Freelance Submission Guidelines

Freelance Submission Guidelines


Western Horseman rarely accepts unsolicited manuscripts. In most cases, the editor assigns the magazine's content to staff writers or to a small group of professional freelance writers. Writers wishing to submit material to Western Horseman should begin the process by contacting the editor via e-mail (edit@westernhorseman.com), ground mail or fax. If the article fits Western Horseman's editorial schedule, the editor may ask the freelancer to produce a manuscript for review.

In all cases, Western Horseman makes no commitment to publication or payment until the editor reviews the finished manuscript and photographs. Freelance articles are, therefore, written "on spec." When the editor approves the finished manuscript and photographs, a contract specifying payment will be sent to the writer. Western Horseman pays on acceptance and purchases first-time publication rights, as well as an option for one future use; remaining rights belong to the freelance contributor. Western Horseman cannot commit to publishing freelance material in specific issues. Even after purchasing rights to a manuscript, Western Horseman does not guarantee that the work will be published.

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