A Look Back at History
In the spirit of last week’s post, I thought I would add to this series by looking at journals and magazines that look for historical fiction. At first glance, it might not seem like a lot, but many journals that look for genre fiction also include historical fiction on their list of preferred genres. Here is a small list of journals and magazines that accept different forms of historical fiction.
The Copperfield Review
This journal is very keen on you only submitting historical fiction. On their website, they say, “Please keep in mind that we are a journal of historical fiction. If your submission is not historical in nature it will not be considered for publication.”
They look for novel excerpts, book reviews, and short stories up to 3,000 words. They also accept shorter fiction between 500 and 1,000 words. You can find their full guidelines here.
They look for historical fiction, but specifically Western fiction. They ask when you submit to keep the story between 1,500 and 5,000 words. You can find their full guidelines about what to include with your submission here.
The Gettysburg Review
Unlike other journals mentioned on this list, they don’t specifically look for historical fiction, but they accept it. They look for various lengths of fiction, visual art, poetry, and essays. You can find their guidelines on their website here to also get a feel for what they like, but you can also go straight to their submittable page here.
Open Range is a section of the Contra Viento journal that looks for Western fiction. You can find their page here to get a feel for what they publish there. Their submission page states, “Open Range is our home for more frequent postings of art and writing from rangelands and the American West. We are currently open for submissions in all of the above, as well as essays, reviews, profiles, interviews, photo stories, reportage, and other.”
Flashback Fiction has a specific section for historical flash fiction as well as other genres. On their website, they say, “We welcome unusual perspectives, magical realism, fabulism, alternate histories, and things that don’t seem to fit comfortably in any particular box. There is a maximum word count of 500 words (not including titles), but we welcome much shorter pieces as well and have no minimum word count.” You can find full guidelines here.
This magazine is specifically for historical fiction. They look for poetry, visual art, flash fiction, short stories, novelettes, and more. You can find their full guidelines here.
Want to know more? Check out some of my other posts while my portfolio is under construction! You’ll also find some helpful links to my work in journals in the Original Writing page. You can find me in Ariel Chart, The Cedarville Review, Nailpolish Stories, Bluepepper, 50 Word Stories, The Aurora Journal, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, The Drabble, Anti-heroin Chic, Art of Autism, Your Daily Poem, Sanctuary Magazine, and Sledgehammer Lit. You can now also find my FREE microchap at Origami Poems Project, which I am also offering here.