Writer’s Guidelines

Persimmon Hill magazine, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s award-winning journal on the West. The magazine premiered in 1970, an occasion that also marked the fifth anniversary of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. With the exception of a publishing hiatus in 1985 and 1986, Persimmon Hill has been published continuously as the museum’s flagship publication.

In the past 35 years, the magazine has doubled in size, expanded its editorial content, and enhanced its graphic design. During its history, the magazine has provided a veritable parade of cowboy heroes for its readers. Among the notable westerners profiled have been John Wayne, Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Walter Brennan, Randolph Scott, Harry Carey Jr., and Roy Rogers.

Some of the West’s most noted writers have been featured including John Steinbeck, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Willa Cather, Louis L’Amour, J. Frank Dobie, Elmer Kelton, and William Wittliff. The work of photographers Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Kurt Markus, Laura Gilpin, Ike Fordyce, Barbara Van Cleve, David Stoecklein, and Christopher Marona also have been published in Persimmon Hill.

Inquiries pertaining to Writers’ Guidelines and potential articles or photo essays should be directed to Persimmon Hill Editor. Email queries are preferred (see contact below). Phone queries are not accepted. Information regarding available back issues and complete sets of Persimmon Hill magazine should be directed to Judy Hilovsky, Editor, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111, (405) 478-2250, Ext. 213. Persimmon Hill magazine is a benefit of Museum membership. Get involved starting at just $40 per year by purchasing online or by calling Diana Fields at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 251.

Writers’ Guidelines

Persimmon Hill is a four-color magazine published by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum®, 1700 N.E. 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. For an audience interested in western art, history, ranching and rodeo. Circulation approximately 5,000. Buys first North American rights; byline given. Accepts no reprints. Pays on publication. Query with clips. No phone queries are accepted. We do not accept multiple submissions. Allow a minimum of six weeks for a response from the editor and editorial board. Sample copy $11.00, including postage and handling. Persimmon Hill magazine is a benefit of Museum membership. Get involved starting at just $40 per year by purchasing online or by calling Diana Fields at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 251.

Nonfiction: Historical and contemporary articles on notable persons connected with pioneering the American West, Western art, rodeo, cowboys, Western flora, animal life or other phenomena of the West of today or yesterday. Articles must be historically accurate. Sources must be documented. We require lively, top-notch writing. Length: no more than 1,500 words. Pay ranges from $100 to $250, including photographs.

Regular Departments

  • Great Hotels of the West ~ historic lodges, hotels or inns, 1,000 words or less
  • Western Entrepreneurs ~ contemporary craftsmen who are keeping traditional Western gear and trappings alive, 1,000 words or less
  • Western Personalities ~ contemporary western men/women who are making a positive contribution to the western lifestyle, 1,000 words or less

Photos: Glossy prints, color transparencies or black and white historical images submitted and purchased with the manuscript. Captions required. Digital images on CD/DVD in CMYK at 300 dpi with a minimum of 4 meg resolution. Color bar must be included in the photograph if we are to do accurate color reproduction. Persimmon Hill will not be responsible for any loss or damage to original or historic photographs or documents. If materials are of heirloom quality, copies should be made. Format for Submissions: CDs/DVDs accompanied by a letter quality print-out are required. All print-outs must be typed, double-spaced, using front side of paper only. CDs/DVDs must be in a software program that is compatible with Microsoft Word. Software program information must be provided with the manuscript. CDs/DVDs will not be returned.

Tips: Send us a story that captures the spirit of adventure and individualism that typifies the Old West or reveals a facet of the Western lifestyle in contemporary society. The availability of superior illustrations or photographs strongly influences the sale of an article to us.

Address all query letters directly to:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 N.E. 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111
405) 478-6404 FAX (405) 478-4714