Appalachia is a journal of wilderness, mountain, and river adventure and environment, published by the Appalachian Mountain Club and edited by Christine Woodside.
We welcome narrative, historical, and science essays on the following topics: mountain, wilderness, and backcountry adventure; technical climbing; canoeing and kayaking; nature and climate change; and land ethics. We work far ahead and publish twice a year. We consider it our mission to encourage and work with new writers, as well as seasoned ones. The editor-in-chief solicits most lead feature stories several months ahead.
Story proposals should reach the editor-in-chief eight months ahead of publication: April 1 for December publication, October 1 for June publication.
Manuscripts sent on speculation may arrive as late as seven months ahead of publication: May 1 for December publication, November 1 for June publication.
Letters to the editor, suggestions for obituaries in our “In Memoriam” section, and short items for our “News and Notes” section may arrive five months ahead: July 1 for December publication, January 1 for June publication.
We are not firm on length, but most articles run between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Some measure as short at 500 words, and our longest are 5,000. Please double-space your document, use Times New Roman 12-point font, and send submissions electronically, if possible.
Photographs or drawings accompany most of our articles and are usually provided by the authors. We also publish a limited number of standalone photos that evoke the mountains, and we welcome high-quality freelance submissions.
Original poems about the above topics are also welcome. Shorter poems are preferred. We try to publish poems that take the reader into the wild and focus almost exclusively on natural subjects. The kinds of poems we publish tend to deal with specific times, places, and events. They are usually simple but telling observations, clearly presented. We often receive fine poems with a natural setting, but the ultimate aim of such poems lies in the human world of relationships. The Appalachia poem, if there is such a thing, addresses the natural world directly. Reading our journal will show you, better than my words, the type of poem we tend to take. Appalachia Poetry prize, given occasionally since 1972.
Submit a maximum of six poems with a maximum of 36 lines each.
Six to eight poems are published per issue, which makes this the most competitive section of the journal; on average, one in 50 submissions is accepted.
All work is subject to editing. We make every effort to work cooperatively with authors in the early stages of production and to explain editing decisions. Deadlines usually make last-minute communication with authors impossible.
We have a very limited budget. We try to offer compensation of a few to five hundred dollars for working writers. Please discuss with the editor. We do our best.
We are living through an unprecedented pandemic, something no one alive today has ever seen. This will go into the history books. Those who read and write for Appalachia journal find their true selves in the backcountry and wilderness areas around the world—but especially in the Northeast. And within the Northeast, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and wild areas of Maine especially call to us.
Appalachia journal is looking for thoughtful essays in the range of 1,000 to 2,000 words on the COVID-19 pandemic. What has getting onto trails and cliffs and hills meant during this terrifying period? Do you see mountains more as life itself and less as recreation now? What is it like going to the backcountry and finding that facilities are closed, people must stay away from each other?