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We thank the authors who submitted their work for the Winter 2017 edition of The Copperfield Review. We regret that there will be no Winter edition this year. If you have submitted your work for consideration for the Winter edition and you would like to have it considered for the Spring edition in April, you don’t need to do anything. We’ll contact you in April regarding the status of your submission. If you need to remove your submission for any reason, we understand. Email us at copperreview(at)aol(dot)com to let us know that you are removing your submission. Check our Facebook page for the latest news and information.

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We respectfully request that authors, agents, publishers, and publicists 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. 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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The Copperfield Review is a quarterly journal published in January, April, July, and October. 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, please 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 e-mail 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, and since we only publish four times a year that means 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.

To contact The Copperfield Review with questions or comments, send an e-mail to copperreview(at)aol(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 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.

Nonfiction

  • We are currently seeking submissions of nonfiction articles.
  • 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 copperreview(at)aol(dot)com. Be sure to include your third person bio if you want your work considered for publication. We do not accept file attachments as submissions. Submissions sent as file attachments will be deleted unread.

Authors submitting their work should expect to hear from us the last week of the month in which the new edition will be published. Authors submitting their work now will be considered for the Spring 2017 edition and they will hear from us the last week in April regarding the status of their submissions. Submissions received after the 25th of the publication month (January, April, July, and October) will be considered for the following edition.

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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 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.

Pricing:

Standard Review

$100 (5-9 week turnaround)

Premium Review

$175 (4-6 week turnaround)

Learn more here. 

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