Submission Guidelines

We are now taking submissions for our Spring/Summer, 2019 issue. The theme of this issue is The Great Sioux War of 1876 and includes all things concerning the soldiers and civilians with the Custer, Terry and Gibbon columns as well as the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapahoe who met them on the Little Bighorn. This issue is due out in mid-June, 2019. Stories and articles involving this theme will be given precedence in consideration for publication.

Deadline is February 1, 2019

Galway Press is Oghma Creative Media’s western imprint, and Saddlebag Dispatches is our semi-annual flagship publication. We are looking for short stories, serial novels, poetry, and non-fiction articles 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 and between the end of the American Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century. But the western is not limited to that time. The essence, though, is openness and struggle. These are happening now as much as they were in the years gone by.

Query letter:

Put this in the e-mail message: In the first paragraph, give the title of the work, and specify whether it is fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. If the latter, give the subject. The second paragraph should be a biography between one hundred and two hundred words.

Manuscript formatting:

All documents must be in Times New Roman, twelve-point font, double spaced, with one-inch margins all around. Do not include extra space between paragraphs. Do not write in all caps, and avoid excessive use of italics, bold, and exclamation marks. Files must be in .doc. or docx format. Fiction manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format. For instructions and examples see Submit the entire and complete fiction or poetry manuscript. We will consider proposals for non-fiction articles.

Other attachments:

Please also submit a picture of yourself and any pictures related to your manuscript. All photos must be high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) and include a photo caption and credit, if necessary.

Manuscripts will be edited for grammar and spelling. Submit to, with your name in the subject line.