Submission Guidelines

Books submitted for review consideration for the print magazine the Historical Novels Review should have been published within the past year. Route to market is not a criterion for us, but all submissions should be professionally written and edited. The books reviewed are all works of historical fiction, that is, works of fiction set at least 50 years in the past. Besides traditional and literary historical novels, we also feature reviews of historical mystery, historical fantasy, historical romance, sagas, alternate history, Christian historical fiction, time-slip novels, children’s and young adult historicals, and a small number of relevant non-fiction titles.

Please provide the following information:  author, title, publisher, publisher’s address, publication date, price, number of pages, ISBN, and a brief plot description.  We will accept galleys/ARCs as well as finished copies.  If you submit galleys, please follow up with a copy of the finished book when possible.  Neither books nor galleys can be returned. Although we will consider novels published within the last year, we like to receive materials as early as possible.

Reviews that feature in the print magazine the Historical Novels Review will also be featured on this website either at the time of the magazine’s publication or earlier if we see fit. Because of space restrictions, not all reviews will appear in the print magazine, but those that are not will still be featured on this website, labelled ‘Online Exclusive’. They will also be identified with the edition of the print magazine whose editorial process they shared.

We will not review all novels received. Our editorial decisions are final, and we will not discuss novels that we have chosen not to review. Membership of the society is not relevant to this process: it is not possible to buy a review from the Historical Novel Society, nor does membership bring any entitlement to a review.