Pitch articles, send photos, become a regular contributor or send us a letter!

We are currently accepting article and photo submissions (paid and unpaid) for sections in the print and digital versions of the magazine. We are also seeking regular contributors, so please note if you'd be a fit for a particular section. Reader letters are also welcomed and encouraged. Email publisher@americanwestmagazine.com with a brief pitch or query, or for additional information.

Features

Without exception, features in American West must be about travel experiences in one or more of the 13 states in our region. We publish a mix of first-person essays and well-reported articles. The goal is to expose readers to unique people, places and experiences.

Rates will be dependent on experience and effort, averaging 10 cents/word. Word count should be no more than 5,000. Accompanying photos are required with features. American West pays on publication.

Best of the West

Best of the West is all reader-submitted content. Send us your best poems, short stories and other written material focused on the American West (1,000 words maximum). You can also send in photos and other art.

News Around the West

This section will keep readers informed of the stuff they need to know to travel around the West – from National Park trail closures to original reports on California gas prices. We’ll also cover big stories on important topics that define the region like water issues, wildfires and the like, but we’ll leave it to great publications like High Country News to cover these in depth.

Music, Musings & More

On the music front, we’ll feature an Album of the Month focusing on music new and old from artists in the West. This section will also have book and film reviews, commentary and more. Think of it as one part arts & culture, one part opinions from voices around the West. 

On This Day

On This Day will be your regional history lesson, featuring stories from all cultures and eras of the American West (including long before it was the “American West”). While named “On This Day,” this section will also feature historical moments that can’t be pinpointed on a calendar.

Submit a Letter

Have something to say about a recent article or subject we cover in the magazine? Here’s your chance to sound off. Please keep your thoughts to no more than 250 words and include your full name and location (city/state). Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Email letters@americanwestmagazine.com.