Even if you’re not sick, you need to check these Chicken Soup call outs

PLEASE NOTE: SOME OF THESE HAVE A JUNE 15 DEADLINE (YES, 2008), SO WRITE QUICKLY~

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School to be published Fall 2008
We are looking for true stories and poems about your middle school years.  We prefer stories written in the first person and no more than 1200 words.  We would like to include stories and poems on the following topics, among others:
•       Regrets (lessons learned from making bad choices)
•       Sports
•       Discovering the opposite sex
•       Embarrassing moments
•       Humorous moments
•       Religion and faith – its place in your life
•       Issues, good and bad, with cell phones, email, texting, instant messaging, the web
•       Self image, self acceptance – including eating disorders, different body types, different rates of growth, short boys, tall girls, early puberty, late puberty
•       Homework – being responsible for it, having a lot of it
•       Cliques/popular kids
•       Family relationships – siblings, parents, other family members
•       Friends – best, losing friends, cliques, support of friends
•       Tough issues – divorce, cancer, death
•       Failures and rising above them
•       Getting new privileges and responsibilities – jobs, cell phones, grades
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book.  You will also receive a check for $200 and ten free copies of your book, worth more than $100.
If your story is published by us, we will copyright it in your name and you will retain your rights to resell the story to another publication.
SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.
DEADLINE IS June 15th, 2008

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School to be published Fall 2008
We are looking for true stories and poems about your middle school years.  We prefer stories written in the first person and no more than 1200 words.  We would like to include stories and poems on the following topics, among others:
•       Regrets (lessons learned from making bad choices)
•       Sports
•       Discovering the opposite sex
•       Embarrassing moments
•       Humorous moments
•       Religion and faith – its place in your life
•       Issues, good and bad, with cell phones, email, texting, instant messaging, the web
•       Self image, self acceptance – including eating disorders, different body types, different rates of growth, short boys, tall girls, early puberty, late puberty
•       Homework – being responsible for it, having a lot of it
•       Cliques/popular kids
•       Family relationships – siblings, parents, other family members
•       Friends – best, losing friends, cliques, support of friends
•       Tough issues – divorce, cancer, death
•       Failures and rising above them
•       Getting new privileges and responsibilities – jobs, cell phones, grades
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book.  You will also receive a check for $200 and ten free copies of your book, worth more than $100.
If your story is published by us, we will copyright it in your name and you will retain your rights to resell the story to another publication.
SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.
DEADLINE IS June 15th, 2008

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Getting In…to College
Release Date: October 2008

There are over 3 million graduating high school seniors each year and more than half of them apply to college.  These days, colleges are deluged with applications and the college application process has become the most traumatic thing that most of theses students and their parents have ever experienced.  There are many books published on how to get into college.  Our book will be one of the only ones out there that provides emotional, not tactical, support.

Our market for this book is 10th, 11th, and 12th graders and their parents, meaning a target audience of more than five million kids and at least that many parents the day we publish.

Chapters will include the following topics:
•        Do I Want to Go to College?
•        Parental Pressure
•        Self Image
•        Competing with Friends
•        Regrets over Past Grades/Performance
•        SATs and ACTs – Living through Them
•        Sports and Coaches
•        Great Essays
•        Waiting
•        Waitlisted and Deferred
•        Disappointments
•        Preparing to Leave the Nest

Stories must be true (non-fiction), written in first person, and 1,000 words or less. Stories should make readers laugh, cry or sigh, and be positive, universal and non-controversial. Also, the  “point” or “message” should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please refer to other Chicken Soup books to better understand our story-telling style.

You may submit more than one story. For each story selected, a 50-word biography will be included about the contributor and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid within 30 days upon publication

Please submit stories through our website at www.chickensoup.com. The tentative submission deadline is June 15th, 2008, but please note that this deadline may adjust, so the sooner, the better!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book to be published March 2009
We are looking for true stories and poems about your experience with cancer––as a patient,
as a relative, friend or co-worker of someone with cancer, or as a medical professional or clergy
engaged in a variety of treatments.
We prefer stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words.

Here are some suggested topics:

The Initial Diagnosis –– What a Patient Hears, What a Doctor Says
Learning to Say the C Word –– breaking the news to loved ones, friends and co-workers
Relationships – how cancer affects family ties, friendships, and professional connections
Securing a medical team and creating a support system
What’s happening to my body? Living through treatment and an ever changing self-image
No Hair Days –– Embarrassing and humorous moments
Discovering new faith and spirituality
Cancer and Sexuality
Life gets bigger –– Rising above the suffering and fear
Facing mortality for the first time
Regaining strength and seeing life anew
Letting go of a loved one
Life’s not fair but it’s my one and only
What I’ve Learned –– from both sides

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

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story. DEADLINE IS AUGUST 31, 2008 although we may accept stories after that date if we have room.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Resolution Stories
Release Date:           December 2008

Everyone makes resolutions!  We make them all year long – not just for the new year.  Some of our resolutions are big and life changing; some of them are small.  We resolve to change our behavior, to exercise more, to eat less.  We resolve to be nicer, to not yell, to get more organized.  You name it – someone has resolved to do it.  What have you resolved?

Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for stories about resolutions.  What did you resolve to do?  How did it work out?  What did you learn?  We would love to hear from you about the resolutions you have made– both your successes and those that didn’t work out.

Tentative chapter topics include:

•        Trying to lose weight
•        Getting fit (The weight loss and getting fit stories could tie into our self-esteem, accept-who-you-are theme for girls and women)
•        Getting more organized
•        Making more money/Giving away money
•        Restoring a relationship with someone/Making amends
•        Changing one’s behavior
•        Stopping bad habits such as smoking, biting fingernails
•        Going green
•        Eating healthy
•        Serious stuff such as substance abuse withdrawal, seeking treatment for mental health issues
•        Self acceptance – realizing the resolution wasn’t necessary and you are great the way you are

Stories must be true (non-fiction), written in first person, and 1,000 words or less. Stories should make readers laugh, cry or sigh, and be positive, universal and non-controversial. Also, the  “point” or “message” should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please refer to other Chicken Soup books to better understand our story-telling style.

You may submit more than one story. For each story selected, a 50-word biography will be included about the contributor and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid within 30 days upon publication

Please submit stories through our website at www.chickensoup.com. Select the Resolution Stories book title.

The tentative submission deadline is August 31, 2008. Please note that this deadline could change so the sooner, the better!

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