Essayists and poets are invited to submit their works to the Chicken Soup for the Soul, This time their submissions portal has been open for brand new titles. If you’d like to earn money for your essays and poems, you should definitely consider submitting to this prestigious anthology.
Here’s what their press release says:
If we publish your story or poem, you will be paid $200 ($100 for devotionals) one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in..
If you are familiar with the Chicken soup for the soul and their modus operandi, you probably know that they work with themes.
Without much ado, I’d like to list their current themes and the deadlines for each book.
Laughter Is the Best Medicine / September 30th, 2019
Listen to Your Dreams/ February 28, 2020
Stories About Christmas / January 30, 2020
Stories about Self-care and Me Time / December 31, 2019
The Golden Years or Second Wind / September 30, 2019
The Magic of Cats / January 15th, 2019
The Magic of Dogs / January 15th, 2019
You Go, Girl / December 15, 2019
- Length for stories: not more than 1200 words. Employ word economy
- Tell your story in a manner that will evoke emotions from the reader (make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”)
- The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction to what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said.
- Don’t try fancy moves with tenses. Writing in the present tense about something that happened in the past rarely works.
- Your story must be true. No fiction. But creative non-fiction will do.
There are a few free sample stories on the Chicken Soup Website so you can get inspiration from reading their archives.