About the New Alchemy Contest


“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 Garcí ­a Márquez,  One 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 closes April 15, 2020

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 

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