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We only accept previously unpublished work.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 read anonymously, so be sure to leave your name off the manuscript. 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.
Please include Issue Number you are requesting, as well as a clear address.

  Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry

 

  The Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry offers publication of a book length collection of poems, $1,000, and distribution through University of Alaska Press.


 Judge

  The final judge for this contest will be Elizabeth Bradfield.

 www.ebradfield.com 

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of the four books, most recently Toward Antarctica, and her work has been published in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere. Her honors include the Audre Lorde Prize from the Publishing Triangle, a Stegner fellowship, and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Founder of Broadsided Press, she works as a naturalist/guide locally as well as on expedition ships and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.


 Eligibility

  The Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry welcomes manuscripts by any writer, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere. No past or present editorial staff members of Permafrost or the University of Alaska Press or current faculty or student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be eligible for the prize.

 

 When to Send

  The deadline for submitting is March 15, 2020.

 

 Manuscripts

  We prefer that manuscripts are at least 50 pages long.

 

  All entries will be read anonymously. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Please include two cover pages: one listing only the title of the manuscript, and the other listing the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. An acknowledgements page listing the publication history of individual poems may be included, if desired.

 Electronic submissions only. Hard copies will not be considered. 

 

 Entry Fee

  Contest entry fee is $20.

 

 Notification

  Winners will be notified in May of 2020.

 

 Criteria and Code of Ethics

  The criteria for choosing final manuscripts will be the best work submitted.

 

  As a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), the Permafrost book prize contest carefully follows the CLMP guide for ethical contests by providing clear contest guidelines and a published transparency of process. The series will ensure that all manuscripts are submitted to judges and reviewers anonymously to avoid conflicts of interest. 

 

 Selection Process

  The Book Series Coordinator will track all manuscripts and prepare to send them to initial screeners who will read and rank manuscripts. During the first two years, the Coordinator duties will be shared by the Permafrost Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor. The initial screeners may consist of UAF graduate students, adjuncts, faculty, and appropriate community writers including UAF MFA graduates. Screeners will provide a list of top three choices and three alternatives. The top three from each reader in each genre will then be read by the Series Editorial Staff (comprised of Book Series Coordinators, Series Editors, Permafrost Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor and Permafrost Faculty Advisor) and narrowed to between 6-12 manuscripts. These manuscripts will then be forwarded to 2 advisory board members in each genre, who will comment on each manuscript and award ten points as they see fit. These comments and the finalists will then be forwarded to final judge.

 

  For questions, email editor@permafrostmag.com


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Like many people, we’d rather read an interesting failure than something safe and boring, but interesting successes are really what we’re after here. Engage us. Challenge our perceptions. Increase our capacity for empathy. Make us aware of prejudices we didn’t know we had. Teach us how to see beauty in the way that you do. Fiction 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.

Submissions received between May 1 and October 31 will be considered for the Winter Print Issue. Submissions received between November 1 and April 30 will be considered for the Summer Online Issue.

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Here in the heart of Alaska, we pride ourselves on that perfect balance of warmth and danger, and we hope to find the same in your poems. It’s ok if your words climb into velvet heels at night, so long as the feet are muddy and well-traveled. We’re looking for fresh language and imagery, an element of risk, and compelling narratives. Poetry does NOT need to be double spaced; please submit it as you would like it to appear. Please do not submit more than five poems at once.

Submissions received between May 1 and October 31 will be considered for the Winter Print Issue. Submissions received between November 1 and April 30 will be considered for the Summer Online Issue.

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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. Though we are most interested in essays, we have a soft spot for flash memoir, hermit-crab writing, or really anything that pushes the limits of genre and that is driven by deep and powerful thinking.

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.

Submissions received between May 1 and October 31 will be considered for the Winter Print Issue. Submissions received between November 1 and April 30 will be considered for the Summer Online Issue.

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We like it weird and we hate boundaries, which is why we live in Alaska. We’re looking for play with words that makes us rethink everything we know about language and genre. Nonfiction prose poems, stories in verse, graphic essays. Surprise and mesmerize us. Hybrid submissions may be up to 8,000 words. If using visuals, make sure that you have the necessary copyrights.

Submissions received between May 1 and October 31 will be considered for the Winter Print Issue. Submissions received between November 1 and April 30 will be considered for the Summer Online Issue.


Photographs, drawings, cover art, etc. will be considered.

Submissions received between May 1 and October 31 will be considered for the Winter Print Issue. Submissions received between November 1 and April 30 will be considered for the Summer Online Issue.

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