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.

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