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Saddlebag Dispatches 11

A project of Oghma Creative Media

About

We are looking for original short stories, serial novels, poetry, and nonfiction articles about the West. These will have themes of open country, unforgiving nature, struggles to survive and settle the land, freedom from authority, cooperation with fellow adventurers, and other experiences that human beings encounter on the frontier. Traditional westerns are set west of the Mississippi River between the end of the American Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century. But the western is not limited to that time. The essence, though, is openness and struggle. These are happening now as much as they were in the years gone by.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2014

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Open

Dates:
Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience, including: Americans, People in a specific region.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Western WesternOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Topics:
Agriculture/Agricultural Sciences (See guidelines), History (History of countries/regions), Nature/Environment (Nature, See guidelines), Place/Regions (Specific region), Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Short Story Short Story2,000 - 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) Token payment (under 1 US cent per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Open

Dates:
Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience, including: Americans, People in a specific region.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Topics:
Agriculture/Agricultural Sciences (See guidelines), History (History of countries/regions), Nature/Environment (Nature, See guidelines), Place/Regions (Specific region), Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Article Article1,000 - 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Open

Dates:
Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience, including: Americans, People in a specific region.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Western WesternOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Topics:
Agriculture/Agricultural Sciences (See guidelines), History (History of countries/regions), Nature/Environment (Nature, See guidelines), Place/Regions (Specific region), Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemUp to 30 lines.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Last Updated: 09 Jan 2023
Last Checked: 05 Feb 2023 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 09 Jan 2023 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 03 Mar 2015

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