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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.