Monday, April 16, 2012

Call for Submissions: Chicken Soup/Angel Encounters

Don't you just hate it when you're sick in bed, can't move, feeling like you just might die, and nobody brings you any chicken soup?  Dude, that's the worst!

Well, this call for submissions from Chicken Soup for the Soul just passed through my inbox and it sounds intriguing.  Wish I had something to add, but I have no experience with angels. [insert your own "I'm not angel" type joke here]

Anyway, maybe you've had a supernatural encounter and want to write it up.  Here's all the info:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angel Encounters or Angels Among Us
(tentative title ideas)

Celestial, otherworldly, heavenly. Whatever the term, sometimes there is no Earthly explanation for what we experience and a higher power is clearly at work. People see angels in various forms: heavenly, human, animal, and others.

If you have had a personal experience with an angel, please submit your story. We are looking for stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. How did your angel protect you or someone you know? How did your angel help you or someone you know? How did your angel manifest himself or herself?

This book is for everyone who has a story, whether religious or non-religious. Please note that we are not looking for stories about people who are "angels" because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies about a loved one who has died and is now an "angel."

Here are some possible story topics, but we know you can think of more:

  • Angel visitations
  • Divine protection and guardian angels
  • Miraculous recoveries
  • Messages from an angel
  • Prayers answered by an angel
  • Receiving support from angels or spirits
  • Angel intervention
  • Receiving guidance or lessons from angels
  • Interactions with angels
  • Receiving news or warnings from angels

Please remember, we do not like "as told to" stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghostwrite a story for someone else we will list their name as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the "Comments" section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2012.


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