Your true stories may /be in demand by
Chicken Soul For the Soul.
Even if you've never been published before, submit a story. According to Ken & Dahlynn McKowen, co-authors of four Chicken Soup For the Soul books, including Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul, “approximately 40% of the stories accepted by Chicken Soup are from unpublished writers.”
If your story is accepted you'll be paid $200, plus 10 copies of the book you're in.
So send your stories to "Chicken Soup" on these topics:
(I submitted a story to them in October, how about you?)
* Just Us Girls
The title of this book was New Friends. Because of the nature of the many submissions we received we have changed the focus and the title to Just Us Girls. A woman's friends are the family she picks for herself. Whether it's about something funny or serious, our friends are the first ones we think to call. They are a constant source of support and encouragement. The stories for this book will celebrate all that is special about the bonds that women share with their friends. We are not looking for teen or preteen stories for this book, just stories from people over 18. If you submitted a story for the New Friends title in the past please know that we have your story and it will be considered for this book. Please do not submit it again. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is May 15, 2013.
* O Canada It's Winter!
Canadians love their winters, and cold winters make for great stories, whether they are about playing winter sports, enduring the snow and cold, or enjoying the holidays inside. We're making a book just for Canadians about everything winter. Whether you live in Canada or you are an expat living elsewhere, we want your stories and poems. And keep that Canadian spelling, okay? The deadline for story and poem submissions is June 15, 2013.
* Think Positive for Kids
We are looking for stories from your own childhood, or about children you know that will expose children to positive thinking and good values. These stories will illustrate how to make good choices... even when no one is looking. The book is being geared for children 12 and under and the stories in it should be able to be read to younger children, read by older children, and then discussed with adults. Stories should be written in a way that kids can understand and should be personal anecdotes that are entertaining and also impart a lesson. The deadline for story and poem submissions is June 30, 2013.
* The Dating Game!
We're publishing a book on dating! First dates, blind dates, group dates... we want to hear about all of them. Meeting the family, embarrassing moments, break-ups and make-ups... we want all of your war stories. Did you meet your perfect match online? Did you have an office romance or start a relationship with someone who was just a friend? How about first dates after divorce, reconnecting with a person from your past, or even simply finding your happily-ever-after where you least expected it? Tell us everything from love at first sight to dating disasters. For this book, we prefer contemporary stories. They will be favored over stories about events that happened decades ago. We are accepting stories from men and women 18 years and older. The deadline for story and poem submissions is July 15, 2013.
* Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide
Moms are the busiest people in the world! They juggle kids, husbands, jobs, housework, paid work, volunteer work, parents, pets, etc. How do they do it? Sometimes they are successful and get everything done. Sometimes... disasters happen! Busy moms - here is your chance to pass along your words of wisdom, your lessons learned, your funny or embarrassing moments. Pretend you're talking to a friend and share your wonderful stories with other busy moms. The deadline for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2013. (One Month Extension)
Everyone loves to read about miracles in Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Everyone has experienced extraordinary events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment. Why did these things happen? Perhaps the only explanation is divine intervention. We are looking for true stories in this multi-faith book that will awe you with examples of amazing events. Miracles do happen every day. The deadline for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2013.
* Stories about Cats
We love stories about our cats. They are part of our families or perhaps it might be better to say that they allow us to think of them as family! We include them in our celebrations and buy them gifts for special occasions. They have a special place in our lives and in our hearts. What do you do to make your cat feel special? What does your cat expect from you? How has having a cat changed your life? We know you'll have many great stories for us about how you cater to your cat and how your cat is included in your family. Stories can be serious or humorous... or both. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2013.
* Stories about Dogs
We love stories about our dogs and the amazing things they do. They are part of our families. We include them in our celebrations and even buy them gifts for special occasions. They have a special place in our lives and in our hearts. What do you do to make your dog feel special? What does your dog expect from you? How has your dog changed your life? We know you'll have many great stories for us about how you pamper your pooch and how your pooch is included in your family. Stories can be serious or humorous... or both. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2013.
* Overcoming Challenges
Life is filled with challenges. We have all gone through trying times and have had to overcome difficult situations. We would like to know what challenges you have faced in your life and what you did to overcome them. Are you recovering from health problems, financial difficulties or the loss of a loved one? What changes did you make to help you cope with these issues and turn negative into positive? Your stories will give our readers inspiration and insight into how others are coping and let them know that there is hope even in adversity. The deadline for story and poem submissions is October 31, 2013.
* Reboot Your Life
Were you in a rut? Was your life boring and dull? Hopefully you did something positive about that. What kind of a major changes did you make that brought back your purpose, passion, and joy? Did you start a completely new career, have a travel adventure or find a new hobby? Was it a new love interest or an attitude adjustment that helped you reboot your life? We want to hear your stories. Stories can be serious or funny, but we definitely want them to inspire our readers to take a chance and give them the courage to reboot their own lives. The deadline for story and poem submissions is November 30, 2013.