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Saddlebag Dispatches

A project of Roan & Weatherford

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If you like stories of the West, you’ve come to the right place. But we don’t just tell stories of the Old West. If a tale takes place west of the Mississippi and has the spirit of the Old West in it—even if it involves pickups and highways instead of horses and dusty trails—this is where it belongs. In addition to fiction, we publish the best nonfiction about the West as well as poetry, interviews, and…well, pretty much anything to do with the West. Are you getting the idea we like things western?
Saddlebag Dispatches is seeking original, previously-unpublished short stories, serial novels, poetry, and non-fiction articles about the West.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. The western is not limited to that time, however. The essence is openness and struggle. These things 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.
Lengths:
Short Story Short Story2,000 - 5,000 words.
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).

Theme:
ThemeDeadlineTrack
California Gold Rush Country01 Aug 2024*0
Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Email.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open

Dates:

Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience, including: Americans, People in a specific region.

Lengths:
Article Article1,500 - 2,500 words.
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).

Theme:
ThemeDeadlineTrack
California Gold Rush Country01 Aug 2024*0
Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Email.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


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.
Lengths:
Poem PoemUp to 30 lines.
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).

Theme:
ThemeDeadlineTrack
California Gold Rush Country01 Aug 2024*0
Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Email.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


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* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

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Most recent response reported was received on 17 Mar 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 30 Jan 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 25 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 25 Jun 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 03 Mar 2015

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