True West’s Submission Guidelines
As we are a magazine, visuals are important to us! 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 article with images from our archives.
Please include hi-res scans with your submission. If you do not own the originals and will have to obtain the scans after acceptance, please send images as lo-res scans; only include images that you can send later as hi-resolution files. If we have images in our archives that will go along with your article, please cite issue date, article name and page # so we can check on availability for publication.
Images submitted to True West must meet the following publishing standards:
• Scans must be a minimum 300 PPI, but preferably 600 PPI or higher.
• Size should be 8×11, but the starting point is 4×5.
For historical photographs, please do not send in photos of a photo. The image must be the closest to the original as possible, scanned from the negative or the print. We recognize that, in some cases, what you have may be all that is available. If so, please indicate the reason for the quality of the photograph.
IMPORTANT: ALL USAGE PERMISSIONS FOR PUBLICATION IN TRUE WEST MUST BE SECURED BY THE AUTHOR
Payment is upon publication only. Pay rate is $0.25 a word, with $20 payment for each permission-granted photo the author provides for free 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 For stories assigned to an author to write for a particular issue (not on spec) that are later withdrawn, we pay a kill fee of half of the agreed-upon original fee should the story have run in the publication.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.
Spec articles can take up to three months to receive a response. Please keep that lead time in mind, particularly when pitching a timely article. If you have not heard back from us, please send a follow-up e-mail one month after the work has been submitted; please include a copy of the work in question, the date you submitted it and your share link to dropbox. If you still have not heard a response, please contact the Editor via phone (888-687-1881) and leave a brief message: state your name, phone # (please repeat twice), the name of the article and the date you submitted it. The Internet does wonders, but our Internet provider does accidentally mark some mail as “junk.”
Please do follow up with us! We do not want to miss out on your wonderful story ideas!
Old West Historical Fiction and Nonfiction for Review Consideration
Please send in books for review consideration at least four months in advance of the publication month. Books submitted should not be dated earlier than the current editorial publication year for the magazine; for any that are dated earlier, please submit a reason why the “updated” editions should be considered for review. Advance proofs are accepted, of course, but final copies of the book must be provided once they are printed. Publishers may also send in requests for an advance look at a review title for blurb consideration.
When you submit the book, please include the following information:
• Publisher’s Statement
• Date of Publication
• Toll-Free Phone # and Website for Ordering Books
Please DO NOT send in announcements about the publication of your book. The book editor must have the book on hand in order to decide whether or not to review it.
We have a limited capacity to review books, so not every book submitted to us will make it into the pages of True West. We do promise you that the book editor gives each review copy due consideration, and we appreciate your submissions.
If you have any questions about our process, please contact Book Editor Stuart Rosebrook at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 480-820-5545.