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!




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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.

Apollo’s Disciples

Tales of Music, Art, and Knowledge

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories that celebrate Apollo and his influence in the arts among his other acheivements. 

Put yourself in Apollo’s sandals.  Show our readers what his immortal life is like. Is he an immortal that mingles with humans to inspire? Or is he wrathful in your story? What do the muses say behind his back? How does he get along with his twin sister Artemis? Does he still speak to his parents, Zeus and Leto? What is the sun god’s life like on Mount Olympus? What’s his relationship status? What about his home life-has he settled for the simple life and simple pleasures, or does he keep to the exulted lifestyle of Mount Olympus? How does he interact with his disciples? What does he think about modern art, music, and the state of education? How much influence does his disciples have in the modern era? 

Your story must be from Apollo’s point of view.  His disciples must be key characters.  Our readers want to see fully developed stories with dialog that won’t make them cringe. 

  • 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 if you must use them.
  • No head-hopping or POV changes.
  • 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 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: August 31, 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 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: August 31, 2018.

 






November Falls

A Collection of Community

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories that demonstrates your ability to create a community. 

We're looking for stories that are set in an idyllic fictional town called November Falls.  We want to see what life is like there. What are the citizens like? Are they Stepford Wives-ish, mind controlled? Or are they sinister, kind, helpful? Is it a college town? The Maple Syrup capital of the East? What makes this town unique? Is it there old-fashioned values with a community-centric populace? Or is this picturesque town a mecca for the up-and-coming that want out of the city, but still have the conveniences of city life? Does November Falls actually have a waterfall? What part does it play in the communities history? Is it a magical place that failed romances can come to be healed? Or do people disappear? Does this community have an age limit? Are there sacrifices that have to be made to live there? Is is vacation resort town?

Show our readers how you can build a community and remember to keep the point of view from one character in that community.

  • 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 if you must use them.
  • No head-hopping or POV changes.
  • 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 maximum word count is 25,000.

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

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of mid November 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: September 15, 2018.

Temple of Athena

Tales of Reason, Skill, and Wisdom

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories that celebrate Athena. 

We all know that she is the goddess of war, but lets put that aside and concentrate on her other attributes. Athena is also cited as being the goddess of wisdom, inspiration, law & justice, courage, mathematics, strength, strategy, and the skilled the arts.

Put yourself in Athena's sandals.  Show our readers what her immortal life is like. Is she an immortal that mingles with humans to inspire? Is she over Ares, tired of war? What's her relationship with her father, Zeus, like? Since Athena had no mother, how does she get along with Hera? What are the burdens of being Zeus' favorite? Which accomplishment is she most proud of, least proud? What's her future plans?

Your story must be from Athena's point of view.  Our readers want to see fully developed stories with dialog that won't make them cringe. 

  • 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 if you must use them.
  • No head-hopping or POV changes.
  • 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 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: September 30, 2018 with a targeted release date of mid November 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: September 30, 2018.

Unleashing the Gods

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for steampunk short stories. 

Your story prompt is:

"Steam engines and mechanical advances abound ushering in the Industrial Revolution while in the deserts of Egypt, archaeologists  are uncovering lost secrets.In 19th century England, an unlikely pair of siblings discover a connection between the advances of Ancient Egypt’s architectural achievements and man’s leap forward in mechanical engineering. It’s a race to discover if this new knowledge is due to evolution or the tinkering of the gods." Your story must feature a pair of siblings, whether they work together or oppose each other is up to you.  The tale must be set in the 19th century, and feature steampunk themes and the releasing of ancient gods.  It's up to you which gods are being unleashed. 

  • 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 if you must use them.
  • No head-hopping or POV changes.
  • 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 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, 2018 with a targeted release date of early January 2019.

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: October 31, 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

Intimate Moments

An Erotic Collection of Tales

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for erotic short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection of steamy erotic adventures showing those intimate moments between lovers. We want to be shown what their lives are like outside the bedroom, as well as their intimate moments. There can only be one POV in the short story, no head hopping.

We ask that sex be vanilla for this anthology. We are not looking to shock our readers with unusual behavior. Please no anal play either.  

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: September 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of mid November 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: September 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. 



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