Submission Guidelines

We are now taking submissions for our Fall/Winter, 2019 issue. This issue is due out in late-December, 2019.

What we’re looking for:

Short Stories: 1,000 to 4,000 words

Non-fiction Feature articles: Up to 5,000 words

Poetry: No more than one page in length

Please note: sometimes authors believe that their story is so exceptional that we will overlook an extra 500 words or half-page of poetry — we won’t. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are accepted. However, only one in each category per author will be published in the current issue. If you submit simultaneous submissions, please be considerate and notify us promptly if it is accepted elsewhere. 


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-fifty 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. Authors warrant that they have the right to use photos for commercial purposes.

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