The mission of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry is to provide a home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads. The editors of Deep Wild are committed to supporting education and encouraging student writers to find their own words for the wild. Thus, we are pleased to offer educational discounts, to sponsor an annual student writing contest, and to invite adoption of Deep Wild Journal as a classroom text.

Student and Faculty Discounts 

Our Student Discount Rate is $12, a 40% savings on price and shipping. To order a copy at the student discount rate, click this button:  

Our Faculty Discount Rate is $16, a 20% savings on price and shipping. To order a copy at the faculty discount rate, click this button:

Prices are for single issues shipped to addresses within the United States. If you need international shipping please inquire at

All orders should be placed using a .edu email address. Alternatively, if your PayPal is linked to a different email account, send a short, separate email to from your .edu account to verify your status. If you don’t have access to an .edu account for some reason, please email us with the name of your school and your status, and we will believe you.

Our Annual Student Writing Contest

Each year, Deep Wild Journal sponsors a contest for student writers. Qualifying students are invited to submit one entry for free. Winners receive cash awards and multiple copies of the journal in which their work appears.

We are excited to announce our 2021 Undergraduate Student Poetry Contest, which will be open for submissions from January 1 through March 1. For Contest Guidelines, click here.

The winner of our 2020 Undergraduate Student Essay Contest was Brandon Losier of Ball State University, for his essay “How to Run Away.”

Contest Support: We can always use additional financial support to provide cash awards for our contest winners. If you’re interested in helping us with this endeavor, please click here to donate or contact

Deep Wild in the Classroom

With 150 pages of essays, poems, stories, and artwork on a wide range of wilderness themes, both personal and political, Deep Wild Journal is a stimulating text for students in creative writing, environmental studies, and other classes. To get a fuller picture of what the journal contains, read the Foreword on our home page,  which traces some of the themes in this edition of the journal. Deep Wild Editor Rick Kempa would be happy to discuss possibilities for classroom use. Additionally, Deep Wild editors and select writers would be happy to visit your classroom via Zoom.

A desk copy will be sent upon request. Email Please give the institution at which you teach and the course(s) for which you are considering using Deep Wild, and provide your college mailing address. Feel free as well to ask any questions.

The Student Discount Rate of $12 postage paid applies for copies used in classrooms.