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 May 15, 2018

I’m Dead?


A Collection of Tales about what’s next.

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum.
  • Keep the POV with the main character, it’s their story after all. This does not mean you have to use first person.
  • 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-no headers/footers.

Imagine, if you will, that your character woke up dead. They’re in an empty valley. Shortly, someone appears and tells them the valley is called the ‘In Between’ place. What do they do?

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories that must begin as the main character wakes up in the ‘In Between’ place. It’s not about how they died, it’s how they come to grips with what’s next. Where do they go? Is there a Heaven or Hell? Purgatory? Another plane of existence? Re-incarnation? Do they become a ghost? Does your character have any options? Do they get to choose where they go next? How does time work in this next place? Are they still the same person? What’s the new environment like?

 

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: May 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of late July 2018.

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

Submission Guidelines:

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: May 15, 2018.

Ends on May 31, 2018

The Way of Artemis

Tales of the Hunt.

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short mythic stories pertaining to the hunt. Explore the attributes of Artemis, and meld them with a contemporary viewpoint. Just what is your main character hunting? Does your character apply the ways of Artemis in other aspects of modern life? Or is your character actually Artemis, how does she come to be in the modern era? How does she adapt? Is she still a goddess? Why is she here?

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum.
  • Keep the POV with the main character, it’s their story after all. This does not mean you have to use first person.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, 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: May 31, 2018 with a targeted release date of late July 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 3,000 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-no headers/footers.

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: May 31, 2018.

Ends on June 15, 2018

Midnight Rising

A Collection of Paranormal Tales

Imagine, if you will, that the year is 2025. News just broke on Global TV announcing to the world that Vampires are real.

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories that must begin as the news is breaking. Show our readers your characters reaction, how their life as they know it will change. What part of the globe are they from? Is your character a vampire or a human? How long have vampires been on Earth? Are they aliens or the original race? If Vampires are real—what other myths are true?

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum.
  • Please show more of the action, than just telling the reader what happens.

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 maximumword count is 20,000.

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

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of late August 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-no headers/footers.

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: June 15, 2018.

Ends on July 15, 2018

Not Anyone’s Wife

Tales of desire, pleasure, and ambition.

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories set in the highest of society during the 1930’s and 40’s. In an age of glamour and propriety, an unattached, beautiful woman of a certain age was a problem. When the rules for desire were clouded with repression, the enjoyment of pleasure wrapped in unforgiving societal rules, and when ambition was only for men, what was an independent woman to do?

Show our readers what the time period had to offer globally. In the USA a financial depression had a strangle hold, prohibition had just ended, and Hollywood made glamour a goal. Manners were paramount. Society had rules. In Europe, Fascism was rising and another world war was underway.  Great strides in intercontinental aviation were made.  Swing bands ruled. The time of country manor homes for the wealthy was coming to an end. Woman had the right to vote for over a decade, and this new independence was was shaking up the world as men knew it.

We’re looking for stories with the nuance of A Letter to Three Wives (movie, 1949) and the societal upheavals of a of Downtown Abbey. Show our readers what a modern (for the era), intelligent woman could do, and what the repercussions are when the rules are broken. Does she flaunt her single status? Why is she refusing to marry? Is she wealthy? Does she create her own wealth or is it inherited? How does she move through the upper echelons? What are her desires and how does she obtain them? What gives her pleasure-travel, art, music, or is she evil and enjoys destroying others? Where is her ambition aimed? Does she succeed or is she ultimately thwarted? What is her education and background? Is she an orphaned child of wealthy parents and forgoes the societal pressure of marriage and children for a career in archaeology? Or is something broken inside her and she bucks the system for the pleasure of mayhem?

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum.
  • Please show more of the action, than just telling the reader what happens.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,200 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: July 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of mid September 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 3,200 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-no headers/footers.

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: July 15, 2018.

Ends on August 15, 2018

 

Shifting

A Collection of Tales that Bite

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories of a shape-shifting paranormal nature. Shifting isn’t just for werewolves any more, there’s skin-walkers, and a plethora of animals to choose from.

We’re looking for stories that delve into the how and why of shifting, create plausible lore for the reader. We want to see fully developed characters that shows our reader what life is like in their community/clan/pack. How long do they live? Are they immortal? When do they turn? Can they stop themselves from shifting? Do the neighbors know? What do they do for a living? Do they date other species?

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum.
  • Please show more of the action, than just telling the reader what happens.

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 maximumword count is 25,000.

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

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of mid October 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 4,000 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-no headers/footers.

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: August 15, 2018.

Ends on June 30, 2018

Aphrodite’s Curse

A Collection of Mythic Tales

Tales of Desire, Beauty, and Pleasure

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories centered around Aphrodite.  Dig deep into your writing toolbox and stretch the boundaries of the typical lore. Yes she was reported to be the most beautiful woman/goddess that ever lived, but what does actually mean? How did that impact her day to day life? Was she ever taken seriously or was she simply an ornament? What did her non-romantic relationships look like?

Desire takes many forms. Show our readers what desire looks like from Aphrodite’s POV. Is it a curse? What does it do to a person to be lusted after? How does it affect her psyche?

Pleasure also takes many forms. Enjoying a fine meal can be considered a form of pleasure, the laughter of a close friend can cause pleasure. Is Aphrodite responsible for all forms? Or just the sexual? How does she interact with her divine siblings?

Give our readers a fully developed Aphrodite, one that resonates with the ages.

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum.
  • Please show more of the action, than just telling the reader what happens.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,200 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: June 30, 2018 with a targeted release date of early September 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 3,200 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-no headers/footers.

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: June 30, 2018.

Ends on July 31, 2018

In the Name of Ares

Tales of War

A Collection of Mythic Tales

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories centered around Ares, the God of War.  Dig deep into your writing toolbox and stretch the boundaries of the typical war story. Our readers want to the know ‘why’ of the conflict and how Ares influences humans to do his bidding. The consequence of the outcome needs to be present and well developed.

The actual acts of violence need not be the focus in these short stories, but rather the psychological, behind the scenes arena is what our readers want.  A good space war, with the one side being followers of Ares, as long it developed well, would be refreshing from gladiator tales. Although those are certainly welcome.

Give our readers a fully developed Ares, one that resonates with the ages. Remember, your tale needs to give us the Why, What, Where, When, and How it started along with the same for the outcome.

  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it loses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum.
  • Please show more of the action, than just telling the reader what happens.

Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 3,200 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: July 31, 2018 with a targeted release date of late September 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 3,200 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-no headers/footers.

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: July 31, 2018.


Confessions of a Dominatrix

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection of steamy confessions, from a Dominatrix. Regardless of whether your story is sweet or steamy, it needs to be fully developed with characters that are believable and dialog that won’t make our readers cringe.

Temptation Press is looking for tales that show what the selection process is for your main character, the Dominatrix. What is her day job? How did she get started? What drives her to be in control? How does she feel about all this? How does she develop her training process? Our readers want to know everything  that is going on with  your main character, so please, don’t disappoint them with shallow, one-dimensional ones.  Remember that these tales are the confessions of the Dominatrix, not her submissive.

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: May 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of mid July 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 less than 3,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions under 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: May 15, 2018

Ends on June 15, 2018

Boy Toys

An Erotic Collection of Short Stories

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection of steamy adventures with your characters favorite boy toy. Regardless of whether your story is sweet or steamy, it needs to be fully developed with characters that are believable and dialog that won’t make our readers cringe.

Our readers want to know everything  that is going on with  your main character, so please, don’t disappoint them with shallow, one-dimensional plots and characters.  

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: June 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of mid August 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 less than 3,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions under 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: June 15, 2018

A Sexual Revolution

An Erotic Collection of Short Stories

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection of steamy adventures showing a woman’s power over her own sexual destiny.

Regardless of whether your story is sweet or steamy, it needs to be fully developed with characters that are believable and dialog that won’t make our readers cringe.

Our readers want to know everything  that is going on with  your main character, so please, don’t disappoint them with shallow, one-dimensional plots and characters.

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: July 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of mid September 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 less than 3,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions under 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: July 15, 2018

 

This sub’s for You

An Erotic Collection of Short Stories

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for erotic short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection of steamy erotic adventures showing what drives someone to become a submissive. We want to be shown what their lives are like outside the bedroom, as well as their desire to serve. The sub can be either male or female. There can only be one POV in the short story, no head hopping.

Is your story about training a new sub? A sub’s search for a new Master/Mistress? A sub that is being gifted to another? An uncollared sub?

Regardless of whether your story is sweet or steamy, it needs to be fully developed with characters that are believable and dialog that won’t make our readers cringe.

Our readers want to know everything  that is going on with  your main character, so please, don’t disappoint them with shallow, one-dimensional plots and characters.

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: August 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of mid October 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 less than 3,000 words.  Please watch your word count.  Submissions under 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: August 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 six to eight 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. 



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.