Deep Wild Journal: Writing from the Backcountry is now open for submissions until November 30, for our 2023 Issue, to be published next June. We look forward to reading your words from and about places where there are no roads. We want your poetry, nonfiction, and fiction that conjures 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. We are open to a wide spectrum of carefully-crafted work, from the personal to the political. By “personal,” we mean work that not only relates the experience of backcountry journeys but also in some way reflects upon the journeys. By “political,” we mean work that, while maintaining a backcountry perspective, addresses and confronts the social, economic, and environmental issues of our times.

We welcome previously published work and don’t charge submission fees.

Before submitting, please familiarize yourself with the kind of work we publish by reading selections from the current issue on our blog or by purchasing a copy. Please also read the full submission guidelines here

You can submit your work on our submittable page. We look forward to reading your submissions!

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