Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Historical Fiction Short Story Q

While writing my novel(s), I've been toying with the idea of doing a short story idea about Queen Artemisia (one of the few female naval commanders in history) or Pheidippides (the original Marathon runner). But short story historical fiction doesn't seem that popular. Does anyone have any suggestions about where to submit such a story online or offline? I know about Paradox Magazine, but a quick Google search didn't help much beyond that...

9 comments:

Constance said...

There's not many places that like the mostly historical stuff. Besides Paradox, there's GUD and some literary reviews. Some children's oriented also, depending on your slant. I couldn't find a home for my Xerxes' Canal story. Yet.

Susan Higginbotham said...

Solander magazine (a print publication) accepts short fiction.

http://www.historicalnovelsociety.org/solander2.htm

There's also The Copperfield Review:

http://www.copperfieldreview.com/

Carla said...

Susan beat me to it - Solander, published by the HNS, accepts short stories.

I suppose you could try the Fish competitions that turn up now and again, but I think those have a non-trivial entry fee.

Meghan said...

I wanna read the Xerxes's story! Is it on your site? Did I miss it? I bet it's awesome.

Thanks for the suggestions. If you think of any more, let me know!

Gabriele C. said...

Maybe we should start someting, lol. A website about Historical Stories That Won't Find a Home Elsewhere or some such. :)

Gabriele C. said...

Btw, it's even worse with novelette length fiction. There are a few places for short stories, but to sell a novelette, you either need to be a well known author, or write Fantasy (some Fantasy magazines accept up to 20K stories). Novellas don't fare too well either, except if they're Romance and acceptable for Harlequin Category. ;)

Meghan said...

Great idea! I wonder how one goes about doing it though...?

Constance said...

The Xerxes story is not on my website or blog, I've had it making the rounds, now I'm going to pull it and retool a bit. It's not actually about Xerxes, but one of his engineers... imagine that. *g*

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