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Please note the following changes to The Copperfield Review:

As of June 1, 2017, we are no longer publishing in quarterly editions. We will now be publishing new pieces throughout each month. Authors should expect to hear from us within 6-8 weeks of sending their submissions.

We are pleased to announce that we are now a paying market. Although we cannot pay much yet, we will be creating Patreon and Gofundme accounts with the intention of paying our authors more. Please note that payments are only for authors published after June 1, 2017, and payment is only for authors who are accepted for publication. Our rates are as follows:

Book reviews: $15

Poetry: $15 per poem

Short stories: $20

Interviews with historical novelists: $20

Nonfiction about history, tips for writing historical fiction, or personal essays about the writing life: $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. Please note that 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 are undergoing a number of changes at The Copperfield Review, so in order to be sure your work is considered for publication you should follow the new guidelines.

Here are our top 9 tips for submitting to editors. Check here for our responses for Jim Harrington’s Six Questions for Editors and Publishers for those interested in what editors think when they’re going over submissions.

We’re sorry, but questions that can be answered by reading our guidelines are not likely to receive a response.

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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.

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 have accepted your work. Proofread your work prior to sending it in and send the correct bio with your submission. Whatever you send as your submission is what will be published if we accept your work. No exceptions.

Authors who have been published in The Copperfield Review who need to have their work removed from our website should contact us at our new email address: 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.

Keep in mind that The Copperfield Review is a journal of historical fiction. Submissions that are not historical in nature will not be considered for publication. If you want some tips about what we look for when we’re considering historical fiction and poetry submissions, read this. 

While we have many contributors we have published numerous times over the years, please don’t be greedy and send frequent submissions. We like to make room for new authors we have not yet published in Copperfield, which means that we don’t necessarily accept pieces from previous contributors.

Please note our new email address: copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com.

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.
  • Authors submitting short stories may submit one story per month.
  • We accept submissions of history-based poetry. Please note that we are now only accepting one poem per poet per submission each month.
  • Include a third person bio with your submission.
  • Send in the complete manuscript. Do not query first.

Nonfiction

  • We accept submissions of nonfiction articles with tips for writing historical fiction or personal essays about writing historical fiction.
  • We also accept author interviews with authors of historical fiction.
  • There is a 3000 word limit for nonfiction submissions.
  • Nonfiction authors may submit one submission per month.
  • Include a third person bio with your submission.
  • Send in 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 Google Docs. 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. Reviewers may send in one submission per month. Send in 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.

Interested in a review from The Copperfield Review?

The Copperfield Review is now offering reviews of historical novels.

Pricing:

Standard Review

$50 (5-9 week turnaround)

Premium Review

$75 (4-6 week turnaround)

Learn more here. 

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