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Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry 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.

Our 2021 issue contains work by fifty-one writers from 23 states and four continents, as they take us to their favorite wild places. We go on journeys 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 down in the Grand Canyon. 

We are in our third year, and despite the challenges of the pandemic, going reasonably strong. We are a not-for-profit outfit that depends on subscriptions and donations to make ends meet (we do not charge writers to submit their work.) We are committed to fostering student writing through our annual contest and other initiatives, and working to develop our Deep Wild Books division, a collaborative publishing project with writers that aims to publish the best book-length manuscripts set in the backcountry.

If you are a lover of wild places and good words, please consider supporting our mission. Keep scrolling to see subscription and donation options, as well as rewards for giving.

Be sure to check out our Deep Wild Bookshelf, which contains books donated by over a dozen DW contributors and editors. Your contribution can entitle you to one or more autographed copies of these works.

All of the links all lead to a secure PayPal or credit card transaction. Alternatively, you can mail a check at Deep Wild Journal c/o Rick Kempa, 2309 Broadway, Grand Junction, CO 81507). Thank you.

Giving Levels (and rewards!)

Donations of any amount are appreciated. You can just click here and enter a sum. But first, scroll a little more to see our Rewards for Giving. You may find an offer (or offers) you can’t refuse!

Order your copy of Deep Wild 2021.

Double your pleasure with a two-year subscription.

Triple your thrills with a three-year subscription.

Spread the wild word! Buy one for you, one for a friend.

Get both our 2020 and 2021 issues.

The Triple Gem: Get all three years of Deep Wild Journal, including the rare 2019 edition.

Choose one title from our Deep Wild Bookshelf, a selection of books donated by editors, contributors, and friends of DW. The author will send you an autographed copy.

Choose two titles from the Bookshelf.

Choose three titles from the Bookshelf

Friends for life. $200 gets you a Lifetime subscription to Deep Wild Journal, for as long as we both shall live, beginning with our inaugural 2019 issue

Ten Hours Editing with Deep Wild editor Rick Kempa, to refine your work and prepare a manuscript for publication. $250, to be donated to DW. Other hourly options possible. Inquire at

Thank you for your support of our wild enterprise. Happy hiking!