Through the Ages: Seven Markets for Historical Short Fiction

Written by A Guest Author

By Alex J. Coyne

Historical fiction is an astonishingly vast genre that transports authors and readers back to the past – from Wild West tales of cowboys and gunslingers to prehistoric fiction featuring the early beginnings of mankind. Take a look at some of these magazines, websites and literary journals that accept historical short fiction.

Asimov’s Science Fiction

Paying Market

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine is a well-known market for science fiction stories; while mostly publishing science fiction, their definition is broad and historical cross-overs aren’t uncommon. Stories of 7,500 words and under are paid at 8 to 10 cents per word and 8 cents per word for anything over that. They are very particular about their manuscript submission formatting, so take careful note of their guidelines.

The Copperfield Review

Paying Market

The Copperfield Review is a literary journal for writers of historical fiction. They accept short fiction of 500 to 1, 000 words or short stories of 3,000 words and under; they also accept novel excerpts that “can stand on its own as a short story”, historical poetry and nonfiction submissions about genre writing. Guidelines note that they prefer submissions of full manuscripts. Authors should include a bio with their submission. They pay $20 per short story, $15 per poem and $25 for nonfiction pieces about writing.

Escape Publishing

Paying Market

Escape Publishing is an Australian publisher of romance and part of Harlequin Enterprises. While they publish many sub-genres of romance fiction, they also look for historical romance. They accept short stories of between 5,000 to 10,000 words; longer pieces are also accepted for publication. Submission guidelines advise that authors format stories according to their guidelines and submit with a synopsis – plus three chapters in the case of longer submissions. Payment is via royalties four times per year.

Historic Heroines

Paying Market

Historic Heroines is a publication focused on historical tales of female empowerment. For fiction, they’re looking for stories about fictional or real women experiencing real-life historical events – so you can get creative! Accepted length is between 1,500 to 5,000 words, and they pay a $25 flat fee to contributors if your story is accepted. They also publish non-fiction articles and book reviews of 1,000 words.

Mithila Review

Paying Market

Mithila Review is described as “a quarterly journal of science fiction and fantasy.” They accept multi-genre submissions, though they also like to blend historical fiction into it. They pay $50 for stories of between 4,000 to 8,000 words and $10 for poetry, essays and fiction under 2,500 words.

Frontier Tales Western Stories

Non-Paying Market

Frontier Tales looks for Western era fiction of between 1,500 to 5,000 words. They accept longer stories if they are split up into serialized parts. Authors are asked to submit the entire story instead of pitches first. Guidelines request that authors submit a 100 word biography and a blurb of 50 words or less. It can take up to six months to receive a response.

The Western Online

Token-Paying Market

The Western Online is an online magazine devoted to everything Old West. They’re looking for historical Western fiction of 5,000 words and under, though guidelines note their sweet spot is around 3,000 words. Guidelines ask that authors submit full pieces with a 100 word author bio and contact information on the first page of the manuscript. They pay a flat rate of $5 to contributors if your story is accepted for publication.