Chicken soup is comforting when you’re under the weather. Chicken Soup for the Soul is comforting any time at all. And your moving, inspirational or otherwise meaningful story could touch others and help you earn some extra cash.
The publishers of the uplifting book series, “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” are always looking for authentic, heartwarming submissions to consider for upcoming titles. If your tale fits the topic of a future book, you could become a published author with an extra $200 in your pocket.
Getting Your Story Published
Submitting your story for consideration is easy. Simply go to the submission page on the Chicken Soup for the Soul website, fill out the form and paste the text of your story or poem in the relevant box before clicking “Submit.”
Want to increase your chances of having your story accepted? Your story will require a few specific ingredients.
First, make sure your anecdote is a true story that matches the topic as closely as possible. For instance, a recently-published title, “The Miracle of Love,” featured stories of hope, soul mates and new beginnings, as noted in this Instagram post.
Your story must be previously unpublished and should not be a sermon, essay, thesis, letter or journal entry. It should compel readers from the start and evoke strong emotions. It should be no longer than 1,200 words. And, above all, it should come from your heart.
Then, be prepared to wait. These books might take months or even years to be published, so be patient. The publisher does not send out rejection notices, but will typically notify you of your acceptance more than 60 days before the book becomes available.
Reading Chicken Soup for the Soul books and following the publisher on social media is a great way to learn more about the types of stories they publish. And as noted in the tweet below, they also have a podcast:
Have you experienced a miraculous life-saving coincidence? @AmyNewmark shares two incredible stories from our new book CSS: Believe in Miracles on today's podcast: https://t.co/wYDbXo5Qv5 pic.twitter.com/2zSfP52o9o
— ChickenSoup4theSoul (@ChickenSoupSoul) February 17, 2020
What You Get
Along with a $200 payment (which will arrive a month after the book is published), you will also receive 10 copies of the book if your story is selected. You can also buy cases of the book at half price.
Also, you gain access to a monthly newsletter only available to Chicken Soup authors. The newsletter includes writing tips, contests and more.
Find Upcoming Titles
To view a list of potential book titles and details, check the Possible Book Topics page on the Chicken Soup website. The current list includes the following topics.
- Age Is Just a Number
- Christmas Is in the Air
- Listen to Your Dreams
- Stories about Self-care and Me Time
- Stories of Divine Intervention
Each title has a different submission deadline. Topics change throughout the year, so even if you don’t currently see a category your story might fit, check back every so often.
So, what’s your story?