Other Projects

Covers
Artists represented by galleries may submit vertically formatted artwork (or artwork that can be cropped vertically) for cover consideration. Published photographers may submit vertical images for consideration. Cover candidates must have adequate open space on the left and top of the image to accommodate cover text and the Western Horseman logo.

Inside Photography
All photography must relate directly to the content of a feature or column being published. Western Horseman rarely uses stock photography.

Poems
Western Horseman receives dozens of poems every month, but can publish no more than 12 per year. More than 95 percent of poetry submissions are returned simply because of a lack of space.

Illustrations
Western Horseman commissions illustrations on an as-needed basis.

Books
The magazine staff does not handle Western Horseman books. Written proposals can be sent to Western Horseman’s office so they can be forwarded to our book division.

Calendar Photography
Calendar photographs are solicited on an invitation-only basis.

Essays

Manuscript length: 1,500 to 2,500 words. Essays can take the form of memoirs, humor pieces, book excerpts or other literary efforts. All essays must relate to western horses and the surrounding cowboy culture.

History

Manuscript length: 2,000 to 2,500 words. Historical features can range from profiles of Old West characters to overviews of historic events to thorough examinations of specific aspects of frontier history. In all cases, though, the topic should have a strong tie to horses and the American West.

Horse Breeds

Manuscript length: 1,500 to 2,000 words. Text should thoroughly discuss a specific horse breed, and its role in the western industry. Coverage should include: history and development of the breed, physical traits, uses, associations, competitions, benefits of ownership, and the breed’s use in western events or on working ranches.

Great Horses

Great Horses

Manuscript length: 2,000 to 2,500 words. Text should profile a contemporary or historic western horse with a compelling story. An accompanying sidebar should briefly discuss the horse’s breed, with information on history and development of the breed, recognizable physical traits, uses, related associations, competitions, benefits of owning a horse of this breed, and the breed’s use in western events or on working ranches.

Personalities

Personalities

Manuscript length: 2,000 to 2,500 words. Text should profile an interesting, colorful personality who’s part of the cowboy culture or western-horse world.

Trail Riding

Trail Riding

Manuscript length: 2,000 to 2,500 words. Text should offer a travelogue detailing a horseback excursion into stunning country that readers would likely never have the opportunity to explore on their own. Alternately, the text can be written as a destination or travel piece, explaining unique riding opportunities in a specific locale.

Rodeo

Rodeo

Manuscript length: 2,000 to 2,500 words. Rodeo features can take several forms, including profiles of the current season’s top athletes from the high-school, college and professional circuits; nostalgic pieces profiling competitors from the past; or essays on the sport. Because of the magazine’s lead-time, result-oriented event coverage does not fit Western Horseman’s format.

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