General Guidelines

The editors of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry are now accepting submissions for Volume 3, to be published in June 2021. 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, 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 simply not a good fit for us., and should be sent elsewhere.

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. We are also looking for artwork for the cover and interior pages. (See specific Art Guidelines.)  

The deadline for all general submissions is December 31.  We will also be sponsoring an Undergraduate Student Poetry Contest, with submissions open from January 1 through February 28. Students, please wait until then to submit your  work. Complete guidelines are available on the Deep Wild website.

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. 

 

A FEW IMPORTANT SPECIFICS   **please read!**

  • In the interests of fairness, all work will be read anonymously. This means, do not include any contact information in the file that you submit, either in the document itself or in the file name. Your name and contact info will be included in the Submittable fields. Submissions that do not follow this request will be rejected.
  • Writers are allowed one free submission in any open-reading period. To be clear, this means you may submit work for free in only one of the three categories: Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction. If you submit more than one manuscript using the free portals, all your work will be returned unread.
  • If you wish to submit work in more than one genre, submit your first file for free, and any additional file(s) via the Tip Jar, for $3.50 per submission.
  • Please submit all poems/essays/stories together in one document on a single submission form. All the work you submit must be contained in a single computer file. Artwork may be submitted in multiple files, so long as it is on a single submission form.
  • Submissions cannot be revised after you press <send>. Do not withdraw and resubmit a different version; if you do so, your work will be returned unread. Be assured that a few typos or minor errors will not affect our decision.
  • If your work is declined, please wait until our next reading cycle before submitting again.
  • Formatting guidelines: Please double-space prose and single-space poetry. Please indicate paragraph breaks by indenting, not by skipping a line (although an extra space to indicate section breaks is fine). Please put only one space after periods at the ends of sentences.

AND FINALLY: Deep Wild subsists solely on donations and subscriptions. If you believe in our unique mission to provide a home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads, and if you have the means to do so, please visit our subscribe/support page, where you can either subscribe to the journal or make a donation of any amount. Thank you!

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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 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, 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.

We are open to a wide spectrum of carefully-crafted work. We invite you to submit up to three poems, single-spaced in a single document. 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. Inspire us. Previously published is OK, with permissions.

The deadline for all general submissions is January 1. 

We will also be sponsoring an Undergraduate Student Poetry Contest, with submissions open from January 1 through February 28. Students, please wait until then to submit your work. Complete guidelines will be posted on the Deep Wild website.

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 

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ AND FOLLOW OUR GENERAL GUIDELINES as you prepare to send your submission packet.  Failure to do so may result in manuscript disqualification 

Thanks! We look forward to reading your work.

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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 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, 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

We are open to a wide spectrum of carefully-crafted work. We invite you to send your best backcountry fiction, one or more short pieces totaling about 3,000 words. We will consider longer prose pieces of exceptional merit. Previously published is OK, with permissions.

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

The deadline for all general submissions is January 1. 

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 

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ AND FOLLOW OUR GENERAL GUIDELINES as you prepare to send your submission packet. Failure to do so may result in manuscript disqualification. 

Thanks! We look forward to reading your work.

The editors of Deep Wild Journal: Writing from the Backcountry are currently accepting submissions for Volume 3, to be published in June 2021. 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, 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

We are open to a wide spectrum of carefully-crafted work. We invite you to send your best backcountry nonfiction, one or more short pieces totaling about 3,000 words. We will consider longer prose pieces of exceptional merit. Previously published is OK, with permissions.

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. 

The deadline for all general submissions is January 1. 

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 

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ AND FOLLOW OUR GENERAL GUIDELINES as you prepare to send your submission packet. Failure to do so may result in manuscript disqualification. 

Thanks! We look forward to reading your work.

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Use the Tip Jar option to submit your work for either of these reasons:

  • You wish to support our mission to provide a home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads. (Please note that you may also donate or subscribe to Deep Wild Journal by visiting our website.
  • You wish to submit more than one manuscript for our consideration. Your first submission is free, if we have not yet reached the monthly quota. Any additional submissions must be sent via the Tip Jar. 

Your work will receive equal consideration regardless of how it is submitted to us. 

Please be sure to read the specific guidelines for the genre you are submitting in. Thanks.

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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