General Guidelines

Deep Wild Journal is now closed for general submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for our 2021 issue. Our thanks go out to all of you who entrusted your work to us. We are engaged in the exciting activity of reading and discussing your work, and in the not-so-easy task of deciding what we are able to use. We expect you will hear back from us no later than March 15.

We are still open for entries to our 2021 Undergraduate Poetry Contest, and will remain so until March 1.  Students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies are invited to send us their best single poem of up to 70 lines that is backcountry infused and inspired. There is no fee to submit, and winners will receive cash prizes. Here are our important contest guidelines.

Also, we are extending the extending the deadline for submissions of artwork for our 2021 issue until January 31, so as to have a larger pool of work to choose from. Specifically, we need color artwork for our cover and black and white drawings for interior pages. Submit 1-3 color images for the cover or up to 8 black and white images for the interior pages. At this time we are not accepting photographs.​ Check out our artist’s guidelines on Submittable, and images of our previous covers and interior art on our homepage.

Submissions must be true to our mission, to provide a home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads, in order to stand a chance.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the work published in our first two issues. Visit http://www.deepwildjournal.com to subscribe, or to read selections published on our blog. To request our discount for students and faculty, visit https://deepwildjournal.com/studentsandteachers/

Thanks for your interest!

Please read these Guidelines carefully and follow them closely. Entries that do not meet our guidelines may be disqualified. Thanks!

The editors of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry invite students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies to submit work for our 2021 Student Poetry Writing Contest.  We are currently open for submissions and will remain so until March 1.

We seek work that conjures the experiences, observations, and insights of backcountry journeys. By “backcountry,” we mean away from roads, preferably more than a day’s journey by foot, skis, snowshoes, kayak, canoe, horse, or any other non-motorized means of conveyance. We are open to a wide range of carefully-crafted work, both personal and political (however you construe that word). Work that does not fall within this backcountry spectrum, however excellent it might be, is not a good fit for us.

Send us your best single poem of up to 70 lines that is backcountry infused and inspired, via our Submittable website. But first, read on, to get to the rest of the guidelines.

Up to three poems will be chosen for publication in the June 2021 volume of Deep Wild Journal, and the authors will receive cash awards of $100 and five copies of the journal. Each poem will be read by at least two readers. Finalists will be judged by Deep Wild editors.

Submissions must be made using your private email account from the college or university, or if you do not have such an account, inform us in your cover letter.

Poems must be submitted anonymously. This means your name should not appear either in the poem file or in the file name. In the cover letter box on Submittable, give your name, school affiliation, expected graduation date, and contact info.

There is no fee to enter the contest.

  • Again, only one poem per student. Multiple submissions will be disqualified.
  • Once you submit a poem, you cannot recall or revise it, or substitute another in its place.
  • The 70-line length limit includes extra spaces between stanzas. But of course, shorter poems stand just as good a chance of winning.
  • Formatting: Poems must be typed, single-spaced, in 11- or 12-point font.
  • Finishing: Tightly written poems that are error-free and have already benefited from feedback and revision will stand the best chance.

We encourage students to familiarize themselves with the kind of writing published in Deep Wild Journal by purchasing the current issue at the student discount rate of $12 (see deepwildjournal.com/studentsandteachers/) or by reading excerpts from previous issues on our blog (deepwildjournal.com/blog)

Thanks, and good luck to all!

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The editors of Deep Wild Journal: Writing from the Backcountry are currently accepting submissions for Volume 3, to be published in June 2021. We welcome submissions of original artwork 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, canoe, horse, or any other non-motorized means of conveyance. Work that does not fall within this backcountry spectrum, however excellent it might be, is not a good fit for us and should be sent elsewhere.

Specifically, we need color artwork for our cover, and black and white artwork for interior pages. Submit 1-3 color images for the cover or up to 8 black and white images of your artwork for the interior pages. We are also happy to consider graphic art and illustrated trail journals. At this time we are not accepting photographs.​ Previously published is OK, with permissions.

Artwork must be a high resolution image of at least 300 dpi, formatted in JPEG, TIFF, SVG, GIF, PNG, or PDF. Whatever image format, the resolution must be high enough to ensure accurate representation of the artwork in print.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the work published in our first two issues. Visit http://www.deepwildjournal.com to subscribe, or to read selections published on our blog. To request our discount for students and faculty, please contact us at DeepWildOrders@gmail.com 

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

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know at once, via Submittable, if your work is accepted elsewhere and is no longer available.

Response time: We will strive to respond to all submissions within four months after our submissions window closes (and often much sooner). If you do not hear from us after that time, feel free to query us.

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

We look forward to seeing your work!

Deep Wild Journal