An Adventure Begins Here

Deep Wild Journal, entering its fourth year, is the home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads. Each summer we produce a high-quality, portable, durable journal that is perfect for your own backcountry journeys, whether they be on foot, by boat, or in your easy chair. The journal is printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper in a durable, compact format. It wants to go camping!

Open for Submissions!

We are currently open for regular submissions for our 2022 issue, and will remain so until January 1. We seek essays, poems, and stories that conjure the experiences, observations, and insights of backcountry journeys. By “backcountry,” we mean away from paved roads on journeys undertaken by foot, skis, snowshoes, kayak, canoe, horse, or any other non-motorized means of conveyance. Previously published work is welcome, with permissions, and there are no submission fees. Visit our Submissions Page for complete details and for the link to our Submittable site.

Before submitting, please take time to familiarize yourself with our mission and the kind of work we favor. Subscribe to our blog to read excerpts from published work (and other wild news of note), or pick up a copy at one of our sale prices.

Announcing Our 2022 Graduate Student Essay Contest

For the 2022 issue, we invite students currently engaged in graduate studies to to submit a creative non-fiction essay of up to 3,000 words that is backcountry infused and inspired. The contest submission window will be from November 15 to March 1 (an earlier date than is published in some media). Up to three essays will be chosen for publication in the June 2022 volume of Deep Wild Journal, and the authors will receive cash awards and five copies of the journal. There is no fee to submit. Click here for complete Contest Guidelines.

Educational Discounts: We are pleased to offer generous student and faculty discounts! For information, visit https://deepwildjournal.com/studentsandteachers

Fall Sale Underway!

To celebrate the changing of the season, and our Open Reading Period, we are pleased to offer our Fall Sale! Click on a picture below to order!

Deep Wild 2021, for $16 (20% discount) Fifty-one writers from 23 states and four continents take us to their favorite wild places. We journey far afield, to New Zealand, China and South Africa. Stateside, we hike the AT and the PCT, canoe in Alaska and the Everglades, and bushwhack high in the Rockies and deep in the Grand Canyon. Cover art is by Mary Lewis Sheehan. Interior art by Jon Janosik: drawings of wild birds. 

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Deep Wild 2020, for $8 (60% discount!) The 2020 issue contains 150 pages of creative work by 41 writers and two artists, each of them sharing insights and experiences from the backcountry. Cover art is by Susan Marsh of Jackson, Wyoming, and interior drawings, “Anasazi Artwork,” by Kat Manton-Jones of Tucson.

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Double your wild reading! Get both Deep Wild 2020 and 2021 for $22.

All prices include domestic shipping.

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For more ordering options, visit https://deepwildjournal.com/subscribe/.

Want to get a preview of what the journals hold? Scroll down this page a bit for the Table of Contents and the Foreword for all three issues.


Help Us Stay Afloat!

Chatooga River in Flood, photo by John Manuel

Excellence has its costs. As a not-for-profit journal which does not charge writers to submit work, we depend on subscriptions and donations for our existence.

Visit our Deep Wild Fundraising page to view a range of options for subscriptions and donations.

We are especially excited about the Deep Wild Bookshelf, which contains books by over a dozen DW contributors and editors. Your donation can entitle you to one or more autographed copies of these works.

If you love wild places and good words, please consider supporting our cause—and forwarding this message to others who share the same love. Thank you, and happy hiking, paddling, climbing, skiing, and being in the places you love best!



Deep Wild 2021: Foreword and Contents



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Deep Wild Books

We are excited to announce the publication of the first title under our Deep Wild Books imprint:

Three White Pelicans: Stories for Stephanie and Deirdre

by Stephen Lottridge

In nine delicately observed, often lyric stories set mostly in the open spaces of western Wyoming, Stephen Lottridge leads us through the challenges, humor, pain and joy of fatherhood, especially after divorce. This book pays tribute to the ultimate value of adventure, unshakable love and fidelity in the raising of daughters.

ISBN: 978-0-9889694-9-0
94 pages, 5×8 paperback, $12.00

Click here to order a copy.

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Deep Wild 2020: Foreword and Contents

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If you love wild places and good words, please consider supporting our mission—to provide a home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads—with a subscription for yourself and/or a friend. We are a not-for-profit enterprise with an all-volunteer staff.  Thanks, and happy hiking!

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The 2019 issue of Deep Wild Journal has nearly sold out, but a few copies are still available, for $30 plus $4 shipping. The volume is 130 pages, and contains the work of 37 writers and three artists. Contact deepwildorders@gmail.com to request a copy.

Scroll down to see the Contents and the Forward.

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© 2018 Andie Thrams; Used with permission
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