A tradition of inspired writing since 1876
Published continuously since 1876, Appalachia is America’s longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation. The journal comes out twice a year, on June 15 (Summer/Fall) and December 15 (Winter/Spring).
In This Issue of Appalachia
Gifts – SANDY STOTT
Warming the Winter Hours – LUCILLE STOTT
Telling the Bees – PARKMAN HOWE
What Might Surprise Mary? – SANDRA SYLVIA NELSON
Unraveling Lessons from Mary Oliver – SARAH AUDSLEY
Recitation: After Mary Oliver – TODD DAVIS
Nature’s Indefatigable Guide and On Hearing the News – JOHN SMELCER
What We Have Learned – MAX STEPHAN
Scotland, the Climbing Way: Reconnections with hardy, brash, hilarious mountain friends. – TODD SWAIN
Waterman Fund Essay Winners
The Dos and Don’ts of Trail Running in the Appalachian Mountains: Written by a hairless bipedal alien who has learned when to take nature seriously. – ALEX PICKENS
Valley of the Bulls: “I have a red backpack. Is that a bad thing?” – JENNY O’CONNELL
Encounters on Mount Willard: A subway seeker meets a mountain man – ELISSA ELY
A Week in the Wild at Medawisla: One night in the wild for each hour he drove – DANIEL HUDON
Turning Back: A backcountry trip in Yellowstone tests a skier’s sense of danger. – LISA BALLARD
A Line of Scouts: Personal history from Mead Base Camp in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. – WILLIAM GELLER
Ongoing: Action heals a wound. – SARAH RUTH BATES
In Every Issue
PoemsBy leading poets such as Robin Chapman, Wally Swist, and John Smelcer
AccidentsAnalysis of incidents from the White Mountains of New Hampshire and occasionally elsewhere
AlpinaA review of international mountaineering expeditions in the greater ranges
News and NotesUpdates and newsworthy stories on mountaineering and conservation in the Northeast and beyond
Books of NoteReviews of books, maps, and other media
Published continuously since 1876, Appalachia is America’s longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation. Each issue delivers inspired writing on mountain exploration, ecology, and conservation; news about international mountaineering expeditions; analysis of northeastern mountaineering accidents; poems by leading poets such as Robin Chapman, Wally Swist, and Mary Oliver; and much more.
The journal appears twice a year, on June 15 (Summer/Fall) and December 15 (Winter/Spring).
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About Appalachia‘s Editor
Christine Woodside, a writer and editor based in the lower Connecticut River Valley, has served as editor-in-chief of Appalachia since 2006. She writes about backcountry adventure, environmental change and how people cope with it, and American history. Chris welcomes letters and feedback from readers, and can be reached at email@example.com. Learn more about Chris at chriswoodside.com.
Committee on Appalachia
Book Review Editor
News and Notes Editor
Catherine Buni, Jeff Fair, Robert Manning, Michael Wejchert
Gene Daniell, Robert Goeke, Rebecca Oreskes, Heather Stephenson, Lucille Stott
Appalachia welcomes 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.
Our philosophy is that articles should be as long as they should be. 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. Only eight poems are published per issue, which makes this the most competitive section of the journal; on average, one in 50 submissions is accepted. Send poems to the attention of Parkman Howe via the editor-in-chief.
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.
E-mail story ideas, speculative material, and poems to Christine Woodside, editor-in-chief, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send her postal mail c/o the Appalachian Mountain Club, 10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129. Mailed material can be returned upon request if you include a postage-paid envelope.
We have a very limited budget and cannot pay for most unsolicited material. Authors receive two contributor copies.
Authors retain the rights to their work, although Appalachia reserves the right to publish stories or excerpts online indefinitely.