Around The Campfire

Welcome to Saddlebag Dispatches, the Award-Winning Home of Great Western Fiction.

If you like stories of the West, you’ve come to the right place. But we don’t just tell stories of the Old West. If a tale takes place west of the Mississippi and has the spirit of the Old West in it—even if it involves pickups and highways instead of horses and dusty trails—this is where it belongs. 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. Are you getting the idea we like things western?

Check out our Winter 2021 issue!

Welcome to Saddlebag Dispatches, the Award-Winning Home of Great Western Fiction. We’ve got cowboys, lawmen, Native Americans, and mountain men. We offer wild horses, pickup trucks, buckboards, wagons, and more. In the spotlight this issue is our exclusive interview with prolific and award-winning Western/Historical author W. Michael Farmer. J.B. Hogan returns with the grand finale of his long-running serial novella, The Last Rider, and he leads a veritable wagon train of great western fiction from the likes of Will Rogers Medallion-winners Anthony Wood and W. Michael Farmer, Spur Award-winner Richard Prosch, Willa Award-winner Velda Brotherton, Dennis Doty, Kyleigh McCloud, Ben Goheen, James Janke, the winner of our Ozark Creative Writers Dusty Richards Memorial Oxbow Award for Western Short Stories, Nancy Smith Gibson. We’ve got Cowboy Poetry from Will Rogers Medallion Award-winner Marleen Bussma, J.B. Hogan, Michael Lee, and Karen Devenport, as well as nonfiction articles and columns from Terry Alexander, Paul Bishop, Regina McLemore, Michael Koch, Fred Staff, and many more. So pull up a log, pour yourself a cup of joe from the camp pot, and enjoy our newest issue. To purchase a copy on Amazon Click Here.