An Adventure Begins Here

Deep Wild Journal, now entering its fifth 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!

Seeking Portfolio of B&W Artwork for Deep Wild 2023

Artists, do you have a portfolio of themed black and white drawings from nature? If so, we would love to view your work for possible inclusion in our 2023 issue, to be published in JuneThe subject matter could be pinecones, flowers, insects, sea shells, birds, fish, reptiles, trees—anything wild.

We are looking for a family of eight-to-ten thematically-linked images. The medium could be pencil, pen-and-ink, reproductions of wood-cuts: no color, no photographs.

This call is open until March 31. For examples of published artwork, guidelines, and the link to submit, visit our blog.

Image from the cover page of Deep Wild 2021

Our Winter Sale is underway!

Well-made words from wild places: That’s what each issue of Deep Wild Journal holds. 150 pages of stories, essays, and poems by dozens of writers, in celebration of and in defense of places where there are no roads. Please consider giving Deep Wild to your wilderness-loving compadres, or to yourself. See for ordering options.

To view the cover, contents, and foreword for each issue, keep scrolling!

We are now closed for submissions for our 2023 issue.

Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry is now closed for submissions for our 2023 Issue, to be published next June. Thank you to all who sent us work. We are happily busy reading and conversing about the hundreds of submissions we received, and slowly but surely assembling a collection of well-made wild words. Stay tuned for more news!

About our current issue:

The 2022 issue of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry offers our largest gathering yet of writing inspired by places where there are no roads, by 25 poets, 6 fiction writers, and 20 essayists—including the winners of the Deep Wild Graduate Student Essay Contest. Also featured is a portfolio of multi-media work by California-based artist Andie Thrams. The cover art is by Utah artist Bessann Swanson. Scroll down a bit to read the Foreword and Table of Contents. To claim your copy at our Holiday Sale discount, and to check out our bargain bundles, visit our Subscribe/Support page.

Want to get a preview of what the journals hold? Scroll down to view the Table of Contents and the Foreword for the first four issues.

Deep Wild 2022: Foreword and Contents

Deep Wild 2021: Foreword and Contents


The Table of Contents and Foreword for DW 2020 and 2019 can be found farther down this page, but first, have a look at

Two New Titles from Deep Wild Press

For more on each book, including descriptions and ordering info, visit

Deep Wild 2020: Foreword and Contents

DW2 JPEGS T of C spread
DW2 JPEGS Foreword 2 page spread
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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!


Deep Wild 2019: Foreword and Contents

The 2019 issue of Deep Wild Journal has nearly sold out, but a few copies are still available, for $40 plus $4 shipping. The volume is 130 pages, and contains the work of 37 writers and three artists. Contact to request a copy.

© 2018 Andie Thrams; Used with permission
DW1 Forward

If you love wild places and good words, please consider supporting our mission. Follow this link for various subscription options. To read excerpts from published work (and other wild news of note), subscribe to our blog. We are open for submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork in the fall for the following year’s issue. We also sponsor a no-fee student writing contest.