Thursday, May 20, 2010

Chicken Soup for the Soul Calls for Submissions from Young Writers

Chicken Soup for the Soul is an amazing opportunity for writers to share their true personal stories with the world. I have published stories in eight Chicken Soup books and the experience has been great.

Now, the Chicken Soup editors are collecting stories by young adults in high school and college for preteens who are caught between childhood and the tumultuous teens -- a time when bodies are changing, friendships are forming, and everyone's just trying to find someone to sit with at lunch. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Preteens is going to be a companion for kids, whether they're looking to laugh or be told everything will be okay.

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? They want stories about friendship, family, learning to do the right thing, and all the mistakes you made along the way.

The editors are looking for true stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words. Stories should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major publications. These must be your personal stories -- things that happened to you or someone you were close to.

Here are some suggested topics to get you started:
  • Dealing with tough stuff
  • Acts of kindness
  • Teachers, parents, and friends who gave you guidance
  • Embarrassing moments and funny stories
  • Beloved pets
  • Changing schools and being the new kid
  • First crushes
  • How technology influences your life -- texting, instant messaging, and emailing
  • Sibling relationships
  • Learning to be comfortable in your own skin

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.


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