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The Fall issue, "with Alacrity!" is now out! Check the Current Issue out by clicking the button or link above.
See below and on our "Stable of Writers" and "Recognition & Awards" pages for our Pushcart Nominees!! Congrats to the CJ Noms and good luck in the big competition!!
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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10/17/2016: Cowboy Jamboree announces its Pushcart Prize Nominees:
Hillary Leftwich: "Paladin"
Kristie Betts Letter: "Silver Cornet Band"
Noah Milligan: "A Good Start"
Robert James Russell: "Wolf Hunt, 1946"
Jared Yates Sexton: "Don't Speed in Register, Georgia"
C. Gregory Thompson: "Runner, Runner"
Note: These are the stories CJ is submitting to the Pushcart committee to represent our 2016 publications; we will post updates if any are selected for inclusion
10/13/2016: BOB DYLAN WINS NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE!! We're big supporters of this:
BOB DYLAN WINS NOBEL PRIZE
9/15/16: LIKE US ON FACEBOOK and FOLLOW CJ ON TWITTER: @CowboyJamboree
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.
[Current Cowboy Jamboree call for Fiction and Non]
we are currently closed for submissions & we'll post the Spring issue theme and call for submissions soon after the Fall 2016 issue, "with Alacrity!" is released (10/3/2016)