Ends on November 15, 2017

Welcome to the Retreat 

Let the Adventure Begin

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a $3.00 reading fee for this anthology. 

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

Submission Guidelines: 

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

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

Submission Deadline:November 15, 2017.

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