As the editors of the farthest north literary magazine, we’ve chosen an unconventional, expansive place to live. That, too, is what we seek in your submissions. 

This is especially to say: we are not particularly interested in reading obvious, Alaska-themed work (i.e. snowflakes, polar bear romances, and your tormented ice-capped heartcicles). We get plenty of polar saturation from the Great White North everyday. We want the far-reaching, skittish, and confused/confusing. We want the crystalline and devastating. We want the sickly, the sweet, but not the sickly sweet. We want things to get ugly, or maybe beautiful. Give us the stuff you tucked away in the folder you hesitate to open on the weekdays--the pieces you scour and revise during weekend binges. You know, the intense 3am-on-a-Saturday, ersatz pieces. Push us with your intricate language, your lyrical alchemy. That’s what we’re looking for. Let’s get weird with it. 


We only accept previously unpublished work. We accept simultaneous submissions and you are welcome to send as many submissions as you like, but let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere as soon as it does. We’re looking for flash essays, prose poems, hermit-crab stories, lyric essays, lists, anecdotes about your creepy uncle. All of it. Send us work without boundaries, art that leaves us with questions, and words that resonate with us--train whistles echoing through the valley. 

Back issues of Permafrost can be ordered for $5 each (please specify issue and volume number). See the website (permafrostmag.com) for information on past issues.

Pass contributors to Permafrost should use the back issue category to purchase issues they were published in at the discounted rate ($5 per issue).  Be sure to specify volume and issue number in the comments section. 

Please note that only one back issue can be purchased at a time. To purchase multiple copies, please fill out this form multiple times or see our website for mail order instructions: http://permafrostmag.com/subscribe/
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We like it weird and we hate boundaries, which is why we live in Alaska. We’re looking for pieces that make us rethink everything we thought we knew about language and genre. Think: nonfiction prose poems, stories in verse, graphic essays, collages, writing that would best be displayed in an art gallery. Surprise and mesmerize us. 

Hybrid submissions may be up to 8,000 words. 

If you are using visuals, make sure that you have the necessary copyrights.

We are currently accepting unsolicited hybrid works for our upcoming print issue.


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We like it weird and we hate boundaries, which is why we live in Alaska. We’re looking for pieces that do not shy away from pushing the envelope. Send us your best or your weirdest work. We'd especially like to see some experimental film photography right now.

We are currently accepting unsolicited artwork for our upcoming print issue.

Do not use this form to submit writing; only artwork, please and thank you.

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We like it weird and we hate boundaries, which is why we live in Alaska. When it comes to nonfiction, more than anything, we look at language. It needs to be precise, eloquent, musical--it should sound good to the ear and feel good in the mouth. We have a soft spot for flash memoir, hermit-crab writing, lyric essays, or really anything that pushes the limits of genre and that is driven by deep and powerful thinking. We would love to see your speculative nonfiction.

Nonfiction submissions may include one piece up to 8,000 words or up to three flash pieces (less than 1,000 words each) in each submission.

If you are using visuals, make sure that you have the necessary copyrights.

We are currently accepting unsolicited nonfiction works for our upcoming print issue.

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