previous submissions

This page shows the submission guidelines as they were for:

ISSUES: 4, and 3.

For Current Guidelines and Info. click here.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and TERMS
for Issue 4

Guidelines and terms change from issue to issue, so please read.

To re-visit guidelines/terms as they were for issue 3 (scroll down on this page)

POETRY submissions will be closed for this issue.
Newly added: drabble 100-word fiction

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED

Frost Zone Zine is a quarterly zine that is published in digital and print formats. The print issue is a digest-magazine-size paperback book that averages 80-100 pages.

(Print will be changing after this year; see this post for more information.)

What we do want:

Supernatural. Quiet. Gothic. Paranormal. Eerie.

Strange. Folklore. Magic.

Fiction.
Original, unpublished, never-broadcast short stories 1000-3500 words. Submit 1 or 2 stories for consideration.
(Longer pieces may be considered if writing is concise, not to exceed 5000 words. Keep in mind only 1 or 2 stories over 3500 words can be included, if any.)

Also non-paying opportunities: flash fiction 400 – 1000 words, and drabble (exactly 100 words). Submit up to 3 pieces for consideration.

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 derivative works.
No media tie-ins, or current events/pop culture references.

For more insight into what Frost Zone Zine is looking for, read this interview with editor M.M. MacLeod For more info. & tips read this page.

Payment
Frost Zone Zine does not charge reading or submission fees.
Payment is expected to increase with time, but as a small, self-funded publication, the following compensation is offered:

PAYING OPPORTUNITIES:
These pieces may or may not appear on the website, other than a preview, and listed in the table of contents, but will be published in the eBooks and print books.

Short Story: (1000-2500 words after editing) 6.00 CAD
(2500 words – 3500 words after editing) 8.00 CAD

Occasionally accepted (3500-5000 words after editing) 8.00 CAD

CAD = Canadian Dollars paid via Paypal.
Paypal will deduct fees from the amount, including exchange rate and transaction fees.
If you are unable to accept Paypal payments, you will not be compensated.
Canadian authors (who live in Canada and have a Canadian bank account) may opt to be paid via eTransfer.

NON-PAYING OPPORTUNITIES:
These pieces will be published online/free to read. They may also be included in eBook and print book issues.

Drabble: (exactly 100-word fiction)

Flash Fiction: (400 – 1000 words)

Interview: We cannot pay you to be interviewed by us.

Returning Authors

Thank you for wanting to submit your work again, after being included in a previous issue. The aim is to not include any writer in two consecutive issues. Exceptions may be made for submissions in different categories. Submissions will always be chosen on the basis of quality writing and what suits the issue’s 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.

Please include a cover letter mentioning:
(This can be added to the text box in the submission manager)

  • Type of submission: drabble, flash fiction, short story
  • Word count
  • To which market you are submitting – in this case, Frost Zone Zine. Why? Because we have received submissions meant for a separate anthology call of Frost Zone Press, and vise versa.
  • Your e-mail address
  • Where you learned of this publication
  • Your physical location (City/Town/Country)

BIO: enter into the plain text box provided in the submission manager a brief bio (up to 50 words) written in the third person.
Include any social media or website links that you wish to be in your bio at the end of the bio; as part of the bio – otherwise, we are guessing which accounts you want to be published. The links will be live only on the website; one or more may be added in eBooks (not live links), and print books.

Your submission: you can enter the text into the plain text field provided, especially desired for drabbles and flash fiction. For files: only .doc or .docx are accepted formats.

Terms

Upon acceptance of your work, you are granting Frost Zone Zine 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 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 log in to your Green Submissions account to check if there are any notes from the editor posted.

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, and the work has not been previously broadcast (podcast, video, etc.).
  • You agree not to hold Frost Zone Zine, Cryoseism Press/Frost Zone 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.

Declination

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.

Acceptance
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:

Two submissions managers available, no submission fees.

Submit here: Green Submissions


You will have to open an account with Green Submissions. You will be able to track or withdraw your submission through the submission manager.

Alternately, you can also submit through Duosuma (Duotrope’s submissions manager):

Duosuma

​​Thank you for your interest in contributing to Frost Zone Zine.

ISSUE 3:

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

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions CLOSED

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.

Returning Authors

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.

Payment
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).

Terms

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.

Declination

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.

Acceptance
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.