Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 16, 2019

Opportunity: Chicken Soup for the Soul – Looking for Articles – Get Published – Make Money

DO YOU HAVE A STORY OR A POEM THAT FITS ANY OF THE TOPICS BELOW? Chicken Soup for the Soul is always looking for new talent. Take a look!

***SELECT YOUR TOPIC***

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LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE:

**Please note: this title was changed from I Can’t Stop Laughing!**

We are looking for stories about something that happened to you in your life – in your relationship with a partner or spouse, a parent or child, a family member or friend, at work or at home – that made you and the people around you laugh out loud. Did you mean for it to be funny? Did the other person mean to make you laugh? Did a situation just get out of control? Did a misunderstanding turn into a comedy of errors? We can’t wait to hear your true stories. We want them to be silly, outrageous and hilarious, and they absolutely must make us laugh!

Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:

• Laughing at “inappropriate” times
• Slip of the tongue – words that came out wrong
• Misunderstandings – I thought you said…
• Obsessions and Compulsions
• Pranks that worked – Gotcha!!
• Pranks that backfired – Oh no!
• Annoying habits – if you don’t stop doing that I’m going to scream!
• Aggravating pet behavior
• Embarrassing moments
• Wedding mishaps
• Funeral foul-ups
• Holiday meltdowns
• Kitchen/dinner party disasters
• Sports catastrophes
• Family foibles
• Zany vacations
• Moving-day mayhem
• Travel turmoil

**Please submit your story or poem using your real name but if your work is selected to be published in the book, we expect many of you to use a pen name and/or change the names of the people in your story to protect the innocent (or guilty!).

The deadline date for story and poem submissions has been extended to OCTOBER 31, 2019

LISTEN TO YOUR DREAMS:

When we are asleep, we dream. Are dreams a connection to the unconscious mind? Are they omens of things to come—both good and bad? Dreams are often the way we tap into our own inner wisdom. Sixth sense, gut feeling, premonitions, instinct. Whatever you call it, sometimes we have no logical reason for knowing something—but still we know it.

We want to know about your dreams. What have you learned from your dreams? Did you listen? Did any of your dreams come true? Did a dream strengthen your faith or help you change the direction your life was headed in? Did some miraculous insight serve as a warning about something that was going to happen?

Please do not submit stories about realizing your dreams, as in aspirations or hopes. We are talking about dreams while you are asleep! Here are some suggested topics but we know you will be able to think and write about many more:

• Dreams about finding love
• Dreams that saved you or a loved one from danger/death
• Dreams that helped you face your fears
• Dreams that changed the direction of your life
• Dreams in which you communicated with a loved one, either dead or alive
• Dreams that caused epiphanies
• Dreams that changed your behavior
• Dreams that made you more adventurous
• Dreams that contained important warnings or medical information
• Dreams that gave you comfort or helped your forgive someone
• Dreams that made you more optimistic/happier
• Dream journaling and how-to use your dreams more effectively
• Premonitions that came true or saved you from something bad
• Learning to trust your inner guidance [we may do a chapter about inner guidance even if it occurs during your waking hours]
• Amazing coincidences and synchronicity [again, we may do a chapter about this even if these things occurred during your waking hours]

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is February 28, 2020.

STORIES ABOUT CHRISTMAS:

Everyone loves holiday stories and our contributors write great ones. They are so good that we create a new edition for the holiday season every year. We are now collecting stories for our HOLIDAY 2020 book and we are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities too.

We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives, as we gather with family, with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days. Please share your special stories about the holiday season with us. Be sure that they are “Santa safe” so that we don’t spoil the magic for precocious readers!

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

• The True Meaning of the Holidays
• Holiday Traditions
• Memories of the Holiday Season
• The Love of Family
• Family Reunions
• Holiday Humor
• Gift Giving
• Gift Receiving
• Regifting
• Decorating
• Eat, Eat, Eat… and Be Merry
• Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child
• Christmas Through the Eyes of Your Pets!
• Here Comes Santa Claus
• Things that went wrong!
• Holiday food and traditions
• The weird things your family does
• Funny anecdotes
• … and any other stories you would like to share

If we published your story in a previous Christmas book please do not submit it again. We will not publish it. If you submitted a story and we did not publish it and it will fit in this book, please do submit it again.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is JANUARY 30, 2020.

STORIES ABOUT SELF CARE AND ME TIME:

Do you ever say that you’ll take care of yourself AFTER you finish your to-do list? That’s what we did until we started putting ourselves ON our to-do list, right there with the other people we care for.

Self-care is what we all neglect most. And we’re waking up to its importance. We care for children and partners and parents and friends. We care for pets and homes and volunteer organizations. But, in order to take care of others you must first take care of yourself. And that is not being selfish.

Taking care of yourself is not just about your physical health but includes your emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing too. Self-care includes that all-important “me time” whether that means exercising or reading or meditating or having lunch with friends. Whatever your psyche needs is your “me time.”

We are looking for your stories about how you neglected your self-care and then how you realized its importance and so you now engage in it.

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices going:

• When you realized you were NOT engaging in self-care, realized how important that is and what that realization was like
• How you turned the situation around and found your self-care and your me time
• The consequences of NOT taking care of yourself
• The benefits of proper self-care and me time
• The benefits of getting enough sleep
• The consequences of being sleep-deprived
• How do you handle your self-care and me time? Share your tips and examples.
• Have you made a difference to friends and family members too by encouraging them to take care of themselves?
• Your favorite ways to spend “me time”
• How do you relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul?
• Self-care for physical wellbeing, whether it’s proper nutrition, exercise, environment, making those doctor appointments, addressing addictions (including the legal ones)
• Self-care for emotional and mental wellbeing, whether it’s stress reduction, editing your calendar, changing who you spend time with, cutting back on obligations, seeing a therapist
• What’s your strategy for including self-care in your daily life?
• What have you added to your life?
• What have you eliminated from your life?
• WHO have you eliminated from your life? Self-care includes removing negativity and toxic people from your life, too!

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2019.

THE GOLDEN YEARS OR SECOND WIND:

So, you’re a certain age now, and you’re ready for what’s next. You might be enjoying an empty nest, or starting a second career, or winding down a first one. You might be downsizing, or traveling, or caring for elderly parents.

You might be going on the adventure of a lifetime or taking long walks in the woods. The one thing you know for sure is that you’re not ready to stop living! You feel energetic and young and there is still so much more to see and do and give and enjoy.

We are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60. Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:

• Time for a new career
• Trying new things
• Bucket lists and adventure
• Volunteering and mentoring
• Exercising and sports
• Sports cars!
• New love interests
• Internet dating
• The wisdom of age
• New passions
• Raising grandchildren… or still raising grown children!
• Moving to a new place
• Moving to an active retirement community
• Taking the time to do what you’ve always wanted to do
• Handling loss and illness
• Caring for elderly parents
• Using new technology
• Reinventing yourself, in big ways and small
• Handling a spouse’s retirement or new career
• Travel
• Downsizing and moving
• Divorce and recovery

The DEADLINE DATE for story and poem submissions has been extended to September 30, 2019.

THE MAGIC OF CATS:

Our cat titles are so very popular, and you have so many great stories to share with us, that we do a new cat title every eighteen months or so. Here is another chance for you to share a story or two about the member of your family who just happens to walk on four feet!

We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1200 words. Tell us about the magic of your cat or the magic of a cat you know. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. We can’t wait to read all the heartwarming, inspirational, and magical stories you have about a cat and the magic that cat brings to your life or the life of your family!

Here are some ideas to start you out:

• My cat warms my heart and makes me smile
• My cat seems to be able to read my mind at times
• My cat improves my life
• My cat can almost talk – and I understand
• My cat makes me laugh
• My cat shows me unconditional love
• My cat can forgive and forget
• My cat shows empathy and an understanding of many situations
• My cat thinks he is human
• My cat has expectations that she assumes, as her human, I will follow up on
• My cat has some peculiar habits
• My cat loves the holidays… sleeping in the sun… riding in the car… having a bath… loud noises… my significant other… etc.
• My cat hates the holidays… sleeping in the sun… riding in the car… having a bath… loud noises… my significant other… etc.
• And any other things you can think of…

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is January 15, 2020.

THE MAGIC OF DOGS:

Our dog titles are so very popular, and you have so many great stories to share with us, that we do a new dog title every eighteen months or so. Here is another chance for you to share a story or two about the member of your family who just happens to walk on four feet!

We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1200 words. Tell us about the magic of your dog or the magic of a dog you know. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. We can’t wait to read all the heartwarming, inspirational, and magical stories you have about a dog and the magic that dog brings to your life or the life of your family!

Here are some ideas to start you out:

• My dog warms my heart and makes me smile
• My dog seems to be able to read my mind at times
• My dog improves my life
• My dog can almost talk – and I understand
• My dog makes me laugh
• My dog shows me unconditional love
• My dog can forgive and forget
• My dog shows empathy and an understanding of many situations
• My dog thinks he is human
• My dog has expectations that she assumes, as her human, I will follow up on
• My dog has some peculiar habits
• My dog loves the holidays… taking a walk… riding in the car… having a bath… loud noises… my significant other… etc.
• My dog hates the holidays… talking a walk… riding in the car… having a bath… loud noises… my significant other… etc.
• And any other things you can think of…

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is January 15, 2020.

YOU GO, GIRL:

Today’s woman is independent, self-confident and feisty but at the same time, nurturing, loving and caring. Today’s woman can be everything she wants to be.

Being a confident and strong woman does not mean being bossy or not needing others. It means being able to take care of yourself without having to look to others. It means having the confidence to make decisions without having to check with someone else for approval. You believe in yourself and are confident in your own skin.

You are in charge of your life and the decisions you make. A woman doesn’t have to lose her femininity or become a bully. A woman doesn’t have to be single or divorced to be looked upon as independent. Married women and women in relationships are independent, too. We are looking for your true stories on how you are running your life, how you became empowered and achieved independence. Your story will help young women feel stronger, more capable, and more confident… more empowered.

Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:

• Becoming your true self – not doing something because someone else thinks you should or because it is expected of you
• Balancing a relationship and independence
• Confidence – coming forward and telling the truth, like it is, regardless of the consequences
• Sexual harassment and how you fought back
• Self-esteem ¬– understanding that you are terrific and can do anything
• Epiphanies – what motivates you?
• Being brave enough to take educated risks
• Equality in the workplace, in promotions, job responsibilities and pay
• Starting, owning, selling your own business
• Girls and women in sports – at school, college, professionally, Olympics
• Women in what used to be considered men’s roles/jobs/occupations
• Thinking outside the box
• Becoming a role model or mentor for other young women
• What role models helped you?
• Speaking up for your rights or the rights of other women
• Balancing marriage, kids and your own independence
• Self-motivation – waiting for no one to get it done
• Following your passion
• Accepting help graciously/Asking for help when necessary
• Raising sons and daughters who are feminists
• Educating family workers, colleagues, friends as to women’s rights and abilities

The deadline date for story and poems submissions is December 15, 2019.

Guidelines for Submissions

Recipe for A Winning Chicken Soup for the Soul submission

A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple piece that touches our readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. These stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people.

Chicken Soup for the Soul stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories have heart, but also something extra—an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps or any combination of these.

The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.

Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul story

1. Tell an exciting, heartwarming or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Your story should be written in the first person and should be about yourself or someone close to you.
2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”
3. The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said.
4. Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart. Many people tell personal stories for the first time in our books, and they find it to be a cathartic and productive experience. We do let you use a pen name for your story if you do not want to use your real name.
5. Don’t try fancy moves with tenses. Writing in the present tense about something that happened in the past rarely works.
6. Keep your story to 1200 words or less. Tighten, tighten, tighten!
7. Your story must be true. No fiction, no creative writing.

What a Chicken Soup for the Soul story IS NOT:

1. A sermon, an essay or eulogy.
2. An “as told to” story written by you for someone else. If you ghost-write a story for someone, we thank you for helping that person share his or her story. That person’s name will be listed as the author and he or she can acknowledge your help in the bio section.
3. A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.
4. About politics or controversial issues.
5. A biography or testimonial.
6. A journalistic article about a third party that reads like a newspaper article.

Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul poem

1. We love poems that tell a story. A Chicken Soup for the Soul poem does the same job as a story. The reader goes away having learned your story, just through poetry instead of prose.
2. We do not publish poems that do not tell a story.
3. We also do not publish poems that seem overly focused on rhyming and read more like greeting cards.

A few more tips about submitting

1. The only way to submit your stories or poems to us is via our website. If you have any problems when trying to fill out the form and submit your work, please contact our webmaster at: webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com. Responses from the webmaster usually take several days, so be patient.
2. Our webmaster cannot help you with your personal computer problems. If you have questions, such as, “How do I paste my story into the submission form?” please ask a friend or relative, not our webmaster.
3. Please submit only stories or poems that have not been previously published. The only exception to this is if your work has only been published in a small local publication with limited circulation or on your own blog.
4. Please do not send us any book manuscripts, unless through a literary agent, as these will be automatically discarded. Also, we do not accept title ideas from the public. If we receive any, they will be discarded and will not be shown to an editor.

What happens after I submit my story or poem?

Please be patient after you press the SUBMIT button. Wait for the next screen to come up with a message that says:
 Thank you! Your information has been received. This is your confirmation that we have received your story or poem and that it has been entered into our database. This is the only confirmation you will receive. There is no separate e-mail message from us. A very obvious “Error” message comes up if your submission does not go through.

How will you know if your story is selected? We do not send rejection letters, and we occasionally will save a submission for consideration for a future book. But in general, if you have not heard from us 60 days before the book’s on-sale date, that probably means we have decided not to use your story or poem. You can check the on-sale dates for our future books by checking the Coming Soon page on our website. We get thousands of submissions for each book and we only have room for 101 pieces, so please don’t take our silence personally!

It can take many months or even a few years for a Chicken Soup for the Soul book to be completed. Please be patient, as the selection of stories and poems is a time-consuming process. Please do not contact us to ask for an update about your story unless you need to know whether we are considering it because another publisher is interested in it too.

If we choose your story or poem for a future edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul or any of our other projects, we will notify you by e-mail and request your permission to print it. We never publish anything without written permission from the author, and we get your approval for the inspirational quote that we put at the top of each story and also for any edits we make.

If your e-mail address changes after you submit your story, be sure to let our webmaster know by emailing webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com. You need to let her know which book you submitted to so that she can update your information.

If we publish your story, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in. You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family and will be entitled to buy cases of your books from us at half price. You will also receive our monthly newsletter that is sent exclusively to our published writers, with advance notice of new books, contests to win Chicken Soup for the Soul merchandise, and writing tips.

If your story is selected to be published in one of our Chicken Soup for the Soul books, you will be asked to sign our standard permission release agreement. That agreement asks for non-exclusive rights to publish your story. This means that you retain ownership of your story or poem but you grant us the rights to publish it and use it again in any future Chicken Soup for the Soul book title or any Chicken Soup for the Soul product.

SUBMIT YOUR STORY: https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/submit-your-story

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Wow! One could write just about anything and submit it! Thanks, Kathy.

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