The Journal of Historical Fictions

international, interdisciplinary, open access, double blind peer-reviewed


Call for Submissions:

Narrative constructions of the past constitute a powerful discursive system for the production of cognitive and ideological representations of identity, agency, and social function, and for the negotiation of conceptual relationships between societies in different times and lived experience. Historical fictions measure the gap between the pasts we are permitted to know and those we wish to know, interacting between the meaning-making narrative and the narrative-resistant nature of the past.

The Journal of Historical Fictions welcomes proposals from disciplines as diverse as archaeology, literature, film, history, media studies, art history, musicology, reception studies, and museum studies. We encourage ambitious approaches , using new methodologies to support research into larger trends, and more theoretically informed understandings of the mode across historical periods, cultures, media and languages.

ISSN: 2514-2089


Alexander Carpenter (University of Alberta), Rachel Friars (Queen’s University, Ontario) and Helen Young (Deakin University)

Advisory Board
Professor Dr Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester
Dr Nicola Griffith
Dr Gregory Hampton, Howard University
Professor Fiona Price, University of Chichester
Professor Martina Seifert, University of Hamburg
Professor Diana Wallace, University of South Wales

We welcome offers of service on the Advisory Board, and for specialist peer-reviewing.

We invite spontaneous submissions of articles of about 4,000 to 5,000 words for consideration. All email enquiries will be answered within three days:

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The Journal of Historical Fictions evolved from the first conference of the Historical Fictions Research Network, held at Anglia Ruskin University, UK, in 2016. The Journal is an Open Access, double-blind peer-reviewed scholarly journal, published online at It is intended that two issues will be published each year. All articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.