Thursday, June 30, 2011

Call for Submissions: Chicken Soup for...well, a lot of things

Here's an odd one for Donuts & Desires: Chicken Soup for the Soul! I'm usually all about erotica, but this is definitely not that. Are you feeling all encouraging and inspirational and stuff? Got a heartwarming story from real life you want to share? Well, here's your chance! Perusing their site, it looks like they pay $200/ story plus contributors' copies and they want a max length of 1200 words, so super-short.

Here's a list of future topics they're looking at. Note, Christmas Stories and Here Comes the Bride are due TODAY, June 30th, 2011! (Sorry for the short notice...eep!)

We’re Looking for Stories!

We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul® books in development and are adding new titles all of the time. We are always looking for new stories and poems and hope you have some for us to consider. Take a look at the list of our future book topics to see if you have a story or poem on a subject we are looking for and then please submit it to us.

If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but we are not collecting for that topic at this time, please save it and check back with us soon. Our list of Possible Books Topics is added to frequently and hopefully, in the near future, we will add a topic that will be a perfect fit for your story or poem.

We prefer that you submit your stories only once, but if you believe your story fits in more than one book topic, please indicate which other topics you have submitted it for in the Comments line on the submission form. You can submit your story by going to the link at the bottom of the page. Thanks!

Here Are Our Future Topics:

Boost Your Brain Power!

Who doesn't want to be smarter, think faster, have a better memory? Many people would like to enhance their brainpower and are looking for help to do just that. We're seeking stories about people who have improved their ability to think and use their brain in some way and as a result, improved their life. Your stories will provide the inspiration and motivation to those looking to get more from their grey matters. The deadline date for story submissions is August 7, 2011.

Christmas Stories
We are collecting stories for our newest Christmas book. Everyone has special memories and stories to tell about the Christmas season - from inspirational and joyous, to heartwarming and humorous. We want to hear about your special Christmas memories and traditions. Please note: if you have submitted stories to our Christmas books in the past, we have your stories in our database. Please make sure that the stories you are submitting to this book are NEW stories that our editors have not read before. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2011.

Family Caregiver
Do you have a family member who requires constant care? Well, you are not alone. The stories in this book will be written by people caring for a family member who requires their assistance due to a variety of reasons - old age, Alzheimer's, chronic illness, long-term or permanent physical or mental disabilities. Are you part of the "sandwich" generation - caring for an elderly relative while also raising your children? Or are you the person receiving the care from a family member? We want to hear from you too. These stories will inspire and support family members who are making sacrifices to make sure their loved ones are well cared for, whether in their own homes or elsewhere. The deadline date for story submissions is July 30, 2011.

Here Comes the Bride
You are engaged! How lucky you are to have found that one person you want to share the rest of your life with. We are looking for stories about this very special experience in your life. From the proposal, to the planning, to actual wedding day events รข€“ both touching and hilarious - these stories will capture your heart and your emotions. Stories from the groom or the proud parents would be great too! Please share the memories that were created during this special time in your life. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2011.

Home Sweet Home
Whether you rent your home or own your home, home is where your heart is. It is your safe place in the world. We are looking for stories about getting your first home, returning to your childhood home, do it yourself repair disasters and successes, downsizing, moving day or any heartwarming or funny stories associated with home. This book will make the perfect housewarming gift. The deadline date for story submissions is August 30, 2011.

Married Life!
In order to make a marriage last you need a sense of humor! Whether you are newly married or have been married for years and years, the stories in this book will make you laugh, capture your imagination, inspire you and touch your heart. We want to celebrate the commitment two people make when they say their vows. We are looking for stories that will focus on the humor necessary to maintain a successful relationship. Tell us about your marriage: what makes it work? How does laughter help? How did you try to change your mate? Did that work for you?! The deadline date for story submissions is July 31, 2011.

Say Goodbye to Back Pain!
Almost all of us experience back pain at some point in our lives. Many people suffer far more than they need to and are looking for help. We're seeking stories about people who have or have had back problems, found solutions to their pain, improved their mobility, learned to live with their problems, etc. Your stories will provide the inspiration and comfort to those who suffer from back pain. The deadline date for story submissions is July 31, 2011.

Say Goodbye to Stress!
Everyone feels stressed out at some point in their lives. Many people have trouble getting their stress under control and are looking for help. We're seeking stories about people who have felt or feel stressed out, found a way to resolve their stress, learned to rethink their stress, improved their lives by handling stress, etc. Your stories will provide the inspiration and comfort to those who are stressed out. The deadline date for story submissions is August 7, 2011.

Think Positive for Kids
Where do your children find the inner strength to stay positive in these challenging times? The world today is fast-paced and filled with choices, temptations and challenges. The values that children, ages 7 to 12, learn today will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We are looking for stories that show children how to make good choices... even when no one is looking, respect the needs and feelings of others and focus on hope. The stories will remind kids that each day holds something to be grateful for and show them that they are not alone in dealing with difficult issues. We hope that adults will take the time to read these stories with their children as together you share special times and expand communication. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2011.

Tough Times for Teens
The teenage years are tough, and when bad things happen, the challenges can be overwhelming. We are looking for stories from teenagers and young adults for a new book about the tough times that some teens experience. This book will be a support and a companion for teenagers looking for comfort and inspiration while they overcome hardships of various kinds and show them that, as tough as things can get, they are not alone. The deadline date for story submissions is July 31, 2011.

Thank you!

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