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Welcome to the the Historical Novel Society North America, “the place for historical fiction.”

Our next North American Conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, June 24-26, 2021. Sign up for our email list to stay in the loop.


Statement on Inclusion and Diversity

The Historical Novel Society of North America (HNSNA) stands firmly against bias, oppression, or unfair treatment of all people. As we feel the pain of what is happening today in America and in the treatment of disenfranchised citizens, we renew our commitment to and celebration of equity, inclusion, and equal justice for all. Bigotry cannot be tolerated, for when words and acts willfully inflict terror and harm, they destroy freedom of speech, freedom of discourse, and freedom to live.

HNSNA strives in all its activities, including board membership, conference programming, conference activities, and registration practices, to honor the diversity of all people. We champion the freedom to write, celebrate the value of fiction to foster empathy, and honor the ways in which historical fiction can illuminate lessons from the past.


“It was refreshing to not be the only oddball writing about history and exciting to meet oodles of like-minded nerds.”

Kip Wilson, author of YA historical novel in verse, WHITE ROSE

“The HNS conference is a celebration of our genre and a gathering of kindred spirits.”

Patricia Bracewell, author of SHADOW ON THE CROWN and THE PRICE OF BLOOD