Where to submit historical fiction

Magazines and journals that publish historical fiction & poetry

This month we’re focusing on great places to submit historical fiction—stories, novellas, novel excerpts, and even poetry. Many magazines are open to well-written stories with a historical setting but very few actively seek historical fiction. The ones on our list specialise in it. All allow simultaneous submissions, don’t charge reading fees, and some will actually pay you.

Not what you’re looking for? Check out our other lists and resources on publishing. Interested in writing historical fiction? See our guide to the basics.

Note: We are a creative writing school and compile these lists for the benefit of our students. Please don’t send us your publishing queries or submissions :). Click on the green links to go to the publication’s website and look for their submissions page.


The Copperfield Review focuses on short historical fiction and historical poetry but also accepts relevant essays, interviews and articles. You can send in your stories of between 500 – 3000 words, novel excerpts up to 3000 words, and poems (1 poem per submission), including reprints. And they’ll pay you: $20 per short story and $15 per poem. If you don’t hear from them within 12 weeks you can assume your work wasn’t a good fit. They read year-round.

Timeworn Literary Journal accepts short stories of 2000 to 5000 words set before 1996. The editors appreciate the surreal, the dream-like, the strange and speculative elements are encouraged. They publish in print and online twice a year. Payment is $25 per story and they tend to respond quickly with a yes or no—often within a few weeks. You can submit work for their next issue beginning 1 July 2020.

Flashback Fiction welcomes historical flash fiction, prose poetry and hybrid pieces up to 500 words for weekly online publication. It’s left to you to decide what qualifies as “historical” but the editors note that stories set in the 21st century are a hard sell. You can submit work from 15 January to 15 July and from 15 September to 15 December. The editors ask for 90 days to make a decision but sometimes take longer.

The Magazine of History & Fiction accepts everything from flash fiction to novellas and novel excerpts (up t0 25,000 words) for online publication. They are also open to reprints. The editors generally respond with a couple of months.

8 April 2020

4 responses on "Where to submit historical fiction"

  1. As a writer of historical fiction, this blog post was extremely helpful. I’d like to inform other writers of historical fiction that there is a new literary magazine of historical fiction: Sundial Magazine.

    There are few places in the literary landscape today for short historical fiction. Sundial Magazine aspires to provide a place for new voices in historical fiction. We are also looking for visual artists to create illustrations of stories and poems.

    Call for submissions is open: sites.google.com/view/sundial-magazine/

  2. I’m new in the search for a historical fiction magazine, so I will appreciate any and all in assisting me to educate myself about who and where to submit my historical fiction articles.
    I am an independent historian not from any academic institution, I am without a degree, but I do posses many many years of experience in Historical Fiction, since the 1980s. I want a career as a Historian even if I do not posses a degree. I have worked hard to be where I am at. I truly appreciate any and all assistance to help me reach my goal in life.
    Thank you
    Vespasian G.P 75040513

  3. For future writers, the second and fourth magazines on this list appear to be defunct.

  4. To add to what Jared said, for even futurer writers, the first magazine is now defunct, too.

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