I hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer. I know I am. Today I spent some time by the pool, swimming and reading Outlander #2, Dragonfly in Amber, which I admitted I cheated a bit with since I watched the Starz series before I read the book, which I never do. It’s always great fun to find a new author to love, and that’s what I’ve found with Diana Gabaldon and her amazing historical/fantasy series. It’s actually breezy and not humid here in Las Vegas, which is a pretty neat trick for this time of the year, so it’s been a pretty good day.
For those of you have been following The Coppperfield Review for some time, you’ll notice some changes to the way we’re doing things. We’re no longer a quarterly journal publishing four times a year. Now, we’re publishing one new piece a week. We think this new publishing schedule works better for our authors because they’re getting faster feedback on their submissions, better for us because now we can weed through our many submissions only a few at a time instead of dealing with more than a hundred per quarter, and better for our readers because now there’s something new to read every week. This is one change that is for the better.
Here’s an even more exciting change: The Copperfield Review is now a paying market. While we can’t pay much yet (see our Submission Guidelines for our rates), we’re planning on starting Patreon and Gofundme accounts to help us pay our authors more. Though the payment is only a little bit, it’s still a bit, and we’ve already seen some great submissions come our way through authors who discovered us because we’re a paying market.
Now that we’re getting even more submissions, we’ve been seeing some differing opinions about what a piece of historical fiction or historical poetry looks like. Here’s something I wrote to try to help authors who want to submit their historical fiction or poetry to Copperfield. True, there are many different definitions of historical fiction, and every one of those definitions can be right, but we do look for certain elements of the genre when we consider work for publication.
If you’re an author looking to be published in The Copperfield Review, here’s an interesting statistic: 85% of the submissions we receive are historical fiction, 10% of the submissions we receive are historical poetry, and 5% of the submissions we receive are a combination of nonfiction and book reviews. I bring this up to make the obvious point that if you’re sending historical fiction, you’re facing a lot more competition than if you submit historical poetry. If you really want your submission to stand out so you have a better chance of being published by The Copperfield Review, send in a nonfiction piece about writing and/or researching historical fiction or a book review of a historical novel. We actually pay more for historical nonfiction than we do for historical fiction to try to encourage more nonfiction submissions about writing historical fiction. Obviously, we cannot guarantee publication for any work submitted, but you’re helping your odds by sending in historical nonfiction or a book review.
This is an exciting time for The Copperfield Review. If you know family or friends who love historical fiction, send them our way. Join us on social media. Share your favorite stories, poems, and articles on your own social media. We’re making some great changes, and we’re growing every day.
I wish you all a happy end of summer. Find some great historical novels to read, read our new weekly additions here on Copperfield, and remember why we all love historical fiction in the first place.