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We only accept previously unpublished work.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.
Ends on January 15, 2018$20.00
$20.00

The Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction offers publication of a book length work of fiction (novel, novella, or short story collection), $1000, and distribution through University of Alaska Press.

Prize
 $1,000 and manuscript publication through UA Press. Winner and finalists will be notified in May of 2018.


Manuscript length
We prefer manuscripts that are a minimum of 150 pages. All entries will be read anonymously. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. The cover letter should include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. Novels, novellas, and short story collections are all welcome. Hard copies will not be considered. Please only submit an electronic copy via Submittable. 

Eligibility
The Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry welcomes manuscripts from 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 will be eligible for the prize. Those who currently are or have been students or faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks within the past three years also will be ineligible. 

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. 
Ends on April 15, 2018$15.00
$15.00

“In all the houses keys to memorizing objects and feelings had been written. But the system demanded so much vigilance and moral strength that many succumbed to the spell of an imaginary reality, one invented by themselves, which was less practical for them but more comforting.”

― Gabriel Garcí­a MárquezOne Hundred Years of Solitude


What kind of craziness can you turn into magic?

We at Permafrost are very excited to announce our third annual New Alchemy contest for all you derelicts out there. We are looking for new and innovative approaches to the creative process. That means anything goes.

We want your experiments: with language, with plot, with format, with medium. We’d love to read/see/hear your most exciting and daring projects, your collaborations, your darlings that don’t fit anywhere else, your basement-dwelling monsters revealed in all their grotesquery onto the medium of your choice. If you have been developing an interpretive dance that makes use of pesto, drone metal, and the classic aubade, WE WANT IT. If your words figuratively and/or literally fall off the page, GIVE IT TO US. All of it.

The details:

All formats welcome (including audio-visual)

Contest ends April 15, 2018


Winners will receive:

A $500 prize

Publication with Permafrost

A spot as a featured author on our website


Finalists will receive:

Publication with Permafrost

A spot as a featured author on our website

$3.00
$3.00

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.

$3.00
$3.00

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.

$3.00
$3.00

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.

$3.00
$3.00
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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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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