Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry

Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
Marybeth Holleman, Laura Pritchett, Todd Burritt, Peter Anderson
Reading Period: 
Sep 1 to Dec 1
Response Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
$16, with frequent sales announced on website and social media
Subscription Price: 
$20 for one year, $35 for two, $45 for three, includes domestic postage
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Deep Wild Journal is the home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads. They seek work that conjures the experiences, observations, and insights of backcountry journeys. By “backcountry,” they mean away from paved roads on journeys undertaken by foot, skis, snowshoes, kayak, canoe, horse, or any other non-motorized means of conveyance.

Tips From the Editor

We are open to a wide spectrum of carefully crafted work, from the personal to the political (however you construe that word). 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. Previously published is welcome with permissions.

Each year, we sponsor a no-fee Student Writing Contest, with publication and cash awards for top winners. See our website for latest info.

Contact Information

Rick Kempa, Editor
2309 Broadway
Grand Junction
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Last updated: Mar 20, 2024