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!




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.

Ends on April 15, 2018

Trail's End

A Collection of Western Short Stories

Zimbell House Publishing is holding open submissions for short stories about the of the line. The setting for these tales need to begin at the end of the trail in the old west. Our readers want to know:

  • The purpose of the journey - is it to begin a new life, gold rush fever, to escape something in the East, or is your main character a desperado?
  • We want the tale to begin at the end, then flash back to how they got there. Do not flip back and forth. For example, if your character set out to rob every stage coach from the Mississippi to the Pacific, the beginning of the tale could show his last thoughts before he hangs, which is the flash back of how he got there. Or perhaps the journey was to strike it rich, and the tale could start from an old man/woman sitting in a rocking chair, near the end of their life and telling the tale to their grandchild/ren about how it all happened.
  • Characters must have depth and dialog appropriate for the era, while keeping accents sparse.
  • Keep the POV from the main character, it's their story after all. This does not mean you have to use first person.
  • Remember, these tales are about the end of the trail, the main character has either accomplished their goal, or met their demise.

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

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 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.

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

Fun and Games

Temptation Press is holding open submissions for short stories to be featured in this upcoming collection involving how we indulge our fantasies. 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 how your character indulges in fantasy. Do they belong to a secret club (think Eyes Wide Shut), or are they experimenting with swinging? Perhaps they are trying to spice up a dull love life?

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

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.