bklogoVisit us June 1, 2017 for an exciting announcement about changes to The Copperfield Review!

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Authors, agents, publishers, and publicists should carefully read and follow all guidelines prior to submitting. We would much rather say yes than no, and following our guidelines makes it easier for us to say yes. We are undergoing a number of changes at The Copperfield Review, so in order to be sure your work is considered you should follow the new guidelines.

Here are some 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. At this time The Copperfield Review is not a paying market. 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 retain all rights to their work when that work is published in The Copperfield Review.

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.

Do not contact editors at their personal email addresses 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.

While we have many contributors we have published numerous times over the years, please don’t be greedy and send in a submission for every edition. We like to make room for new authors we have not yet published in Copperfield, which means that we don’t always accept pieces from previous contributors. If you have published in Copperfield within the last edition or two, or even three, it’s not likely we’ll publish you again so soon. Don’t tire us out by sending a submission for every single edition. Give it some time so we’ll be happy to hear from you again.

Note our new email address: info(at)copperfieldreview(dot)com. Please send your submissions, questions, and comments to us at info(at)copperfieldreview(dot)com. If you have already sent your submission to our previous email address, that’s fine. You don’t need to resend it. However, submissions sent as of 5/25/17 need to go to the new email address if you want your work considered for publication.


  • 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 edition.
  • We accept submissions of history-based poetry. Poets may submit up to three (3) poems per edition.
  • 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.


  • We are currently seeking submissions of nonfiction articles. For every 100 fiction submissions we receive, we receive one or two nonfiction pieces. Want to stand out from the crowd? Send in history-based nonfiction or nonfiction pieces about writing historical fiction.
  • We also accept creative nonfiction and author interviews.
  • There is a 3000 word limit for nonfiction submissions.
  • Nonfiction authors may send one submission per edition.
  • Send in the complete manuscript. Do not query first.

To Submit Your Work:

Paste your submission and third person bio into an e-mail and send it to info(at)copperfieldreview(dot)com. Be sure to include your third person bio. We do not accept file attachments as submissions. Submissions sent as file attachments will be deleted unread.

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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 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)

Interested in a review from The Copperfield Review?

The Copperfield Review is now offering reviews of historical novels.


Standard Review

$100 (5-9 week turnaround)

Premium Review

$175 (4-6 week turnaround)

Learn more here. 

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