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   Follow the usual Retrospect submission guide lines, avoiding plagiarism and the submission of work that has already been published elsewhere.

   Demonstrate creative flair in your work by embellishing historical narratives, for example by adding or changing characters or situations to show originality. This is not an academic piece and invites creativity.

   Research your period well considering the timeline of events, not neglecting the minor historical details to incorporate into your work. Please submit a short bibliography of your research to clarify your sources.

   Utilise our historical fiction writing prompts in the form of images and extracts to inspire your work.

   Plan your piece of fiction. What is its purpose and audience?

   Submit works that contradict the historical narrative of events as we understand them. For example, it is perfectly acceptable to submit fiction set during the fall of the Roman Empire, but it is not acceptable to submit fiction set in world in which the Roman Empire never fell.

   Use a historical setting or event that you have not researched in advance; this can be culturally insensitive and it often results in historical inaccuracies.

   Use archaic language. Such language is seldom vital to impactful historical fiction and often requires explanation, for which you will likely not have room in a 1000 word submission.

   Rely on clichés of the genre such as works framed as epistolary or diary fiction. We strongly encourage writers to be innovative and experimental with their submissions.

   Use curse words. Retrospect is ultimately an academic publication