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 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? Watch for our Autumn/Winter issue, coming late December, 2019!

Welcome to our Spring/Summer 2019 issue! Click on the cover to get started.Saddlebag Dispatches is back and better than ever with our upcoming Spring/Summer 2019 issue, coming your way Friday, July 5. Don’t miss this special issue covering the life and legacy of controversial western giant Lt. Colonel George A. Custer, including articles from Terry Alexander, Michael Koch, Doris A. McCraw, and award-winning historian John J. Dwyer, and the photography of Venessa McDaniel Cerasale and Casey Cowan. Find Cowboy Poetry from Michael Lee and Chet Dixon, new short fiction from Michael McLeanDennis W. DotyMarlon HayesSharon Frame GayGene La Viness, Susan K. Salzer, and RL Adare, the exciting final chapter of our long-running graphic serial Bender, the Graphic Novel by Michael and DA Frizell, and columns on all things western from our dedicated staff.