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Taking Submissions: Frost Zone Zine Issue 4 (Early Listing)

April 18, 2021

Submission Window: April 5th-18th 2021
Payment: 6.00 CAD for 1000-2500 words and 8.00 CAD for 2500-3500 words
Theme: short horror fiction with elements of supernatural, quiet, gothic, eerie, paranormal, strange, folklore, magic

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

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.




Original, unpublished, never-broadcast short stories 1000-3500 words.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.

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:

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.

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.





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.


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:

Two submissions managers available, no submission fees.

Preferred method: 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):


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

Via: Front Zone Zine.


April 18, 2021