Chicken Soup for the Soul Needs Submissions for 10 Upcoming Books

Chicken Soup for the Soul is currently seeking submissions for ten upcoming books. They’ve recently updated the deadlines for submissions. Previously, most of their deadlines had been on August 31st. Now there are seven deadlines in September, and three deadlines early next year.

Presumably, the shift in deadlines indicates that they’re having trouble finding the right essays for their books. That means they’re still in need of essays, but also, of course, that there standards are quite specific.

If you’re working on an essay for one of their upcoming books, please be sure to double-check the deadlines, as they sometimes change.

According to their website:

“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. You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family, you will receive our exclusive contributors’ communiqué and you will be entitled to buy cases of books from us at a discount.”

The following books have deadlines that are approaching:

  1. Angels / September 15th, 2021
  2. Messages from Heaven / September 15th, 2021
  3. Miracles, September 15th, 2021
  4. Crazy Family / September 30, 2021
  5. Grieving, Loss, and Healing / September 30th, 2021
  6. Humorous Stories / September 30th, 2021
  7. Kindness / September 30th, 2021
  8. Counting Your Blessings / January 15th, 2022
  9. Cats / March 15th, 2022
  10. Dogs / March 15th, 2022

Writers should expect a response within 60 days of the book’s “on-sale” date. If you haven’t heard back by that time, they have not selected your story for publication. They have a sort of strange company culture, which discourages negative communication – which is why they don’t send rejection letters.

To learn more, and to submit, visit this page.


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