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. 

Deadlines

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.

Format

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.

Artwork


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.

Poetry


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. 

Editing


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.

Pay

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. 

In 2020 a once-in-a-century global pandemic affected almost all aspects of life, forcing us to change how we relate to the world and to one another. In this historical moment, in what ways has your connection to the natural world changed–and in what ways has it remained the same?

Essays  will be accepted from emerging writers through March 2, 2021. The  winning essay will be awarded $1,500. The runner-up essay will receive  $500. Both will be published online and in Appalachia.  Essay winners will be selected and announced by mid-summer 2021. 

For  the purposes of this contest, an emerging writer is considered someone  who has a solid writing background or interest, but has not yet published a major work of prose on this topic or been featured in national publications. We welcome all inquiries at essays@watermanfund.org.

Appalachia Journal