Located at 64° 50′ N, 198 miles from the Arctic Circle, Permafrost Magazine is the farthest north literary journal for writing and the arts.

We’re proud of Permafrost’s forty years as interior Alaska’s foremost literary magazine.

Founded in 1977, Permafrost is housed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks MFA program, and run by dedicated creative writing graduate students. We publish a winter online issue as well as a spring print issue, both of which feature compelling poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by established writers and new voices alike.

In Alaska, our unique environment shapes our perspective, but Permafrost seeks original voices from all over the world.

Read Permafrost Online


Here at Permafrost, we grappled with the art of seclusion, not realizing how deeply isolation would creep into all of our lives. Now, our latest online issue of Permafrost arrives with the new sunshine and lengthening days in Fairbanks, Alaska. Coming into a hopeful spring, we bring you a group of deeply reflective, wonderful pieces which blur the boundaries of genre and form to capture the essence of these strange years we’ve shared. These pieces–we hope–find you still learning, still dreaming, and blooming anew. Read Permafrost Issue 43.2: the Catalog of Sorrows, out right now.

Permafrost in Print


Explore print issues of Permafrost dating back to 2012, and order copies of your favorites. Back issues of Permafrost can be purchased for $5 each through our Submittable website – just have the issue and volume number you’re interested in handy.