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Timeworn Literary Journal is Seeking Submissions for its Inaugural Issue

Timeworn Literary Journal, a new print publication featuring historical fiction, is seeking submissions for its first issue.

The focus of this new venture is historical fiction set before 1996, rooted in history and voice-driven.

The editors of Timeworn Literary Journal are seeking submissions of “Historical Fiction from the fringe. Work with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. The offbeat kind of story that settles into your heart long after reading. That said, we also value beauty and warmth and a generally well-written story with soul. Romance, Mystery, Crime and the Gothic are all acceptable. Speculative elements strongly encouraged.”

The journal is based in New York and is being run and funded by Courtney Ellis and Casey Reinhardt. When the two met in a writing group a few years ago, Courtney was writing historical fiction and Casey was writing speculative fiction. According to Casey, the two began working so closely that “the two ideas merged in our subconscious. We started finding all of these marvellous authors we both loved who were combining the historical with the speculative to create these incredible, gorgeous books. Heather O’Neill’s Lonely Hearts Hotel and Samantha Hunt’s The Invention of Everything Else to name a few.”

Casey also emphasised that the goal of the journal is to “find and publish authors writing within this intersection, but also to bring attention to this hard-to-classify genre through reviews and essays. There aren’t many venues for historical fiction in the literary magazine market right now and we hope to create a space for writers and readers alike.”

There are no submission fees and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

The inaugural issue of Timeworn Literary Journal will be published in October 2019. The editors intended to produce hand-bound, saddle stitch publications twice a year.


Historical fiction set before 1996


All submissions should be under 5000 words


US$25 upon acceptance and once contributor copy upon publication


Thursday 1 August 2019


Visit the Timeworn Literary Journal website  to read the full submission guidelines