Submissions are currently CLOSED.

Timeworn Literary Journal welcomes unpublished historical fiction submissions in English under 5,000 words. They should be set before 1996, rooted in history and voice-driven. Stories do not need to necessarily be about a specific historical event, only set within history.


Pick a time; pick a frock or a waistcoat. Let's dance!  


We're looking for "Historical Fiction from the fringe." Work with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. Speculative elements strongly encouraged. We like our spec subtle, with low-key elements of historical fantasy, fabulism, slip-stream, magical realism, and science fiction.

Think, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill.

Think, Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

Think, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.

Think, The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

Think, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

While we love a tasteful sex scene, no erotica. No gratuitous violence or rape.

History can vary a great deal based on the perspective it's written from. We aim to publish stories from all walks of life and encourage perspectives often marginalized by traditional western history.

Hard Sells:

  • Westerns

  • Stories written in letters

  • Stories where the Main Character is telling another character's life story

  • Arthurian Legends

we do not accept novel excerpts, flash fiction or poetry. We do consider reprints.



  • Story should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

  • Send via e-mail to

  • Include a short cover letter in the body of the e-mail.

  • Attach submission in .docx format.

  • Use Standard Manuscript Format in Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced. (we do not need your address on a submission)

  • Subject line should read: SUBMISSION: [story title] [word count].

  • Simultaneous submissions ok, but let us know as soon as the story is accepted elsewhere.

  • One submission per person per cycle.

Stories will be published in a limited quantity of hand-bound, saddle stitch publications twice a year, available for purchase in October and April for $10. Stories will also be available via ebook and on our website.

Payment of $25 will be sent to authors upon acceptance + print contributor copy upon publication.


Timeworn asks for non-exclusive first serial print rights to publish in print, e-book and online formats. We also ask for archival rights for as long as is in existence. Once work is published, rights revert back to the author. We do not ask for exclusivity for any length of time.