Time to bust out the champagne! A member of my writing group has just been accepted for publication in one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Chicken Soup: Inspiration for the Writer’s Soul, as a matter of fact. Our whole group is full-to-bursting with pride, and as we clinked our plastic cups full of sparkling grape juice (hey, we were in a public library), I realized this would be a good time to say a few words about the Chicken Soup franchise, and the opportunities it provides for writers.
For those of you who don’t know, Chicken Soup for the Soul is a series of inspirational books. Each book features roughly a hundred true stories that center on a specific theme. The theme might be cats, dogs, mother-daughter relationships, parents of autistic children, brides-to-be, or, in the case of my friend’s recent acceptance, inspiration for writers.
The reason this is such a cool opportunity: Chicken Soup is constantly coming out with new books. Meaning, they’re constantly calling for new material. Meaning, there are lots of chances to get published! Right now, they’re looking for true, inspirational stories on the following topics:
-Devotional Stories for Wives
-Lemons to Lemonade
-Miraculous Messages from Heaven
-Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide
-The Dating Game!
Now, maybe you’re a semi-pro golfer who hates holidays and has never seen a miracle in his life. If so, don’t fret – next month, they might very well be calling for entries to a brand-new book that’s right up your alley, like Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul: Touching Tales from on the Green, or something similar. This would be the perfect chance for you to write about those baby ducks you rescued from the sand trap. Or that time you took Grandpa putting and he really started to open up about his war days. No matter what your passions are, no matter where your life’s journey has taken you, you probably have at least one sweet, heartwarming story inside of you, just waiting for the right opportunity to come out.
Check Chicken Soup’s “Call For Entries” page often, and your chance just might come:
Best of luck, and keep writing!