Guidelines

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We publish new pieces throughout each month. Authors should expect to hear from us within 12-16 weeks of sending their submissions.

The Copperfield Review is a paying market. Our rates are as follows:

Book reviews: $15

Poetry: $15 per poem

Short stories: $20

Interviews with historical novelists: $20

Nonfiction about tips for writing historical fiction or personal essays about writing historical fiction: $25

All payments are in U.S. dollars. Authors selected for publication after June 1, 2017 who wish to be paid must have a PayPal account. PayPal is our only method of payment at this time, so if your work is accepted and you wish to be paid by The Copperfield Review you will need to have a valid PayPal account.

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Authors, agents, publishers, and publicists should carefully read and follow all guidelines prior to submitting. We’re sorry, but questions that can be answered by reading our guidelines are not likely to receive a response.

Please keep track of your submissions. We are unable to respond to queries asking when or if you submitted your work to us.

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To contact us, please email us at copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com.

We accept submissions 365 days a year. We accept previously published submissions. We do not charge reading fees. We reserve the right to edit the work we publish for length, content, and clarity. We reserve the right to remove an author’s work from our website at any time. We reserve the right to withdraw an acceptance for publication at any time.

Authors must notify us immediately if they need to remove their submission or if their work is accepted elsewhere while it is under consideration at The Copperfield Review. We are unable to consider future submissions from authors who do not respect this request.

Authors, do not submit a new version of your story or a new bio after we accept your work. Send the final draft of your story and the correct bio with your submission.

Authors who have been published in The Copperfield Review and need to have their work removed from our website should contact us at copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com.

Do not contact editors at their personal email addresses or social media accounts with questions or comments regarding The Copperfield Review. All Copperfield business should be sent to The Copperfield Review.

The Copperfield Review is a journal of historical fiction. Submissions that are not historical in nature will not be considered for publication.

Please don’t be greedy and send frequent submissions. We like to make room for authors we have not yet published in Copperfield. Since we receive many submissions every month, that means we don’t always accept pieces from previous contributors. If you have had your work recently turned down by us, we suggest waiting several months before resubmitting. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we are unable to offer feedback on pieces we do not publish.

Fiction/Poetry

  • Short story submissions may be no longer than 3000 words in length. We also accept short shorts of 500-1000 words.
  • We will consider novel excerpts if the excerpt can stand on its own as a short story. The novel excerpt may be no longer than 3000 words.
  • We accept submissions of history-based poetry. Please note that we only accept one poem per poet per submission.
  • Include a third person bio with your submission.
  • Send the complete manuscript. Do not query first.

Nonfiction

  • We accept submissions of nonfiction articles such as tips for writing historical fiction or personal essays about writing historical fiction.
  • We accept nonfiction articles about specific historic eras. Such articles should be properly cited.
  • We also accept interviews with authors of historical fiction.
  • There is a 3000 word limit for nonfiction submissions.
  • Include a third person bio with your submission.
  • Send the complete manuscript. Do not query first.

Stories, articles, or poems that do not meet our guidelines will not be considered for publication.

To Submit Your Work:

Paste your submission and third person bio into an email and send it to copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com. We do not accept file attachments as submissions. Submissions sent as file attachments will be deleted unread. We do not accept submissions sent as a Google doc file. Submissions sent as a Google doc file will be deleted unread.

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Reviews

If you have written a review of an historical novel or a nonfiction book about history or writing, we welcome the submission of your review. Send the complete manuscript. Do not query first. Book reviews must be submitted with book review information:

  1. title of novel
  2. author of novel
  3. publisher
  4. how many quills awarded (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being best)
  5. Include a third person bio with your submission.

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