Updated Appalachian Anthology of Nature Writing

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Jessica Cory/Western Carolina University
contact email: 

Dear Colleagues,

Submissions are currently being accepted for an anthology of Appalachian nature writing, tentatively titled Appalachian Nature. While there are locale-specific nature writing anthologies, this will be the first to focus on the entire Appalachian region.

Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and one-act plays are welcomed and demographics traditionally underrepresented in Appalachian literature are encouraged to submit. While all contributions should engage with the Appalachian environment specifically, possible topics or themes include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

-Travel narratives

-Bucolic nature

-Disability and the environment

-Animal studies

-Mountaintop removal

-Water quality



-Fossil fuel and alternative energy industries

-Environmental disasters (either natural or manmade)

-Plant life/ Plant studies

-Natural history

-Air quality


-The Anthropocene


-"Sense of Place"


-Appalachian ecologies

-The idea of wilderness


Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original work and previously unpublished with a maximum of 6,000 words per work. While proposals are acceptable, the final work must be completed no later than March 31, 2017. Documents should be in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format and emailed to app.anthology@gmail.com

The book is already under contract with a university press.

Kind regards,

Jessica Cory

English Lecturer

Western Carolina University