2022 Permafrost Book Prize In Nonfiction now accepting submissions!

We are very excited to announce that Joy Castro will judge our 2022 book prize in nonfiction.


Headshot of judge Joy Castro against a red background

Joy Castro is the author of seven books: the memoir The Truth Book (2005); the literary thrillers Hell or High Water (2012), Nearer Home (2013), and Flight Risk (2021); the essay collection Island of Bones (2013); the short story collection How Winter Began (2015); and the forthcoming historical novel One Brilliant Flame (2023). She edited Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family (2013), co-edited special issues of Brevity on gender and race, and serves as the founding series editor of Machete, a nonfiction series at The Ohio State University Press. A former Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University, she is the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she directs the Institute for Ethnic Studies and teaches creative writing, literature, and Latinx studies.

Since 2014, Permafrost Magazine has held an Annual Book Prize contest for the best manuscript (genre alternating each year). The winner of the contest receives $1000.00 and publication through the University of Alaska Press. Each year, the book prize genre alternates through poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.


The deadline to submit for the 2022 contest is October 1.