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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Lots of Opportunities with Chicken Soup for the Soul

It's come to my attention that the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book publishers have lots of calls for contributions at the moment (and indeed most times).

I found a number of opportunities listed on the excellent website. In all cases, payment is a flat fee of $200 for a story of 1200 words or less.

Chicken Soup for the Soul also publish poetry, although I couldn't find any information on what they pay for this - could be the same, could be less.

Anyway, here are all the current opportunities I know about, with links to the relevant pages on The descriptions are copied from the pages concerned.

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 date 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 June 30, 2013.

Lemons to Lemonade

"When life hands you lemons... make lemonade!" And don't only make lemonade but squeeze every last drop of juice from that sour lemon to make the sweetest lemonade possible. We are looking for stories that show how you made the best of a difficult situation and how you turned what seemed like a negative into something positive. Did a change in your attitude help? Did a friend give you the boost you needed to get you past what seemed like a dead end? Tell us your success story and how you made it happen. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is February 28, 2013.

Holiday Stories

We are collecting stories for our newest holiday book. Everyone has special memories and stories to tell about Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa - from inspirational and joyous, to heartwarming and humorous. We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. NOTE: Please make sure that the stories you are submitting to this book are NEW holiday stories that our editors have not read before. If you have submitted stories to our Christmas books in the past, we have your stories in our database. Also, please make sure your stories are "Santa safe" as we want to keep the magic alive for the young ones. The deadline date for story submissions is February 28, 2013.

Messages from Heaven

We have heard many terrific stories about your own after-death communication experiences since our first Messages from Heaven book came out. It was a national bestseller so we have decided to make another edition, with the theme "Love Never Dies." If you have a story about receiving a sign or communicating with a loved one after his or her death, we would love to consider it. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is March 31, 2013.

In addition, Chicken Soup for the Soul are looking for shorter stories (up to 500 words) for Devotional Stories for Wives. This has more of a religious slant, and each story has to be accompanied by an applicable Bible verse (from the NIV version of the Bible) and a 2-3 sentence prayer. Only $100 per story for this one.

As you may gather, the sort of stories (and poems) required for these books may best be described as heartwarming. They aren't the easiest to write, but if you can come up with something the publishers like, the payment is decent and you also get 10 free copies of the published book.

Full writers' guidelines and submission instructions can be found on any of the pages linked to above.

Good luck!

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