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Notes from The Editor:

  • We are currently accepting submissions of Western short stories, nonfiction articles on any subject dealing with the Old West, or Western themed artwork. We are particularly interested in seeing your original Western themed artwork.
  • Please take the time to read our Submission Guidelines before submitting your work. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be rejected unread.

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Introduction to The Western Online

The Western Online is dedicated to everything Western. The type of story most likely to be published here is the traditional post-Civil War Western. However, we will consider any story that is connected with the early settling of America that takes place during the 1700s and early 1800s, from swashbuckling pirates to mountain men and the early pioneers. All stories must be set in the 17th, 18th, or 19th centuries and deal with the opening and exploration of the American West.

We also publish non-fiction articles on any subject dealing with the Old West.

The Western Online is a token market and currently has an open-ended submission period. That means that we offer flat token payments. $5.00 per story or article regardless of the length and $3.00 per piece of artwork. The submission period is always open with no deadline. Your work will be published upon acceptance and you will be paid upon publication. You must have a paypal account to be paid or you must include your mailing address along with your submission so we can mail you a check.

Now Accepting Submissions!

Open Deadline

The submission period for The Western Online is now open. Send us your stories and artwork. See our Submission Guidelines.

“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.”    -Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

“Read the best writing you can find, and write. Write all the time. Anything you can write, anytime.”    - Louis L'Amour

"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." - Louis L'Amour

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