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Saddlebag Dispatches

Literary Magazine





If you like stories of the West, you’ve come to the right place. In addition to fiction, we publish the best nonfiction about the West as well as poetry, interviews, and…well, pretty much anything to do with the West.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    60 days after DL*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:



  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction (Short Fiction)

Max words: 2000

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Short Fiction

Nonfiction (Feature articles)

Max words: 1000

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres:


Max lines: 30

No more than one page in length (approximately 30 lines)

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    Saddlebag Dispatches is seeking works about the West. These will have themes of open country, unforgiving nature, struggles to survive and settle the land, freedom from authority, cooperation with fellow adventurers, and other experiences that human beings encounter on the frontier. Traditional westerns are set west of the Mississippi River between the end of the American Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century. The western is not limited to that time, however. The essence is openness and struggle. These things are happening now as much as they were in the years gone by. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are accepted. However, only one in each category per author will be published in the current issue.

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62 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

61 days

12-month average response time

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    Editor Dennis Doty avatar

    Dennis Doty


    Editor Bob Giel avatar

    Bob Giel

    Managing Editor

    Editor Anthony Wood avatar

    Anthony Wood

    Associate Editor

    Editor George "Clay" Mitchell avatar

    George "Clay" Mitchell

    Associate Editor

    Editor J.B. Hogan avatar

    J.B. Hogan

    Associate Editor