Chicken Soup for the Soul Needs Submissions for 6 Upcoming Books

Chicken Soup for the Soul once again made big changes to the deadlines for submitting to the books they are currently working on.

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

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. Listen to Your Dreams/ February 28, 2020
  2. Stories About Christmas / January 30, 2020
  3. Stories about Self-care and Me Time / December 31, 2019
  4. The Magic of Cats / January 15th, 2019
  5. The Magic of Dogs / January 15th, 2019
  6. You Go, Girl / December 15, 2019

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.

PS: Chicken Soup for the Soul also runs the website,, which publishes feel-good articles aimed at getting “viral” content. They don’t explicitly list their submission guidelines, but they can be contacted here.


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