An Adventure Begins Here

The 2021 issue of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry presents the work of fifty-one writers from 23 states and four continents, as they take us to their favorite wild places. The cover image, an oil-on-canvas painting by Mary Lewis Sheehan of rural New Hampshire, is titled “Trail to the Light,”  and depicts a favorite wild place of hers on Monhegan Island, Maine.

Want to get a preview of what the journal holds? Scroll down this page a bit for the Table of Contents and the Foreword. Also, subscribe to the Deep Wild blog to read excerpts from the issue (and other wild news of note).

Want a copy for your own journeys? Visit for ordering options. We also offer substantial Educational Discounts for students and teachers.

cover art by Mary Lewis Sheehan
“Trail to the Light”

On Mt. Baker, photo by Rick Kempa

Deep Wild Journal, now in its third 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!

Diversity is a prized Deep Wild value, and the 2021 issue has an abundance of it. We journey far afield, to New Zealand, Iceland, 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 down in the Grand Canyon. The issue also contains winning entries of our 2021 Undergraduate Poetry Writing Contest. We are indebted to artists May Lewis Sheehan for the cover image from Monhegan Island, Maine and to Jon Janosik for his exquisite interior drawings of wild birds.

In Escalante Canyon Narrows, photo by Rick Jurgen
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!

Open for Submissions October 1!

We will be open for regular submissions for our 2022 issue from October 1 to December 31. The submission window for our Graduate Student Essay Contest is January 1 to March 1. No fees! Check our Submissions page by mid-September for complete details.

Deep Wild 2021 Preview: Foreword and Contents

Cover image by Susan Marsh

The 2020 issue of Deep Wild is still available at a 25% discount. That’s $15.00, domestic shipping included. 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.

To order your copy of Deep Wild 2020, visit  

Our secure PayPal site accepts credit cards, and you can also order via US Mail. For international rates or with other questions, email Student and faculty discounts are also available.


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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Scroll a bit farther to see the Table of Contents and the Foreword for our 2020 issue.

And check out our blog for excerpts from the poems, essays, and stories. We will adding at least one each week.

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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!


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 to request a copy.

Scroll down to see the Contents and the Forward.

© 2018 Andie Thrams; Used with permission
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