Alaska Sampler 2015: Anthology of Great Land Writing

The 2015 Alaska Sampler is here!

A fresh collection of Alaska-inspired fiction, memoir, and biography from a big place with big tales to tell. Among the dozen featured authors, you’ll discover old friends and new favorites, including Heather Lende (If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name), C.B. Bernard (Chasing Alaska), Deb Vanasse (Cold Spell), Rich Chiappone (Opening Days), Gerri Brightwell (Cold Country), and David Marusek (The Wedding Album).






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About time Alaska had its own literary anthology! Founded in 2014 by two of Alaska’s most respected and well-published authors, the Sampler offers unique voices, both the undiscovered and the luminaries of Great Land writing.

David Marusek and Deb Vanasse founded the Sampler and are devoted to offering the best of Alaska for free.

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Alaska Sampler is a not-for-profit, literary labor of love. We depend on donations from our readers to recover production costs. Your donation helps us continue discovering and championing fierce Alaska voices and bringing them to readers free.

The Confessional

Too many authors with too many confessions to for this small space!


Calls for submissions usually begin in November.  Click below for details.


Author Submissions


Edited by Alaska authors Deb Vanasse and David Marusek

Author David Marusek Author Deb Vanasse

Reader Comments

“One of the best trips I ever took was to Alaska. This book is a chance to visit again, with a variety of fascinating viewpoints, and without even packing a suitcase! Led to it by one favorite author, walking away with several new favorites.”

“A wonderful compendium of all things Alaska. Please publish one every year or two. Surely there are enough wonderful Alaskan authors.”

“I’ve never been to Alaska, and probably never will go, as it’s on the other side of the world from me, but this collection certainly ignited my own interest in the region. I’m pleased to note that Deb Vanasse et al are planning to make this an annual publication, and I shall definitely look out for future editions. I’ve also already downloaded longer works by a couple of the authors that I liked best.”

“I was pleasantly surprised by the writing in the Alaska Sampler. . . I’ll be looking up several of the authors in the Sampler to read more of their work.”

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