Welcome to the combined Submissions Portal for Zimbell House Publishing and Temptation Press

Whether  you are submitting your work to one of our Anthologies or sending us your completed manuscript for possible publication … We have a few guidelines:

Submission Guidelines:

For Manuscripts:

  • Formatting:  Please submit your work in either Microsoft Word format or RTF.  Double-spaced, 12 point font, with one inch margins.  No Headers or footers and please use a simple font, our acquisitions editorial staff will appreciate it. (No hard copies will be accepted.)
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Your Name, Pen Name and Contact Info should be in the upper left hand corner of the document.  Doing so makes it that much easier to contact you.
  • Please only submit your best work.  This means to be certain you have resolved most spelling, punctuation and grammar errors before submitting.
  • Please allow five to six weeks for an evaluation of your work to be returned to you.

For Anthologies & Literary Journals:

  • Word Counts will vary for different anthologies.  Please see the specific anthology for word counts.
  • The work must not have appeared in print anywhere before (Yes, this includes electronic forms).
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to five (5) unique works per anthology or journal.
  • Submission must include a head-shot in .jpg format, and a bio.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins.


Thank you for submitting.  We look forward to reading your work!




Ends on October 15, 2017

Stranded

A Collection of Short Stories


Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories about what would happen if stranded on a deserted island. How did your character get there? Who is with your character? Is the island truly deserted or simply uncharted? Does your character die there, get rescued, or saves him/herself? How does your character survive? Can the island sustain life or is it depleted of natural resources?

We want ’em all, short-stories to novellas, that feature these questions and more. Let’s have some fun with the characters. Are they bent on revenge?  Do they fall in love? We want fully developed characters with plots that capture the imagination.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3.500 and the maximum word count is 20,000.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: Octoberber 15, 2017 with a targeted release date of early December 2017.

Submit your best work.  We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • No work may be more than 20,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions over this word count will be disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works-please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission.  Again there is no charge for the submissions.  This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2017.


Ends on October 31, 2017

Children of Zeus

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories about Zeus's children. These mythic tales can be from either Zeus's POV or from the child's. Is the child a full god-immortal? Acknowledged or denied? A favorite? Does the child have any special abilities or gifts? What will the child's occupation be? Where does he/she live? Do they get along with his other children, what about their mother's family? Any human siblings? What does Zeus's wife, Hera, think? How does the child evolve through the centuries?

We want 'em all, short-stories to novellas, that feature these questions and more. Let's have some fun with the characters. Are they bent on revenge?  Do they fall in love? Do they perpetually strive to please or gain favor with Zeus? We want fully developed characters with plots that capture the imagination.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,500 and the maximum word count is 20,000.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2017 with a targeted release date of late December 2017.

Submit your best work.  We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • No work may be more than 20,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions over this word count will be disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works-please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission.  Again there is no charge for the submissions.  This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2017.


Ends on November 30, 2017

Hera's Daughter

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories about the daughter of Hera. These mythic tales can be from either Hera's POV or from the daughter's. We are looking for tales of match-making, marriage, and how woman invoke her help. How does Hera's daughter feel about this subject? Is she bitter, angry, forever hopeful and optimistic? Does she want her mother's help, want to take over the family business, sabotage it? What about modern day online dating? Is that the invention of Hera?  Or her daughter trying to streamline the requests for help?

We want 'em all, short-stories to novellas, that feature these questions and more. Let's have some fun with the characters.  We want fully developed characters with plots that capture the imagination.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,500 and the maximum word count is 20,000.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2017 with a targeted release date of late January 2018.

Submit your best work.  We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • No work may be more than 20,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions over this word count will be disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works-please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission.  Again there is no charge for the submissions.  This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2017.


Ends on December 15, 2017

A Nymph’s Tale: A Collection of Whimsical Fables

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories about the wee folk. These tales of fantasy should be spun including characters such as nymphs, fairies, pixies, elves, leprechauns, and other magical creatures.  No giants, trolls, vampires or shape-shifters please. Humans are allowed. These fables should contain a lesson learned or otherwise have a moral to the story. A cautionary tale, a virtue learned, these are the tales we are looking to include.

While traditionally a fable contains animals to teach the lesson to a child, in this anthology we will be utilizing the creatures of myth, however this is not a book for children. We want fully developed characters with plots that capture the imagination.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,500 and the maximum word count is 15,000.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017 with a targeted release date of late February 2018.

 Submit your best work.  We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • No work may be more than 15,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions over this word count will be disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works-please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission.  Again there is no charge for the submissions.  This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017.


Welcome to the Retreat 

Let the Adventure Begin

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories about going on a retreat. These tales can be about a couples retreat, a company retreat, a private getaway, or even a writing retreat. The entire short story must take place at the retreat itself, no going off the grounds. The characters don't have to be tied to only quests, let the staff get involved in the story, it can even be from a staffer's POV. Is this a fancy hotel? A private home? A series of villas? Where is the retreat located? How long is the retreat? What services do they offer? Does someone die? Fall in love? Find self-fulfillment? What is the purpose of the retreat? Is for introspection? To get work done? To bond with co-workers? 

Show our readers what's happening rather than telling, by this we mean don't bog down your story with too much narrative. 

We want 'em all, short-stories to novellas, that feature these questions and more. Let's have some fun with the characters. We want fully developed characters with plots that capture the imagination. 

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 4,000 and the maximum word count is 20,000. We will not read submissions under the stated minimum word count. 

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms. 

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017 with a targeted release date of late January 2018. 

There is a $3.00 reading fee for this anthology. 

Submit your best work. We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain. 

Submission Guidelines: 

  • No work may be more than 20,000 words. Please watch your word count. Submissions over this word count will be disqualified for this anthology. 
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English. 
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works-please submit them separately
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font. 

 All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover. Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform. 

Submission Deadline:November 15, 2017.

Ends on January 15, 2018

Attack of the Federation

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short science-fiction stories. These tales must pick a side! Your character is either for the Federation, or they are against it.  Stories should include:

  1. Who are involved (planets, races, companies?)
  2. What are the Federation attacking (a competitor, an alien race, an environment?)
  3. Why the Federation is attacking (To protect its interests, peace-keeping mission, obtaining resources?)
  4. Where does the fight take place (Earth, Space, another planet?)
  5. How does the Federation resolve the issue (sanctions, annihilation, colonization?)

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,500 and the maximum word count is 12,500.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of late March 2018.

Submit your best work.  We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Any work under 3,500 words will be automatically disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works—please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Part-Time Opportunity


Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection of what the part-time opportunity can mean.  Is your character a college student looking for an internship? Or a bored housewife looking for some excitement? Is she hoping to fill her time or her bank account? Will she find love, a torrid romance with the boss, or friendships with benefits? What does this mean for her home-life? Does your character miss out on the opportunity or grab it with both hands? Does it cause conflict in her life? What does she have to give up to take the opportunity? It the opportunity legal?

All gender combinations are welcome in this anthology. We are looking for well-crafted, tasteful plots with believable characters.

Please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,000 and the maximum word count is 15,000.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2017 with a targeted release date of early December 2017.

Send your best work.  We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • No work may be more than 15,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions over this word count will be disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have previously appeared in print or online anywhere.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each contributor may submit up to three (3) unique works. Please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font, with one-inch margins.

All contributors will receive a free print copy of the book approximately three weeks after release.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission.  Again there is no charge for the submission, this is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2017


Ends on November 15, 2017

The Professor

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection involving a professor. These stories can be from the students POV or the Professor's. Is it a tale of seduction, submission, or surrender? By whom? We are looking for lessons learned more than happily-ever-afters, however, we certainly don't mind a HEA.

All gender combinations are welcome in this anthology. We are looking for well-crafted, tasteful plots with believable characters.

Please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,000 and the maximum word count is 15,000.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017 with a targeted release date of early January 2018.

Send your best work.  We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • No work may be more than 15,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions over this word count will be disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have previously appeared in print or online anywhere.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each contributor may submit up to three (3) unique works. Please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font, with one-inch margins.

All contributors will receive a free print copy of the book approximately three weeks after release.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission.  Again there is no charge for the submission, this is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017


Private Lessons

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection involving a private lessons. Tell us why the lessons are taking place and what are they for? To become a seductress? To learn the art of domination/submission? For becoming an escort/madam? Or just for personal enjoyment of a deeper exploration?

These stories can be from the students POV or the Mentor's. Is it a tale of seduction, submission, or surrender? By whom? We are looking for lessons learned more than happily-ever-afters, however, we certainly don't mind a HEA.

All gender combinations are welcome in this anthology. We are looking for well-crafted, tasteful plots with believable characters.

Please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,000 and the maximum word count is 15,000.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017 with a targeted release date of early February 2018.

 

Send your best work.  We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • No work may be more than 15,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions over this word count will be disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have previously appeared in print or online anywhere.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each contributor may submit up to three (3) unique works. Please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font, with one-inch margins.

All contributors will receive a free print copy of the book approximately three weeks after release.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017

Ends on January 15, 2018

Choices

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection involving questionable romantic/erotic choices. Regardless of whether your story is sweet or steamy, it needs to show a few things:

  1. Who is making the choice.
  2. What are the questionable choices/options to consider.
  3. Why did the character choose the option.
  4. Where/when does the story take place.
  5. How does the questionable choice change the character.

 

Temptation Press is looking for tales that push the character out of their comfort zone. Did your character have one too many bad dates and is now considering batting for the other team? A drunken night of indiscretion? Is your story one of revenge? Redemption? Regret? Or does the questionable decision give your character unexpected happiness?

All gender combinations are welcome in this anthology. We are looking for well-crafted, tasteful plots with believable characters.

Please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,000 and the maximum word count is 15,000.

This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of early March 2018.

Send your best work.  We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

Submission Guidelines:

  • No work may be more than 15,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions over this word count will be disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have previously appeared in print or online anywhere.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each contributor may submit up to three (3) unique works. Please submit them separately.
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double spaced, 12 point font, with one-inch margins.

All contributors will receive a free print copy of the book approximately three weeks after release.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018

At this time, Zimbell House Publishing is not accepting academic works or graphic novels.

Please Note:
  1. If you are submitting a Children's chapbook, please use the Children's Manuscript submission category.
  2. If you are submitting an illustration/photographic intensive manuscript, such as a coffee table book or cookbook, please use the category for Specialty Manuscript .
  • Only completed manuscripts will be evaluated.  Our editorial team feels it is the only way to give an accurate evaluation of the work to writers seeking consideration for publication. 
  • Once a manuscript has been evaluated (approximately four to six weeks), an offer may be presented to the writer to enter into a partnership with Zimbell House Publishing to finalize the manuscript and bring it to publication. 






Please Note: Zimbell House is not accepting Children's picture books at this time. The only children's books we are accepting are Chap Books.
  • Only completed manuscripts will be evaluated. Our editorial team feels it is the only way to give an accurate evaluation of the work to writers seeking consideration for publication. 
  • Once a manuscript has been evaluated (approximately four to six weeks), an offer may be presented to the writer to enter into a partnership with Zimbell House Publishing to finalize the manuscript and bring it to publication. 



  • Only completed manuscripts will be evaluated. Our editorial team feels it is the only way to give an accurate evaluation of the work to writers seeking consideration for publication.
  • Please upload images as separate files.
  • Once a manuscript has been evaluated (approximately four to six weeks), an offer may be presented to the writer to enter into a partnership with Zimbell House Publishing to finalize the manuscript and bring it to publication.