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Payment is upon publication only. Standard pay rate is $0.25 a word, with $20 payment for each permission-granted photo the author provides that is published with the article (this does not apply to images already in our archives, for instance, the only known photo of Billy the Kid). For stories assigned to an author to write for a particular issue (not on spec) that are later withdrawn, we pay a kill fee of half of the agreed-upon original fee should the story have run in the publication. For work published in the print magazine, True West acquires first North American serial rights and archival rights.

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