Sunday, May 26, 2019

UPDATED Chicken Soup for the Soul Writing Opportunities and Submission Guidelines


Chicken Soup for the Soul has an astounding collection of inspiring books! I remember about 15 years ago when I got the one for mothers for Mother's Day and I still have it, all Post-It noted and highlighted! Click here to check out their possible upcoming books, which you can contribute to! They update it all the time as they publish more and come up with more ideas! Here are some that are coming up!


I Can't Stop Laughing!

We have all had this kind of thing happen. A situation that is not necessarily supposed to be humorous turns into something that makes us laugh. And laugh we do. Out loud! We can’t seem to help ourselves. And if we try not to laugh, that only makes it worse. And if someone says, don’t laugh… well, you know what happens.

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:

Stop laughing. That’s not funny!
I love you but… really?
I thought you said…
Compulsions
Obsessions
Annoying habits
Embarrassing moments
Wedding mishaps
Funeral foul-ups
Holiday meltdowns
Kitchen/dinner party disasters
Family foibles
Zany vacations
Moving-day mayhem
Good intentions gone wrong

**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 is JULY 31, 2019 

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 Miracles

Miracles do happen each and every day. Everyone has experienced events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment and give them hope for a better future. Why did these things happen? Is there an explanation? Or did these things seem to happen for no reason at all?

We are looking for true stories of no more than 1,200 words for this multi-faith book that will awe you with examples of amazing events and unexplained happenings. Share your inspirational stories with us to remind us that each day holds hope and to never give up. A miracle can happen at any time.

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

• Everyday miracles
• Dreams and premonitions
• Miraculous healings or recoveries
• Visions and revelations
• When something, against all odds, worked out
• Unexplained happenings
• Amazing coincidences
• Near misses and astonishing luck
• Stories that make you say, “you’re not going to believe what just happened…”
• Stories that have people exclaiming “really?!!!” when they finish reading them

If you submitted a story for a previous book title and we DID NOT publish it, please submit it again if you think it will fit in this title. If we have already published your story in a previous Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it to us again. We do not republish stories that we have already published.

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

The Forgiveness Fix

Have you ever noticed how forgiving someone frees you to move on with your life? You don’t have to forget or condone something that happened, but for your own wellbeing you have to move past your anger. It can be a major decision, something really big like forgiving someone who caused a major negative event in your life, especially if you feel you were seriously wronged. Or it can be something minor like forgiving a rude driver who cut you off.

We are looking for stories that will show our readers how forgiving someone or being forgiven by someone changed your life in a positive way. Were you able to reestablish a relationship after forgiving or being forgiven? Did letting go of your hurt feelings heal you and bring you a sense of peace? Help others find the same resolution by sharing your story.


• Making the decision to forgive
• Setting yourself free by forgiving
• Apologizing if you were the one who caused the hurt
• Letting go of anger and resentment
• Adjusting your attitude
• Healing and compassion
• That first step - reestablishing contact
• Working it out
• Helping someone else forgive – how you did it

The DEADLINE DATE for story and poems submissions has been EXTENDED TO JUNE 30, 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 June 30, 2019. 




"If the story or poem you wrote is published by us, you will be paid $200 upon publication of the book plus you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in."

We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul books in development and we frequently add new titles. If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but it doesn’t fit with any of the topics below, please save it and check this page again in the future to see if we have added a topic that’s a better match.

If you have a story or poem that you think fits two of the topics below, you may submit it to both. Then let us know in the Comments section that you’ve done so. Also, you may submit more than one piece for each book.
We are always looking for new talent. So whether you are a regular contributor or new to our family, please share your story or poem with us. If this is your first time, please visit our Story Guidelines page, which will answer many of your questions about subject matter, length, and style.
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