The editors of Deep Wild Journal: Writing from the Backcountry are currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for the inaugural issue, to be published in 2019. We are seeking work that conjures the experiences, observations, and insights of backcountry journeys. By “backcountry,” we mean away from paved roads, preferably more than a day’s journey by foot, skis, snowshoes, kayak, horse, or any other non-motorized means of conveyance. 

Deadline:  March 15, 2019

There is no fee to submit.

We are open to a wide spectrum of carefully-crafted work. We invite you to send three to five poems or one or more prose pieces (creative nonfiction or fiction), double-spaced, up to about 3,000 words total. Think minimalist. Your words will literally be ink on a page in a backpack for some readers. Make them worth their weight!

Specific Poetry Guidelines: Send us poetry that resonates with the heartbeat of wilderness. We want poems that speak to us on a cellular level. Put your soul on the page. We aren’t too fussy about style and form. Submit 3-5 poems. Inspire us.

Specific Fiction Guidelines: For fiction, we like gritty realism. Please no magic, vampires, elves or aliens. Looking, perhaps, for a contemporary Jack (or Jacqueline) London.

Specific Nonfiction Guidelines:  Give us the intimate detail of a particular experience. Aim to convey connections to the world you are passing through. Conjure if you can the experience of being there.

Previously published work is welcome, so long as the rights are yours. Please identify as such in your cover letter, and be prepared to provide proof of permission. If your work is selected, we ask for the right to publish it in our print journal and also possibly on-line. You retain of course all rights to your work.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know at once if your work is accepted elsewhere and is no longer available. You may withdraw your work on the Green Submissions website or via email at 

Please do not submit more than one manuscript per reading period.

Response time: We will strive to respond to all submissions within six weeks after our submissions window closes. If you do not hear from us after that time, feel free to query at

Payment: Contributors will receive one copy of the journal in which their work appears, and a 40% discount on additional copies. 

Please be sure to remove all identifying information from the submission itself. Include a cover letter that contains the name(s) of work submitted, as well as a bio of about 50 words.  Send your work as a Word Doc, or as a PDF. 

To submit, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click here to visit our Green Submissions portal.
  2. Click Signup and create a user account for Green Submissions.
  3. Log in, click Make a New Submission, and go to the specific category—poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction. Follow the instructions you will see there.
  4. If you have any issues using Green Submissions, you can also submit directly by emailing Submissions using this method must be clearly designated as Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction in the email’s subject line. We do, however, prefer you use Green Submissions, if possible.

Please note that you may occasionally receive an automated email announcing “change of status” of your manuscript. This simply indicates that your submission is working its way through our system. The Green Submissions platform may not be as user-friendly as Submittable, but it is free to use, which translates to no-fee submissions for you. That’s the way we like it!

We look forward to reading your work!