Submission Guidelines for CRQ

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We are no longer using Submittable. To submit to Copperfield Review, include your work pasted into the body of an email, a third-person bio, and an email address to copperfieldreview@gmail.com. We do not respond to attachments. Be sure to state “Submission” in the subject of your email. There is no reading fee.

We are currently reading for our January 2023 edition, so you can expect a response beginning January 9, 2023.

Please do take the same time and care that you would take with a Submittable submission. Submissions that do not meet our guidelines will not be considered.

Copperfield Review is a literary journal of historical fiction that publishes short historical fiction and history-based poetry. Please note that we are not accepting book review requests at this time. Please do not query asking if we will review your novel.

Our online journal will be published quarterly in January, April, July, and October. As of November 2022, print and digital editions will no longer be published. If you are submitting to Copperfield Review, you are submitting your work to appear in our online journal.

Authors who agree to appear in Copperfield Review grant Copperfield Review the right to publish their work online. Otherwise, authors retain all rights to their work and they are free to license or sell their work however they wish. Copyright of each edition is owned by Copperfield Review. Authors whose works are chosen to appear in Copperfield Review agree to have their stories or poems appear in marketing materials to promote the journal.

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If you are serious about being published in Copperfield Review you might take the time to read the following guidelines about what we’re looking for when considering work for publication.

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Contact Copperfield Review at copperfieldreview(at)gmail(dot)com.

We accept submissions 365 days a year. We accept previously published submissions. 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 or our journal at any time. We reserve the right to withdraw an acceptance for publication at any time.

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

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.
  • Include a third-person bio with your submission.
  • Please proofread your work and send the correct bio with your submission. If we accept your work, we cannot guarantee changes to your story or bio after your work has been formatted for publication.

Book Reviews

If you have written a review of a historical novel or a nonfiction book about history or writing, we welcome the submission of your review. Send the complete review. Do not query first. We are seeking reviews of recently published historical novels or history-based nonfiction, recently meaning within the last 12 months. 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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