$200 for Personal Essays About “Tough Times”

Most people these days have been going through a difficult time in one way or another. For those who want to shed light on the silver-linings of difficult situations, Chicken Soup for the Soul is seeking submissions.

They pay $200 per story or poem, as well as contributor copies.

According to their call for submissions:

Tough times won’t last but tough people will. We are looking for stories about how you have been affected and how you and your loved ones are handling the changes in your life. We’re looking for the ups and downs, so share the tough times but also the silver linings, the unexpected blessings, and resilience and gratitude that you have discovered in yourself and the people close to you.

We’re also looking for stories about tough times unrelated to the pandemic. Are you going through other challenges that have nothing to do with the pandemic, such as health crises, loss of loved ones, personal challenges, family issues, job loss and economic upheaval? When we published a book in 2009 called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People we ended up with about half the stories being directly related to the impact of the recession that was occurring at that time. The other stories were about tough times in general. It was a great mix of advice and comfort for our readers.

The deadline to submit a story is October 31st, 2020. They hope to publish the book next year.

To learn more, read their call for submissions here.


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