Since its beginning in 2000, The Copperfield Review has become known worldwide as a leading literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. Now, to celebrate its 15th anniversary, The Copperfield Review has put together its first anthology. History Will Be Kind features some of our most beloved contributors as well as new authors certain to become favorites. Whether you're an avid reader of The Copperfield Review or a fan of historical fiction, History Will Be Kind has historical short stories and poetry for you.
Since its beginning in 2000, The Copperfield Review, a literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction, has become known worldwide as a leading market for historical fiction. The Copperfield Review has been featured in Writer’s Digest, Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market, Killer Startups, Duotrope, The Los Angeles Times, and Las Vegas Seven Magazine. The Copperfield Review was named one of the top sites for new writers by Writer’s Digest and it has received the Books and Authors Award for Literary Excellence. The Copperfield Review was also named one of the top sites for historical fiction. The Copperfield Review has published its first anthology, History Will Be Kind: An Anthology of Historical Fiction.
The Copperfield Review also publishes as Copperfield Review Quarterly, which includes print and digital editions in January, April, July, and October. For our submission guidelines, visit copperfieldreview.com or copperfieldreviewquarterly.com.
Full disclosure: one of my stories is featured in this book, so I'm inclined to like it!
Having said that, I don't think that it would be out of place for me to admire what this anthology does, and praise it for a great collection of historical fiction and poetry. Unlike speculative and literary fiction, historical writing is not showcased enough in journals and magazines, and this anthology is refreshing in its ambition and scope.
A glance at this collection shows you just how many worlds historical fiction can open up as a genre, from Plantagenet England to Ancient Greece to 20th Century Mexico. The fiction and poetry are well-balanced, and all is packaged with a beautiful cover.
Highlights for me include the poem "Ah, Devon Unbowed" by Tom Sheehan, evoking a coastal England that is close to my heart, and "A Lucky Boy" by Sarah Evans, which reminded me of Dickens in its touching portrayal of a boy missing his family.
History Will Be Kind is publisher and author Meredith Allard's first anthology containing historical short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from established and emerging authors. Full disclosure: I have a piece published in this book. With that said, I discovered compelling and entertaining works. "Where It Hurts" by Lucy Ribchester set on the shores of the Thames is 1768 packs an emotional wallop. Hal O' Leary offers his first person account of his World War II service in "To Die or Not to Die". Encompassing time periods from the Civil War, Victorian England, and antiquity, this anthology offers something for everybody and every mood.
Some pretty good stories in this collection. Most of the stories were not to my usual taste. I gave the four stars based on the stories that were in line with my usual reading. A good book if you enjoy non science fiction historical fiction.