If you enjoy writing short, inspirational articles, you may find a market with the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book publishers. They have lots of calls for submissions at the moment (and indeed most times).
In all cases, payment is a flat fee of $200 for a true story of 1200 words or less. You also get ten copies of the book in which your contribution is published.
And they say that, “You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family, you will receive our exclusive contributors’ communiqué and you will be entitled to buy cases of books from us at a discount.”
Here are some projects Chicken Soup for the Soul are currently seeking contributions for. For more information, click through to the forthcoming projects page (from which the items below are copied). You can also read the writers’ guidelines by clicking here.
Alzheimer’s and Dementias Family Caregiving
We are making another book for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our first book came out in April 2014 and it was so well received that we decided to make another for 2016. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia on an ongoing basis can be extremely difficult and stressful, but rewarding as well. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, please share your best advice, encouragement, funny stories, comforting stories, and support with other people like you. We know from our last book how much these stories help! Family caregivers can feel so alone—we know your stories will help. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is October 30, 2015.
Are you part of a blended family, enjoying stepchildren, stepsiblings, etc.? Blending two families after a second marriage can be a real joy… and sometimes a challenge too. Tell us about your own blended families. How did you make it work? What advice do you have for other families? We are looking for true stories about all aspects of blending families—stories that will make us laugh and cry, nod our heads in recognition, and give us great advice. Tell us about your kids if you’re a parent, your parents if you’re a kid, your pets, whatever you think would enlighten and entertain someone else in the same situation. The deadline for story and poem submissions is June 30, 2016.
Dreams and Synchronicities
Sometimes magic happens in your life. You have a dream that reveals a truth or a course of action to you. You have a premonition that changes your behavior and saves you or a loved one from disaster. You meet someone at just the right time and you can’t believe the coincidence. We’re collecting stories for a second book on this topic, following our bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions. Share your stories about the amazing things that have happened in your own life. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is March 31, 2016.
We are so proud of the men and women in the military and want to do everything we can to support them. We are looking for true stories from soldiers who defend and protect our country — both active and retired — and from their families who make sacrifices when their loved ones are far away. Those families move with them, anxiously wait for them, raise kids and grow up with a parent or child away. They are an important part of the success of our heroes. We know our readers will be overcome with emotion as they read these stories that will acknowledge, entertain and inspire. They will leave you with admiration and gratitude for our nation’s best and brightest.
Good luck, and if you have a story published by Chicken Soup for the Soul, do let me know!