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Please note the changes to submissions at The Copperfield Review. Changes are in effect as of February 21, 2021.

We are now using Submittable. As such, we are no longer accepting submissions via email. Submissions sent via email prior to 2/21/21 will still be accepted. However, email submissions sent after 2/21/21 will not be accepted and all authors are expected to use Submittable. There is a $3 USD reading fee.

For more on our decision to use Submittable, read this.
submitPlease keep in mind that The Copperfield Review is a journal of historical fiction. We are a paying market. Our rates are as follows:

Book reviews: $15

Poetry: $15 per poem

Fiction: $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. Writers are paid when their stories are published. 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. It is the contributor’s responsibility to understand how PayPal works. The Copperfield Review does not assist writers with PayPal. We do not accept PayPal invoices from writers.

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If you are serious about being published in The 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 The 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 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Do not query first.

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 manuscript. Do not query first. While we do sometimes publish reviews of older books, we prefer reviews of recently published historical novels. 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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