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.

Other Projects

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.

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.

Western Horseman commissions illustrations on an as-needed basis.

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.


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.

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