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.
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.