An Adventure Begins Here

The editors of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry invite students currently enrolled in undergraduate programs to submit essays for our 2020 Undergraduate Student Essay Writing Contest. We seek work that conjures the experiences, observations, and insights of journeys to places where there are no roads. The length limit is 3,000 words. There is no entry fee. Up to three essays will be chosen for publication in the June 2020 volume of Deep Wild Journal, and the authors will receive cash awards of $100 and five copies of the journal. Contest submissions will be accepted until March 15 at For more details, see our Contest Guidelines at Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the current issue of Deep Wild Journal beforehand. Educational discounts for students and faculty are available at

Our regular submissions window for Issue 2 is now closed. We receive several hundred submissions of poetry, essays, stories and art which, over the next couple of months, we will be carefully considering. Editorial decisions will be made by mid-March, if not sooner, for our 2020 issue, to be published in early summer. Thanks to all who sent us work!

The first issue of Deep Wild is now in print.  The volume is 130 pages, and contains the work of 37 writers and three artists, all of them sharing their insights and experiences from the backcountry. It is eminently portable and durable, and printed on 100% recyclable paper.

Scroll down to see the Contents and the Forward. And check out our blog for excerpts from the poems, essays, and stories. We will continue to add one or two each week. And finally, if you love wild places and good words, please consider subscribing to Deep Wild. It travels well.


© 2018 Andie Thrams; Used with permission

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