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Friday, January 22, 2021

Chicken Soup for the Soul

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Deadline: various deadlines


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.

Please scroll through the topics listed below to see what we're working on! Then click on the Submit Your Story link and you will be taken to our submission form.

***SELECT YOUR TOPIC***


Angels

Angels and miracles are all around us if we keep our eyes open. Have you experienced a divine intervention, answered prayer, or other miraculous occurrence courtesy of someone you think just might have been an angel. Do you have a guardian angel who seems to swoop in and help you when you need it?

We are looking for true personal stories about how an angel has touched your life – stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. We’re looking for amazing stories that will make people say “wow” or give our readers chills. Have you experienced something otherworldly or celestial? Or had a personal experience with an angel or divine being? How did your angel manifest himself or herself to you? Were you the only person who saw your angel? How did your angel protect or guide you?

We are looking for stories, and poems that tell a story, from writers of all faiths. This includes writers who do not follow a particular religion. This book is by and for everyone.

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.”

The deadline for submissions is MARCH 31, 2021.

Cats

Our cat titles are so very popular, and you have so many great stories to share with us, that we do a new cat title every eighteen months or so. Here is another chance for you to share a story or two about that member of your family who just happens to walk on four feet for our 2021 book!

We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1,200 words. Tell us about your cat. Tell us how he made you smile. How she "rescued" you after you "rescued" her. How she brought your family closer together, helped you find love, inspired you to change something in your human life. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. We can’t wait to read all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories you have about your cats!

Please note: If you submitted a story or poem for a previous cat book and we DID NOT publish it, here is your chance to submit it to us again. If you submitted a story and we DID publish it in a previous cat book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.

The deadline for story and poem submission is FEBRUARY 28, 2021.

Christmas Stories

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 2021 book and we are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities too.

The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives. Were your traditions and celebrations different this year? Were you able to gather with family, go to church, attend holiday parties and 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!

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 MAY 15, 2021.

Counting Your Blessings

Gratitude is one of the keys to happiness. Even during the toughest times, if we can find our gratitude and count our blessings we feel better. Back in 2009, when we were going through a deep recession, we received thousands of stories from people who were still counting their blessings and finding their joy. Those stories became the bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings. With today’s worries about contracting disease, joblessness, and rampant divisiveness we thought it was time to revisit this topic. We’re not sure of the title for our next book about counting your blessings, but we’re sure a new collection of stories is appropriate for 2021.

Please share your stories about handling challenges in your life, finding the silver linings, and counting your blessings, whether the challenges you are facing are COVID-19 related or other kinds.

Stories can be serious or funny, but definitely should be inspirational and heartwarming. Attitude adjustments, finding contentment and gratitude, a new way of handling your daily life, and other great ideas to inspire readers to find their own paths to happiness and to remember to count their blessings every day are what we are looking for.

The deadline for submissions is FEBRUARY 28, 2021

Eldercare & Dementia

Eldercare on an ongoing basis is a very difficult task, whether the care is in your home, the person’s home, or an outside facility. Eldercare requires the caregiver to be patient, kind, compassionate and giving. And having a little humor doesn’t hurt! Are you providing eldercare for a spouse, partner, or sibling due to dementia, chronic illness, permanent physical or mental disabilities, or just plain old age? Did you move in with an older family member to care for him or her? Are you part of the “sandwich” generation—caring for a parent and a child at the same time?

Think of this book as a portable support group to help others. Everyone needs support, and sometimes we feel so alone when we’re caring for elderly family members who are living a new normal. We are looking for true stories that show our readers how lives and relationships change when eldercare becomes necessary. They will provide practical advice, encouragement, insight and support.

By the way, we are in awe of professional caregivers, but we are only seeking stories from family members providing eldercare for this particular book.

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

• Accepting the new reality
• Recognizing when eldercare is necessary
• Convincing the person that he or she needs help
• Moving day
• Cleaning out the old residence
• Meeting the challenges of everyday life
• Making important decisions
• Finding the blessings and gratitude in eldercare
• Dealing with the physical changes
• Visiting with the elderly during the pandemic
• Not being able to visit during the pandemic - isolation
• Using Zoom, FaceTime or other forms of technology to keep in touch
• Dealing with the rollercoaster ride of emotions
• Reactions from the outside world
• Reacting to personality changes
• Asking others for help
• Coping with the stress
• Taking care of yourself, too, and your marriage and other relationships
• The lighter side – and there will be some funny moments!

The deadline for story and poem submissions is JANUARY 30, 2021.

Preteens

Callout for writers under age 35

We are excited to announce the 20th anniversary of the release of the Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul book. What an amazing 20 years it has been! This book title has sold millions of copies and is still relevant today. In honor of the 20th anniversary, we are rereleasing the original Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul, and we are adding 20 new stories!

Chicken Soup for the Soul has always provided support to preteens from all over the world. We’re collecting up-to-date stories written by preteens, teens, and men and women under age 35. We want these stories to represent how the world is today for preteens, and we’re hoping for stories about the pandemic, technology, social media, and other modern-day concerns.

We’re looking for everything, from serious to silly. What was your experience like as a preteen? Did you fit in with the popular crowd, or were you left behind to eat your peanut butter and jelly in the library? What kind of humorous or embarrassing things happened to you when you were that age?

Your stories and poems should be written in the first person about something that happened to you or someone close to you. Your stories must be true. If you want to change someone’s name or use a pen name, that’s fine, but you need to tell us exactly what you changed. Please try to keep your stories under 1200 words.

Please remember you must be under 35 to have your story considered for this 20th anniversary edition of Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul.

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

- Dealing with the pandemic - how COVID changed your life
- Zoom schooling or home schooling
- Lack of contact with friends because of COVID
- Dealing with tough stuff – being teased or bullied or confronting the bully
- Teachers, parents, coaches, and friends who gave you guidance
- Embarrassing moments and funny stories
- Changing schools and being the new kid
- First crushes
- How technology influences your life -- texting, FaceTime, social media, and emailing
- Learning to be comfortable in your own skin
- Doing the right thing even though it was the difficult thing
- Divorce and remarriage – blended families and fitting in
- Best friends and changing best friends
- Body image and eating disorders
- Being an immigrant
- Going through puberty
- Sports and teams
- Having a disability or being different

The deadline for story and poems submissions is JANUARY 31, 2021.

Teenagers

Callout for writers under age 35

We are excited to announce the 25th anniversary of the release of the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul book. What an amazing 25 years it has been! This book title has sold millions of copies and is still relevant today. In honor of the 25th anniversary, we are rereleasing the original Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, and we are adding 25 new stories!

Chicken Soup for the Soul has always provided support to teenagers from all over the world. We’re collecting up-to-date stories written by teens and men and women under age 35. We want these stories to represent how the world is today for teenagers, and we’re hoping for stories about the pandemic, technology, social media, and other modern-day concerns.

We’re looking for everything, from serious to silly. What was your experience like as a teenager? Did you fit in with the popular crowd, or were you left out? What did you learn about yourself that you can pass on to help another teenager who is growing up today? What kind of humorous or embarrassing things happened to you when you were that age?

Your stories and poems should be written in the first person about something that happened to you or someone close to you. Your stories must be true. If you want to change someone’s name or use a pen name, that’s fine, but you need to tell us exactly what you changed. Please try to keep your stories under 1200 words.

Please remember you must be under 35 to have your story considered for this 20th anniversary edition of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.

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

- Dealing with the pandemic - how COVID changed your life
- Zoom schooling or home schooling
- Lack of contact with friends because of COVID
- Dealing with tough stuff – being teased or bullied or confronting the bully
- Teachers, parents, coaches, and friends who gave you guidance
- Embarrassing moments and funny stories
- Changing schools and being the new kid
- Crushes and dating
- How technology influences your life -- texting, FaceTime, social media, and emailing
- Sibling relationships
- Learning to be comfortable in your own skin
- Doing the right thing even though it was the difficult thing
- Divorce and remarriage – blended families and fitting in
- Best friends and changing best friends
- Body image and eating disorders
- Being an immigrant
- Going through puberty
- Sports and teams
- Having a disability or being different
- Drinking and using drugs and the consequences of those actions
- LGBTQ stories and coming out to friends and family
- Learning to drive and driving stories
- Living in a shelter or housing project
- Going through tough times in terms of finances or health

The deadline for story and poems submissions is JANUARY 31, 2021.

Tough Times

Please note that the deadline for story and poem submissions has been extended to MARCH 31, 2021.

The world has been going through an upheaval unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. Because of the pandemic, our way of life has completely changed. Things we used to take for granted are no longer available to us. We have had to overcome obstacles and adversities we never dreamed of having to do. Many people have lost their lives, their jobs, their homes, or at least are having to make drastic changes and cutbacks.

Tough times won’t last but tough people will. We are looking for stories about how you have been affected and how you are handling the changes in your life. We’re looking for the ups and downs, so share the tough times but also the silver linings, the unexpected blessings, and resilience and gratitude that you have discovered.

We’re also looking for stories about tough times unrelated to the pandemic. Are you going through other challenges that have nothing to do with the pandemic, such as health crises, loss of loved ones, personal challenges, family issues, job loss and economic upheaval? It was a great mix of advice and comfort for our readers.

Here are some general ideas for story topics:
• Dealing with Covid-19
• Economic troubles/loss of a business or a job
• Death, grieving and healing
• Accepting the new norms and living with them
• Stay-at-home self-quarantine changes to the routine
• Zoom schooling and home-schooling challenges and perks
• Taking and making time for the simpler things
• Working from home instead of going to the office
• Returning to old values and pastimes
• How did your children or grandchildren change and grow as a result of this?
• What lessons from the pandemic can you apply to other parts of your life?
• What other issues were you dealing with at the same time as the pandemic and did that give you perspective?
• Did you have family issues with some people wanting to practice social distancing and others not? How did you handle that?
• Celebrating milestones during the pandemic

Please do not submit stories that argue against good health practices, social distancing and wearing masks. Those will be deleted.



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