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Frost Zone Zine is a quarterly zine that is published in digital and print formats. The print issue is a digest size magazine that averages 75-100 pages.
What we do want:
(from About page) – The range of story types sought is broad: classic, gothic, supernatural, quiet, and psychological horror, near-future dystopian tales, other speculative fiction, realistic terror (extreme weather, danger in nature, being lost – to name a few), dark folklore and fairytale, dark fantasy, dark literary fiction, and more.
What we don’t want:
Do not send material that is offensive, promotes or describes hate, torture, or abuse, is excessively gory or violent; no slasher. No religious, sexual, explicitly adult situations, or politics. No space opera. No fan fiction. No ‘formula’ stories. No media tie-ins.
For more insight into what Frost Zone Zine is looking for, read this interview with editor M.M. MacLeod
Fiction: Original, unpublished Short Stories: 600 – 3000 words preferred – longer work may be considered – as long as there is a reason for the length (no filler, extraneous words, tangents…etc). Keep in mind that only one or two longer pieces will be published per issue, and the maximum considered word count is 5000.
Longer pieces, if accepted, will have a preview shown on the website, with the full story published in the eBook and print issues. Previews-only may be shown online of any fiction or poetry – with full versions published in eBook and Print issues. Please send one or two stories for consideration. Send in the plain text field, not as an attached file. If your work is accepted, the acceptance may be for one or both pieces (one flash fiction, and one longer story for instance).
Poetry: A limited number of poets will be featured per issue. Original, unpublished poetry. Submit one to four poems. No specific number of lines, but do watch line length; keep in mind that the print issues are 5.5″ wide, so too many feet in a line of poetry will mean a much smaller font size when publishing. It is unlikely one short poem will be published on its own; please submit either a longer poem or at least two short poems for consideration.
Thank you for wanting to submit your work again, after being included in a previous issue. The aim is to have a writer published only once per calendar year, twice at most, and never in two consecutive issues. Submissions will always be chosen on the basis of quality writing and what suits the issue needs, not previous acceptances.
How to Submit
There is a link to our submissions manager at the bottom of this page. You will need to open an account with Green Submissions.
NOTE: All stories and poetry must be pasted into the second plain text field. You can enlarge the text field by pulling on bottom right-hand corner – particularly useful to retain poetry formatting. Upon acceptance, or pending acceptance, please advise if there is formatting which may not show in plain text – at that point a document file may be requested to ensure proper styling and formatting. You may also attach a .doc or .docx file with submission, as long as it is also entered into the text field.
Please include a cover letter mentioning:
- Type of submission: short fiction or poetry
- Word count of stories
- Your e-mail address
- Where you learned of this publication (optional)
- Your author website or social media account
- Most recent publications, if applicable (it is okay if you’ve never been published)
- Your physical location (City/Town/Country)
- A brief bio (up to 100 words) written in the third person. Include a link here, also, to your social media account or website – link will be live only on the website.
Frost Zone Zine does not charge any reading or submission fees.
Payment is expected to increase with time, but as a small, self-fundedpublication, the following compensation is offered per contributor, not per piece. (The same compensation whether one or more pieces are published):
6.00 CAD* OR one contributor copy: print or pdf for Canada, USA, and UK. Electronic issue (PDF) elsewhere.
*When monetary payment is not available by the payment processor, due to your location, for example, contributor copy will be sent (PDF or Print as described above).
Upon acceptance of your work, you are granting Frost Zone Zine and Cryoseism Press First Worldwide Electronic and Serial Rights, meaning that the piece(s) should not appear in any online, print, or digital publication before the release of all formats (online, electronic, and print) of the issue in which your work appears. We request three months’ exclusivity from the date of publication,. (please do not have the piece(s) published elsewhere until three months have passed.) and non-exclusive rights thereafter for your piece(s) published on the website, and in electronic and print versions of the issue in which your piece(s) appear.
Acceptance is not firm until a simple release form is signed. We reserve the right to retract an acceptance if the author fails to promptly sign the form.
All rights will revert to the author upon publication. Please mention that your piece(s) was/were first published in Frost Zone Zine, including issue# and date, should they later be published as (a) reprint(s).
Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please mention if it is. If your submission is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it immediately through our submissions manager. This is only possible while your submission is pending with us. If your submission has been moved on to a second reading, you will need to contact us to withdraw your submission. If we accept your submission, withdraw the piece immediately from other publications.
When a submission is moved to ‘second reading’ or when a submission is ‘declined’, please check if there are any notes from editor posted on your submission, as no emails will be sent.
By submitting your work for consideration, you agree to the following:
- You confirm that the work you submit to Frost Zone Zine for consideration is your own, original writing.
- You confirm that the work has not been previously published, whether in print, digital, online, or any other form.
- You agree not to hold Frost Zone Zine, Cryoseism Press, or the editor(s) liable for any damages, perceived or real, arising from your submission and/or the publication of your submission.
- You confirm that the characters in the fiction you submit are fictitious.
- You have read and agree to the payment terms as applicable to writers in your location.
- You confirm that you are 18 years of age or older at the time of submitting work to us.
Retraction: We reserve the right to retract any acceptance of your work, even after a release form has been signed by you. There are only a few reasons why this retraction might occur, including but not limited to:
- You misrepresented yourself or the work you submitted.
- In light of learned information, we decide that publishing your work may cause controversy or harm to our publication.
- Unable to reach author/no communication.
If your submission has been declined please do not contact us about our decision. Do not send us another submission during the same submission period, unless we have asked for one. Please do not send a rejected piece in the next submission period, unless we have suggested ways to revise, and you are submitting a greatly updated version.
You will be notified within 3 weeks of the submission close date whether or not your submission is accepted to be published in the upcoming issue. We reserve the right to make necessary edits without your consent. Please read the more information page to see what type of editing may be required. You will be notified if any major changes need to be made.
The release form will be sent for you to sign electronically. This form must be signed before your acceptance is considered firm.
Refer to the this page for helpful information before submitting your work.
Ready to submit? Sign up is quick and easy:
LINK WILL BE LIVE when submissions re-open. You will have to open an account with Green Submissions. Please remember: post submission in the plain text field. You will be able to track or withdraw your submission through the submission manager.
Thank you for your interest in contributing to Frost Zone Zine.