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We only accept previously unpublished work.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.

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.

$1,000 and manuscript publication through UA Press. Winner and finalists will be notified in June of 2021.

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. 


The Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction 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.

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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.

Back issues of Permafrost can be ordered for $5 each (please specify issue and volume number). See the website ( 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:
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