The Farthest North Literary Journal


Permafrost Magazine is the farthest north literary journal for writing and the arts, located at 64° 50′ N (198 miles from the Arctic Circle). We are a graduate student run journal associated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Issue 38.1

Look for our Summer 2016 online issue due out in August!

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 3:00am-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We only accept previously unpublished work.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.

Regular submissions for the print edition are read between May 1 and November 30. All pieces receive three anonymous independent readings from our staff of volunteer readers, all of whom are graduate students or faculty in the English Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

We accept electronic submissions for the online edition from December 1 through April 30.

You can submit online here: Please note that we charge a $3 fee for submitting online, which is comparable to the cost of postage and mailing materials and helps offset some of the journal’s expenses.




Permafrost Magazine announces new Nonfiction Book Prize winner!

The University of Alaska Press will publish Anand Prahlad's The Secret Life of a Black Aspie, winner of the 2016 Permafrost Book Prize in Nonfiction.

Prahlad has published two books of poems, Hear My Story and Other Poems, and As Good As Mango, and has recently completed a new collection of poems,Hijra, which focuses on black, third gender identity. He has also published critical articles and books on Black folklore, including Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music, and African American Proverbs in Context, and he has edited the three volume set, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore, and the one volume encyclopedia on African American folklore for high schools. Songwriter and musician, Prahlad released his first CD, Hover Near, in 2008, and is working on a second CD. He teaches folklore, film, creative writing, and disability studies in the English Department at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he has been a professor since 1990, and is Director of the Creative Writing and Folklore Programs. For more details, visit his website:    

His winning entry for the Permafrost Book Prize was chosen from nearly 150 entries.

The prize is presented annually by Permafrost, a literary journal produced by graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The prize alternates annually between books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The UA Press publishes the winners’ work.

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