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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada

Chicken Soup for the Soul:
Christmas in Canada

101 Stories About the Joy and Wonder of the Holidays, Canadian Style!

We’re making another book for Canada. Christmas in Canada is a special time. The nights are long but our hearts are warm and the lights are bright. What’s your story?

We want your true, dramatic stories that took place at Christmas time in Canada, whether you are Canadian, a resident of Canada, or a visitor to Canada. And keep that Canadian spelling in your computer, eh? We are defining Christmas as the entire December holiday season and the New Year festivities too.

Here are some examples of holiday events around which your story might take place, but we know you can think of many more:

• Festivals of lights and other annual Christmas events in your community
• Creches, passion plays, church events that come with a great story
• Santa stories, keeping in mind that we keep the magic alive for our younger readers!
• The tree… and other decorating traditions
• Love and Romance at Christmas
• Gifts and cards, music and food, decorations and holiday attire
• Christmas Shopping…the struggles and successes
• Kindness and generosity at Christmas
• Hockey, ice fishing, skiing, tobogganing, sledding, skating, camping, snow shoeing,     curling… all winter sports shared during the Christmas season
• Family ties, children and reunions
• Meeting up with old friends and new at Christmas
• Neighbours and Community at Christmas
• The challenges or fun of winter weather during the Christmas season
• Adapting your celebration when the weather gets in the way (like the 2013 ice storms)
• Christmas and holiday traditions in your town or province
• Hanukah, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and other holiday season traditions and events,     even if not specifically Christmas
• Christmas in Canada for new Canadians
• Animals at Christmas
• Family lore – those stories you tell over and over again!
• Christmas in the north – First Nation stories

Remember, a dramatic story that inspires and opens the heart of your reader in some way will always work best. Also, we do not like “as told to” stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghostwrite a story for someone else we will list his or her name as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

If your story or poem 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 U.S. $200 and 10 free copies of your book, which retail for $16.95 Canadian each. You will retain the copyright for your story, and you will also retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

The deadline for story and poem submissions is May 30, 2014.

Writers Call Out

Story call outChicken Soup for the Soul:
The Power of Forgiveness
101 Stories about How to Let Go and Change Your Life
For the “New Year New You” 2015 season we plan to publish a book about the power of forgiveness. Have you ever noticed how forgiving someone frees you to move on with your life? You don’t have to forget or condone something that happened, but for your own wellbeing you have to move past your anger. It can be a major decision, something really big like forgiving someone who caused a major negative event in your life, especially if you feel you were seriously wronged. Or it can be something minor like forgiving a rude driver who cut you off.

We are looking for stories that will show our readers how forgiving someone or being forgiven by someone changed your life in a positive way. Were you able to reestablish a relationship after forgiving or being forgiven? Did letting go of your hurt feelings heal you and bring you a sense of peace? Help others find the same resolution by sharing your story.

Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:

• Making the decision to forgive
• Setting yourself free by forgiving
• Apologizing if you were the one who caused the hurt
• Letting go of anger and resentment
• Adjusting your attitude
• Healing and compassion
• That first step — reestablishing contact
• Working it out
• Helping someone else forgive — how you did it

Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghostwrite a story for someone else we will list that person’s name as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your short 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, which retails for $14.95 per copy. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

The deadline for story and poem submissions is June 30, 2014. On-sale date December 16, 2014.

Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul

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My Guardian Angel
Guardian angels, divine guides, supernatural protectors — whatever you call them, sometimes we have no earthly explanation for what we experience and we know a higher power is at work. People see angels in various forms: heavenly, human, animal, and others.

If you have had a miraculous, personal experience with an angel, please submit your story. We are looking for stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. How did your angel protect you or someone you know? How did your angel help you or someone you know, or even change your life? How did your angel manifest himself or herself?

This book is for everyone who has a story, whether religious or non-religious. Please note that we are not looking for stories about people who are “angels” because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies about a loved one who has died and is now an “angel.”

Here are some possible story topics, but we know you can think of more:

• Angel visitations
• Divine protection
• Miraculous recoveries
• Messages from an angel
• Prayers answered by an angel
• Receiving support from angels or spirits
• Angel intervention
• Receiving guidance or lessons from angels
• Interactions with angels
• Receiving news or warnings from angels

Please remember, we do not like “as told to” stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghostwrite a story for someone else we will list their name as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

If you have already submitted a story for this title, please do not submit it again. We have it in our database and it will be considered for the book. If you have an additional story you’d like to submit, we’d love to consider it.

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, which lists at $14.95. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

The deadline for story and poem submissions is March 31, 2014. The book will be published in October 2014.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Forms of Dementia

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Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Forms of Dementia
101 Stories of Caregiving, Coping, and Compassion

The deadline for submissions has been extended to October 23, 2013.We are pleased to announce that Chicken Soup for the Soul is working with the Alzheimer’s Association to make a very special and important book. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia on an on-going basis can be extremely difficult and stressful. If you are caring for someone or you are a patient in the early stages of the disease and are comfortable writing about your personal challenges, we invite you to share your stories. Your story as a caregiver, a loved one or a patient will provide practical advice, encouragement, insight, and support to our readers and will inspire and comfort others going through similar experiences and let them know that they are not alone.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

• Recognizing the first symptoms of the disease
• Meeting the challenges of everyday life
• Dealing with the physical changes
• Dealing with the rollercoaster ride of emotions
• Reactions from the outside world
• Reacting to personality changes
• Asking others for help
• Coping with the stress
• The lighter side — and there will be some funny moments!

Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghostwrite a story for someone else we will list that person’s name as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your 50-word 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.

Proceeds from this book will support the work of the Alzheimer’s Association. They are the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The contributors whose stories are obtained through the Alzheimer’s Association will be waiving their $200 fees and will have us give the $200 to the Association instead. If you are one of our past contributors, and you would like to do the same, please let us know and we will take care of it. You will still receive your ten free copies of the book and all your other contributor’s perks. We will also be paying a large royalty to the Alzheimer’s Association for each book sold.

If you are affiliated with a chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association please let us know. Make note of that information in the “Comments” section of the submission form.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

The deadline for story and poem submissions is October 15, 2013.

CONTACT USPlease do not reply or send questions to this address. For any further questions or correspondence, contact webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com or visit our website at http://www.chickensoup.com.

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P.O. Box 700
Cos Cob, CT 06807-0700
 

Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life

CS_Reboot_Your_Life.1 - CopyChicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life
101 Stories about Finding a New Path to Happiness

Were you in a rut? Was your life boring and dull? Hopefully you did something positive about it. Just as we reboot our computers to start them over and solve problems, so too can we reboot our lives. What did you do to bring back your purpose, passion and joy?

We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1200 words about how you changed the direction your life was taking or how you got out of your rut. Was is a major change or was it an attitude adjustment? Did you change your life overnight or did it take you a while? Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. Your stories should inspire our readers to take a chance and give them the courage to reboot their own lives.

Here are a few suggested ideas but we know you will come up with your own:

• Starting all over again
• Changing jobs or careers
• Having an epiphany
• Changing your personal relationships
• Taking a chance on love
• Travel adventures
• New hobbies, volunteer work, or passions
• Overcoming challenges that caused you to rethink your life
• Helping someone else reboot his or her life
• Adjusting your attitude

Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

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.

If you already submitted your story for this book, please do not submit it again. We will get confused and delete both. If you want to revise it, just let us know when we send you our initial request for your permission form.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JANUARY 30, 2014.

CONTACT US
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