Deep Wild 2023 hot off the press!

“Ce:wi Duag Starry Night”, from the ancestral lands of the Hohokam, ©Kat Manton-Jones

Well-Made Words from Wild Places: That’s what each issue of Deep Wild Journal holds. Over 150 pages of stories, essays, and poems by dozens of writers, in celebration of and in defense of places where there are no roads.

Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry, the home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads, is published annually each summer in an attractive, durable, and portable format. For more details about each issue, including the Table of Contents and Foreword, scroll our Home Page,

Deep Wild 2023 is ready for shipping. For $20, we will ship your copy hot off the presses anywhere in the United States. To order your copy, click here:

Want more wild words? Add to your 2023 subscription in any of these ways:

Double Delight: $28 for Deep Wild 2023, plus one back issue. One hundred writers bring you stories, poems, and essays from the backcountry in over 300 pages of writing.

Triple Treat: For $36, you can reserve the 2023 issue plus two back issues of Deep Wild—wild words aplenty to last you all summer long.

Play it forward with a multi-year subscription:

Two-Year Subscription: $35 Enjoy one feast of wild words in June, when Deep Wild 2023 hits the trails, and another in 2024!

Three-Year Subscription: $45 Invest in the future of Deep Wild Journal with a three-year subscription–2023, 2024, 2025. Our best deal!

New Submissions start with the current issue, unless you are already a subscriber, in which case we will add it on.

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Gift Subscriptions: Please consider giving a gift of wild words to your wilderness-loving friends and family. If you would like to send your Deep Wild order as a gift, simply click on a Buy Now link to complete your order, and enter the shipping address of the recipient. You can do this more than once for separate recipients. We would be happy to include a gift card; just email us at with the message you would like us to send. Use this email for any other special requests/questions; we aim to please and will be in touch within hours!

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Bargain Bundling:

One for You, One for a Friend $35

Treat yourself and a friend to a copy of the 2023 issue! We can mail either to one address or two. If two, simply enter one address in the order form , and email us the other address at We will contact you for this info if we do not hear from you. To order, click here:

Triple Gem $30

Treat yourself to over 470 pages of wild writing and artwork by 140 contributors–hikers, skiers, kayakers, canoers, climbers, trail runners, horseback riders–by ordering Deep Wild 2020, 2021, and 2022. To order, click here:

Canyon Lovers Special: Deep Wild 2021 and Going Down Grand $20

Going Down Grand, the first full-length collection of poems about the Grand Canyon, gathers the voices of over sixty writers, past and present. Deep Wild 21 contains, among its many pleasures, two essays from the river and another from the drylands of Escalante.

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Deep Wild Sticker: Every copy of Deep Wild Journal includes a handsome sticker, suitable for your water bottle or other gear. We would also be happy to send you one separately; simply email us at with your name and address and request. A donation of a dollar would be cool (see link below), but is by no means required.

Single Copies Back Issues:

The 2021 issue of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry is available for $10.00, domestic shipping included. In this issue, fifty-one writers from 23 states and 4 continents take us to their favorite wild places. We journey 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 in the Grand Canyon. Interior art by Jon Janosik: drawings of wild birds. To order your copy on our secure PayPal site, click here: .

The 2020 issue of Deep Wild is available for $10, 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, click here:


Your support is crucial to our success. Deep Wild is a not-for-profit enterprise. We depend on subscriptions and donations for our existence. We do not charge writers to submit their work, nor do we solicit ads. The editors—wilderness-lovers all—receive no compensation other than the satisfaction of ushering the journal into print. If you too are a lover of wild places and good words, please consider a subscription for yourself and/or a friend, or a donation.

Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted and will be acknowledged on our website and in our printed publications. To make a donation using a credit card or a Paypal account, click on the link below. Donations may also be mailed to Rick Kempa, 2309 Broadway, Grand Junction, CO 81507.

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If you have had work published in Deep Wild Journal, past or present, click on the above link to access your contributor’s discounts as well as other occasional news of note.