True West’s Submission Guidelines
TRUE WEST captures the history of the American frontier through authentic and provocative literary nonfiction and heritage travel narratives that keep the spirit of the Old West alive.
Published 12 times a year, True West magazine (est. 1953) desires enticing narrative and intelligent analysis on the history of the Old West—focusing mainly between 1800 to 1912, but not exclusively.
We actively seek out creative writers who can infuse their articles with dramatic realism, excellent research and memorable examinations. Tell a story that focuses on a singular person, place or event that reveals a broader aspect of American Western history and culture.
Queries should be no longer than 300 words. Provide three-to-five low-resolution images with the sources and links to the images in the query.
All story queries should be sent to Editor Stuart Rosebrook
We review queries once a month and will give you an answer by the beginning of the following month after we have received your query.
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 For stories assigned to an author to write for a particular issue (not on spec) that are later withdrawn, we pay a kill fee of half of the agreed-upon original fee should the story have run in the publication.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 and/or on truewestmagazine.com, True West acquires first North American serial rights and archival rights.
Western Historical Fiction and Nonfiction for Review Consideration
Do you have a Western book scheduled to be published? Please let us know up to a year in advance of publication and then update us with an Advance Reader Copy four months in advance of the book’s publication. If the publisher does not issue ARCs, please send a copy of your book upon publication.
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. 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 Editor Stuart Rosebrook