GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM: A Hardboiled Anthology is now open for submissions. We're seeking short stories 1,500 - 7,000 words long. We're after detective stories, classic crime noir, mafia stories and mysteries. Submissions close July 1st 2019. Send your story to today.


Submitting to Zombie Pirate Publishing is easy. Simply send a double spaced word document to with indents in 11 or 12pt in Arial or Times New Roman font. If you are unsure exactly what to do to set up your file correctly, download this document before you start writing. It is set up to be ready to go ASAP. Simply highlight the title, or author name or body of the document to replace with your own text. Google Docs is available here for those without Word. Simply copy the document and change the name, and then send the sharing link in the body of your email instead.

We DO NOT accept reprints or simultaneous submissions.

Zombie Pirate Publishing does not charge authors for submissions, although we do have a very reasonably priced editing service for use before you submit your story. Using this service will not guarantee acceptance into our anthologies. Copy Edits cost $5usd per 1000 words. Line Edits cost $15usd per 1000 words. For more details, please contact us at

We are working towards goals on our Patreon Page that will allow us to pay authors in our anthologies that feature a deadline. To find out more, or to help support us, visit and read about our exciting rewards tiers and the goals we are working towards.

At present we are not offering payment for submissions accepted into our flash fiction or poetry anthologies.

Novella publications will be paid a percentage of royalties on all sales as well as a small advance on royalties.

If we accept your work for entry to an anthology, Zombie Pirate Publishing requires Exclusive First Publishing Rights for three (3) months and then all rights revert to the author. ZPP holds the rights to novellas we publish for one (1) year.

Zombie Pirate Publishing works on accepted stories in Google Docs with all successful authors before final publication.


11 or 12 point Arial or Times New Roman.

Word Doc attached to email or Google Docs link in the body. Do not paste the story into the body of your email.

Indent paragraphs using the ruler at the top, not the tab button or spacebar.

Single spaces after full stops.

Double inverted commas for speech, single inverted commas otherwise (this includes quotations within speech (ie. "Tommy said, 'Go see Tina,' so here I am," said Frank.)

Double line spacing throughout document (use the spacing option in your word processor, not double enter).

Scene breaks should be three paragraph breaks (enter button) with the middle line having three centred stars.

No headers or footers or page numbers.

Title and Authors Name on the document only.  If you are using a pseudonym for your submission, please include your real name in the email and mention that you use a pseudonym. If you want to give us additional information like email and address and phone number please include it in the email, but this is not necessary until after we accept your story.

We use British English Spelling (i.e colour, realise.) If your submission is in American English we won't reject it on that basis, but it will be changed during the editing process if your submission is accepted for publication.

It is a good idea to read your submission out loud (to yourself is fine) before submitting. This will help you find small inconsistencies that reading won't pick up alone.