Submissions: What to Submit

To Ensure the Best Response from True West's Editors!

Hey, we want you to become part of the family too! To make sure your article proposal gets the best reception from True West's editors, please be sure you follow these guidelines.


As we need to circulate the material among numerous editors for comment, please include:

  • Query
  • Author's Contact information: Mailing address, phone # and e-mail address. E-mail is important, because response to proposal will be sent via e-mail.
  • Hard copy of Manuscript
  • Scans of original, primary accounts are a must, as well as any other fact checking materials you can provide
  • CD/DVD containing the manuscript, the images and a caption sheet identifying the submitted images (we recommend you title the images appropriately, and that your sheet list the name of that image with its corresponding description)



Word length. We actively look for articles that range from: 1,500 words for features; 500 words for short features; 250 words or less for snapshot coverage.

Time-Sensitive Proposals: For time-specific features, True West encourages you to submit your package at least six months in advance, and whenever possible, a year in advance.



Articles submitted with publishable historical photographs and artwork receive greater consideration than those without art. Should you not have such art, please still submit your story idea, as we may be able to illustrate the story with art from our archives; yet, keep in mind, we may pass on the idea if we are not able to illustrate it.

For those of you submitting art, please click here for detailed instructions on providing these materials for publication.


We accept article proposals via mail (no e-mail queries). Materials should be sent to: Meghan Saar

Via mail:
P.O. Box 8008
Cave Creek, AZ 85327


True West makes every effort to respond within a three-month time frame. To check to see if we received your MSS, you are more than welcome to e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. When checking on your submission, please be sure to include your full name, the title of your submission and the date you mailed it out.


NOTE: Please do not include an SASE. Submission should contain a hard copy of manuscript and a CD of images. No originals should be submitted that need to be returned; response will be sent via e-mail. True West is not responsible for any unsolicited manuscripts or photographs (all imagery should be sent as hi-resolution scans, so the originals remain safe with you).

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