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 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.


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.

Ends on January 31, 2018

Hades Had a Son

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories about the son of Hades. These mythic tales can be from either the POV from the son or Hades himself. 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 live? What about his mother's family? Any human siblings? 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? Does the son perpetually strive to please or gain favor with Hades? 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: January 31, 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 31, 2018.


Ends on February 15, 2018

If I Say No

A Collection of What If's

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories set in the 16th, 17th, or 18th century that beg the question, "What if I say no?" We need to know which party is asking the question. and make your short tale from the POV of the person asking. The tale needs to be a fully developed concept. What is the question, and what are the ramifications either way.

Is it a marriage proposal? A request for revenge? Help in a plot to finance pirates? A kidnapping? A theft plot? Let your historical muse shine and which ever of the three centuries you choose, try to be as authentic as possible in both setting and dialog. Cautionary note: when we say authentic dialog, we are speaking of slang usage, not formal language. Our reader's are not interested in wading through formal historical language.

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: February 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of late April 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: February 15, 2018.

Poseidon's Daughter

A Siren's Dream

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories set in the depths of the deep blue sea. Each tale must be from the POV of the Siren (aka: Poseidon's daughter). Is the tale a wish to be mortal? To escape the depths and walk on land? Does she live in Atlantis?  What does it mean to be a daughter of the sea god? Is she good or evil? Does she lure people to their death or prevent them from drowning? Does she have a job? Is she allergic to fish? What's it like dating under the sea? What are her goals?

What we want to see are character studies-fully developed and believable.

 

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: February 28, 2018 with a targeted release date of late April 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: February 28, 2018.


Ends on March 15, 2018

No Trace

A Collection of Disappearances

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories about someone disappearing without a trace. We want well-crafted tales on par with Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. Keep our readers guessing, lead them on a merry chase, and in the end, give them a believable conclusion.

  • These tales need to be from one POV only-no head-hopping please. Will your tale be told by the victim, or the investigator? A Witness? The perpetrator?
  • The setting needs to be contemporary-no historical or sci-fi settings please.
  • Please keep foul language to a minimum-it looses its punch if over-used.
  • Dialogue needs to be believable, and please keep dialects/slang to a bare minimum.
  • Gratuitous violence is frowned upon, this isn't a horror anthology-keep the graphic descriptions to correct genres.

 

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

Ends on March 31, 2018

The Dionysus Society

A Collection of Mythic Tales

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories about the influence of Dionysus.  The settings for these tales need to include either a winery or a vineyard. These tales should include what happens during the meetings of these 'societies'.  Are there rituals? How does Dionysus interact with the participants? How does one get initiated? Or is it just a fancy name for a wine lovers club? 

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: March 31, 2018 with a targeted release date of late May 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: March 31, 2018.

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

Ends on February 15, 2018

Her Afternoon

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection involving afternoon delights. 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 take place in one afternoon.  It should be from her POV. Is your story one of revenge? Redemption? Regret? A career change? A happily ever after?

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: February 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of early April 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: February 15, 2018

Dreams Can Come True

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection involving our dream person. 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 our dreams look like when they walk the earth.  It should be from the dreamers POV. How do they meet? Is this person everything they that seem to be? Which is better-the dream or the reality?

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: March 15, 2018 with a targeted release date of early May 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: March 15, 2018

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. 



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. 






  • 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.