Chicken Soup for the Soul is the best-selling trade paperback series of all time, with more than 250 books published and over 500 million copies sold. It even made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1999 for having the most books on the New York Times Best-Sellers List at one time.
Yet even more important than the series' sales figures and accolades is the impact these books have had on the people who've read them.
A Chicken Soup for the Soul story can touch your heart or make you laugh. It can help you feel that you're not alone in whatever difficulty you may be facing or inspire you to reach for your dreams. These true stories of perseverance and triumph, delightful surprises and lessons learned, magical moments and awe-inspiring experiences have the power to change people's lives.
Since Chicken Soup for the Soul receives thousands of story submissions for every volume of 101 stories that they publish, I asked Amy Newmark, Chicken Soup for the Soul's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, to share her best story writing tips with us.
Here they are:
These are the current story topics Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for.
My Conversation with Amy Newmark
I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Amy Newmark on her Chicken Soup for the Soul daily podcast, which was a lot of fun. Inspired by a suggestion that Amy made in an interview she gave, I read several Chicken Soup for the Soul stories every day for 101 days, calling it my 101 Days of Positivity Project.
Amy and I talked about the power these stories have to change people's lives, about the courage and generosity of the authors who've shared the intimate details of their lives in Chicken Soup for the Soul stories, and about some specific stories that had a huge impact on our own lives. It was an AMAZING conversation!