Have you wondered how Chicken Soup for the Soul chooses their stories? Do you have a story you think might qualify for selection for being published? What you need to know about Chicken Soup submissions:
Recipe for A Winning Chicken Soup for the Soul submission
A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple piece that touches our readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. These stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people.
Chicken Soup for the Soul stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories have heart, but also something extra—an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps or any combination of these.
Submit Your Story
Visit the Chicken Soup Story Guidelines page, which will answer many questions about subject matter, length, and style. Following these guidelines will give you the best possible chance of being accepted.
For a list of current topics, complete with descriptions and deadlines, please visit: Possible Book Topics page.
When submitting, it’s very important to follow submission instructions. Do exactly what they want. If you don’t, your piece will be disqualified no matter how fantastic the writing is.
Chicken Soup for the Soul is “always looking for new talent.” That’s you, my friend. Keep writing and revising and have your piece ready when your topic pops up.