We like old westerns. Hank Williams is one of our favorite writers. Used boots are better than new sneakers. At Cowboy Jamboree we promote writing that leans the same way. If it is western, western noir, new south, folk, or rural, it is our kind of writing, fiction or non-.
Cowboy Jamboree is dedicated to publishing those stories and creative non-fiction pieces that stir our passions for the people and places that we call rural, be they about the woods, the South, the hills of Kentucky, or the western plains. We prefer our writing to have some grit and rough edges, but we can be bowled over by writing of beauty and refinement as well. See our Style & Submit page for guidelines on getting your stuff read for publication, as well as some insight into our favorite writing styles.
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8/4/16: FALL ISSUE RESPONSES: Submissions for the Fall Issue, "With Alacrity!" are now closed. We received a record amount of writing and artwork for the issue; we should have final responses out on the status of all submissions by the middle of September. Thank you kindly for your patience; much appreciated.
6/23/16: RIP Ralph Stanley; we at CJ are saddened to hear the news of the passing of bluegrass and folk legend Ralph Stanley; his awesome rendition of "Oh, Death" was the inspiration for our first issue and theme.
5/18/16: Jared Yates Sexton: We're pleased as punch to announce that hard hittin' author of The Hook and the Haymaker Jared Yates Sexton has delivered a featured piece for the Fall Issue, "With Alacrity!" If you've followed his fiction or his political and cultural writings (Atticus on the Trail, Bull Magazine), you'll dig his short story, "Don't Speed in Register Georgia." Sexton, along with a Best of the Net selection, has had work appear in publications like Salon, Southern Humanities Review, Hobart, PANK, and elsewhere. His stories have been nominated for a handful of Pushcarts, the Million Writers Award, and he was a finalist for the New American Fiction Prize. His first book, An End To All Things, was lauded by critics in Publisher’s Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Portland Book Review, among others. See jysexton.com for more on his stuff and check out the fall issue in September for the story.
4/1/16: New Issue & Call: Spring Issue, "Flood Waters," out now! Check out the Current Issue tab above to flip through the magazine format online or download the PDF file for your phone or tablet. Check out the call below or Style & Submit for our latest call for fiction and creative nonfiction for the Fall 2016 Issue, "With Alacrity."
[Current Cowboy Jamboree call for Fiction and Non]
If your rural or western work is drownin' in its own sweat, it'd be perfect for the Fall 2016 Issue of Cowboy Jamboree, "With Alacrity!" We want stories, fiction or non, that get at it with a sense of urgency for this issue. Storm comin'? Fence down? Calf dyin'? Gun drawn? Whatever sense of urgency your rural or western story carries, we'd be interested in takin' a poke at it for our Fall issue. As always, we prefer writing with some rough edges and guts. Swearin' and killin' don't offend us. We nominate for Pushcart and Best of the Net. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formatting with 12 point font. We take flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction, artwork, photography, and vignettes. Deadline: August 1, 2016