Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry now reading for our 2024 issue

Call For Submissions

Deep Wild Journal is open for submissions for our 2024 Issue, to be published next June, from September 1 through December 1. We seek work in all genres infused and informed by journeys to places where there are no roads. No fees. Previously published work welcome.

We are open to a wide spectrum of carefully-crafted work, from the personal to the political. By “personal,” we mean work that not only relates the experience of backcountry journeys, but also in some way reflects upon the journeys. By “political,” we mean work that, while grounded in a backcountry perspective, addresses and confronts the social, economic, and environmental issues of our times.

We invite you to send up to three poems or one or more prose pieces (creative nonfiction or fiction), double-spaced, up to about 3,000 words total. We will consider longer prose pieces of exceptional merit. Mixed genre work is also welcome; just submit it in one of the relevant genres, and let us know in the cover letter. The last day to submit work through our free Fiction, Poetry, and Non-Fiction portals is December 1. We will also accept work throughout the month of December via our Tip Jar for a $4.00 submission fee.

Guidelines for our 2024 Graduate Student Prose Contest, which will be open for submissions from October 15 to February 15, will be available in September.

Please be aware of the specific mission of Deep Wild Journal if you plan to submit: to publish the best work we can find in celebration of, and in defense of, places where there are no roads. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the work published in our first five issues. Visit to subscribe, or to read selections published on our blog. To take advantage of our discounts for students and faculty, visit and teachers/

Submission Period
September 1, 2023 - December 1, 2023

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