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We are temporarily closed for submissions. Ordinarily, we do accept un-agented manuscripts.

We are working on getting caught up on reviewing manuscripts that we have already received. We are currently reading for:

  • Children’s books
  • YA Fiction
  • Middle Grade fiction
  • Nonfiction (or Creative Nonfiction) geared toward elementary school students

We look for engaging, whimsical stories with memorable characters that seamlessly integrate learning and leisure. We prioritize books that reach across the bounds of discipline and feature a diverse array of characters that approach problems with a sense of curiosity and adventure.

How to Submit

Please send a query letter or book pitch to . In the body of your email, include a sample of your work, whether that is the first few chapters or some example spreads (this may be an attachment). We would also love for you to tell us a bit about yourself.

A note on our selection process: Because EPH is such a collaborative environment, when we consider a book for publication, we place special emphasis on getting to know authors. We like to have a teleconference (or call) with authors to get a sense of their vision for the story, past experience, and personality. Hearing authors talk about their ideas and their resonances to various fields of expertise and lived experiences is exciting for us, and an important part of bringing books to life. We are a very small team, so willingness to discuss feedback, employing transparent communication, and a sharing our passion for books are musts for the authors we work with. We also want to hear your expectations for and questions regarding the publication process as well as about EPH!

Thank you for considering Ember Publishing House for the future of your book, and we look forward to your submission.

[This project is paused due to complications of the COVID19 pandemic.]

Call for Submissions: STEM Fusion Anthology

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”

 –Maria Montessori

Concept: Imagine if Jurassic Park integrated Mendelian genetics and PCR DNA sequencing into the story that inspired 6 blockbuster films. What would happen if theories of mutation and epigenetics were woven into the stories of the X-Men or The Avengers? What if Harry Potter contained real chemistry in its potions?

Many of us fell in love with fictional worlds as children, and in some ways, we connected with those worlds more deeply than our own. Sadly, there is often a disconnect between engaging material and academic material, which can create a negative association with learning for children. When complex topics in STEM and the humanities are introduced academically, it is often through dense textbooks readings that build to daunting exams. Even worse, Humanities and STEM are often framed as opposing disciplines that both exist in their own academic vacuums.

With our upcoming anthology, EPH aims to create a resource for middle schoolers that showcases the power of interdisciplinary collaboration, allowing STEM, art, and storytelling to collide to create engaging stories.

Many young students lack opportunities to connect with academic concepts in a setting that cultivates a spirit of adventure. EPH books hope to change this. The heart of this anthology is to show the many ways in which STEM and the humanities can—and do—interact. Collaboration is a valuable learning tool, and we hope to harness this idea to create a collection that showcases the beauty of hybridity and interdisciplinary exploration. This is an opportunity to build a new genre that is committed to harnessing the educational potential of fiction.

The Anthology’s Gold Standard:

  • Theme: fiction that features interdisciplinary collaboration between the humanities and STEM
  • Preferred Genres: fantasy, science fiction, realistic fiction, and speculative fiction that provide accurate information. Examples may include (but are not limited to) realistic treatments of the following subjects:
    • Forensics techniques in a detective story
    • Physics in a combat scene
    • Chemical reactions to explain a magical potion
    • Biology to explain a mutation leading to a rise in a new species of humans
    • Biochemical explanations for the atmospheric conditions of an alternate universe
    • Logic/math to solve a puzzle in an underground maze
  • An innovative, compelling plot with high stakes and well-crafted characters
  • The setting is completely open: future, past, alternate universe—wherever your story takes us. It should be accessible (and appropriate) for a young adult/adolescent audience. We will also consider middle grade fiction.

Ready to submit?

Send us your flash fiction, short story, or novella.

Flash fiction is under 1,000 words. Short stories should be between 1,000 and 7,500 words. Novellas may be up to 20,000 words.

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