mid-range (2,000 words maximum), flash (500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. #PleaseNote: Although we do not accept previously published work, we do make exceptions for book excerpts from books slated for publication or published no more than three years ago. ** See the Proximity website for frequently asked questions.

Issue 19 | 2018 Prize Issue — THE BODY
Editors: Carrie Kilman, Towles Kintz, Shasta Grant, and Maggie Messitt
Personal Essay Prize Deadline: August 15, 2018 August 31, 2018 (at 11:30pm EST)
Narrative Journalism Prize Deadline: August 15, 2018 August 31, 2018 (at 11:30pm EST)
Editors’ Choice Book Prize Deadline: August 15, 2018 August 31, 2018 (at 11:30pm EST)
Prize Judges: Hanif Abdurraqib (Essay Prize) and TBD (Narrative Journalism Prize)

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?

[Narrative Journalism & Personal Essay Prize Entry Fee] $5, multiple entries accepted.

[Editors’ Choice Book Prize Entry Fee] $10

[Prize Details] Submissions will be accepted separately: Personal Essay Prize, Narrative Journalism Prize, or Editors’ Choice Book Prize. 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 19.

Learn more about our Editorial team here.

Issue 20 | Theme: AGING
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 Room, The New Quarterly, and Best Canadian Essays. Her essay “Tongues” was included within Room Magazine’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 at 826 Valencia and 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 Books, National Post, among others, and has aired on CBC. (@turnmaria)

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A Note from our Editors — Issue 18, our Annual Prizes, Submission Calls & more!   Read