We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2022 Deep Wild Graduate Student Essay

First Place 

“An Ordinary Day” 

Kelsey Wellington

Lindenwood University

Second Place 


Chelsey Waters

Eastern Oregon University

Third Place

“How to Botch a Funding Award” 

Kalle Fox

University of Montana 

Honorable Mentions:

“The Cradle.” Meghan Harrison, Western Carolina University 

Go West, Young Man: Reimagining Gender on the Pacific Crest Trail.”  Maddie Melton, University of Utah.

“Swimming among Mountain Tops.” Hannah L. Coble, University of Minnesota 

“Land of Many Uses.” Mikaela Osler, University of New Mexico 

CONGRATULATIONS to these Magnificent Seven! Our thanks go out to the many graduate student writers who sent us work. We wish we could have honored more of them! 

Cash awards for top three essays are $250, $100, and $50. Essays were judged anonymously by Alaskan writer Marybeth Holleman and DW Assistant Editor Corrinne Brumby.

Kelsey’s and Chelsey’s essays will appear in the print version of Deep Wild 2022, due out this June. Kalle’s essay will be published in full this summer on the Deep Wild website. To learn more about Deep Wild Journal and to reserve a copy of DW 2022, visit deepwildjournal.com.

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