True West's Submissions Guidelines

True West Magazine Submission Guidelines

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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 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 1910.

We actively seek out creative writers who can infuse their articles with dramatic realism, remarkable scholarship and memorable examinations. Writers should seamlessly integrate story and context by providing precise and concrete descriptions of particular practices and events. Humanize your facts. Tell a story that focuses on a singular person, place or event that reveals a broader aspect of frontier culture. Articles that offer not only exceptional accuracy and analysis, but also literary flair, will grab our attention.

We encourage each writer to focus on a historical topic that excites you. Strong writing is often conveyed by those who are most passionate about the stories they are telling. Those driven by research are welcome to share ideas centered on new historical findings or upcoming anniversaries concerning Old West icons, events and places. For those who believe a “picture is worth a thousand words,” we also seek out photo essays that bring the frontier to life through spectacular historical images.

Whatever story you write for us, remember to do more than describe what happened. Like Nora Ephron said, “Who, what, where, why means nothing if you don’t know what the point is.” Dwell on what your slice of frontier history says about life, the world, and the times we live in. Paint that picture for us, and our readers will be ready to step into your world.

True West seeks to establish long-term relationships with writers who conduct excellent research, provide a fresh look at an old subject, write well, hit deadlines and provide manuscripts at the assigned word length (generally no more than 1,500 words, for features). Such writers tend to get repeat assignments.


We accept article proposals and manuscripts via mail (no e-mail). Materials should be sent to:

Editor Meghan Saar
P.O. Box 8008
Cave Creek, AZ 85327

If you are not pitching an Old West history feature, but an Old West heritage travel feature, please send materials to:

Stuart Rosebrook: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: Any materials sent to Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell, whether via e-mail or mail, will not receive a response. Materials must be sent to the appropriate editor. Please click on the below links for specific details.

We appreciate your interest and desire in becoming part of our True West family

of writers and researchers!


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True West captures the spirit of the American West with authenticity, personality and humor by linking our history to our present. Whether you call it the Wild West, the Old West or the Far West, America's frontier history comes to life in True West, the world's oldest, continuously published Western Americana magazine.

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