Tuesday, December 1, 2015

EXCITING NEWS from Janet Matthews: New CS Title: Stories Needed!

From: Janet Matthews [mailto:janet@janetmatthews.ca]
Sent: December-01-15 4:19 AM
To: elmams@shaw.ca
Subject: EXCITING NEWS from Janet Matthews: New CS Title: Stories Needed!


You may have a great story - and get published!








From Janet Matthews

Canadian Co-author of

 Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul

We need your stories for a

brand new Canadian title...



Chicken Soup for the Soul

The Spirit of Canada!!


I'm excited to let you, as writers, know about this great opportunity to get published. It would be so great if you would forward this to your members, include it in your newsletter or blog, and/or post it on your website. Here's why:

The folks at Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing LOVE our Canadian stories, so Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Spirit of Canada is being compiled to help celebrate

the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which is Canada Day 2017. For both our most recent titles - Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Wonders of Winter, and Christmas in Canada we received submissions from writers across Canada that belong to groups like yours, and many of them were published!

Do you have a great story?
If so, it could get published, and yes, you would get paid.


We`re looking for true, personal, dramatic, heartwarming or inspirational stories that celebrate our unique  Canadian Spirit.

As always, we`re seeking stories that inspire and open the hearts of our readers; that make them laugh or cry, give them goose bumps, or cause them to gasp and say,  "I`m so glad I read that story!"   

The best stories are written in the first person, and might be founded on traditional Chicken Soup themes of:   

  • Overcoming Obstacles 
  • Living Your Dreams 
  • Triumphing in the face of adversity 
  • Love and Sacrifice 
  • Kindness, family, community 
  • ...and making a difference

  Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking:

  • Tell a story about a local hero that inspired you, or one of our greatest Canadian heroes that impacted your life.
  • Do you live in a community that has suffered a challenge - and experienced the kindness of neighbours or first responders who showed up to make a difference?
  • Are you, or is one of your family members in the Canadian Military? Do you have a story you can share?
  • Are you an immigrant, or the child of immigrants, who came to Canada for a better life? Is there a moving story that might involve courage or sacrifice?
  • Share your favourite holiday stories from our precious summer long weekends, including Victoria Day and Canada Day, the Civic Holiday and Labour Day.
  • Share your story about Thanksgiving and other holidays, and how we do them in Canada.
  • Tell a great story that happened at the cottage - any time of the year!
  • Do you have a great story about camping or canoe tripping, or hiking in the Rockies, water skiing of snow skiing or skating? And we LOVE hockey stories!
  • Tell a story that comes to life in the region you live - from the west coast to the Maritimes, the prairies, the Rockies, our hundreds of lakes and rivers, the far north, and everything in between.
  • Did you travel the world with a Canadian Flag on your back pack?
  • Feel free to include our unique Canadian expressions eh, (use our unique Canadian spellings,) and don't forget how we obsess over the weather!

This book is scheduled for publication in May of 2017, right before Canada Day, but we need a steady flow of stories to create and edit the book, so the first deadline is March 31st 2016.   


**Please keep in mind - a heartfelt nostalgic remembering of your childhood summers at the cottage is not a Chicken Soup story, no matter how well written. We need a single dramatic story - told in the 1st person, that unfolds like a movie - to engage and inspire our readers. Try and keep it to 1200 words or less.  


For full writers guidelines, sample stories and how to submit your story, visit

FYI - If you have a great story, but are not sure of your writing - I can always help out. 
I wish you great success, and I look forward to seeing your stories! 


Love to you,

Janet Matthews

Co-author of

Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul &

Chicken Soup for the Soul O Canada

The Wonders of Winter &
Chicken Soup for the Soul,
Christmas in Canada 


PS: One more thing. Could you please pass this message along to your to your friends and family  and other writers  who may have a story? EVERY bit of help is really appreciated!        




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