In case you missed my first message, I'm excited to let you, as writers, know about this great opportunity to get published. It would be so great if you could forward this to your members, include it in your newsletter or blog, and/or post it on your website.
Do you have a great story?
If so, it could get published, and yes you would get paid.
If you've not already submitted a story, here are a few tips: We need true, dramatic heartwarming or inspirational stories, that celebrate our unique Canadian Spirit. The best stories are written in the first person, and might be based on traditional
Chicken Soup themes like:
It's vital to remember a Chicken Soup story is not an essay or an article telling about
what it was like in Canada when you were a child, or about how great Canada is, or why you love it. And sadly, we are unable to use an essay that tells about how your parents or grandparents managed to first came to Canada.
While those are both great topics, we do need a single, stand alone dramatic story - written in the 1st person, that unfolds like a movie - to engage and inspire our readers. It should have characters and perhaps even dialogue that draws your reader into the action, creates an emotional response near the end, and leaves them with a gift, and a message they can take into their own lives. Ideally, it will express one of those traditional themes listed above.
We seek stories that inspire and open the heart of the reader; make them laugh or cry, cause goose bumps or make them to gasp and say, "I`m so glad I read that story!"
Please visit www.candiansoul.com to read full writers guidelines and 3 Sample Stories
before you begin writing -and you'll be well on your way to writing a winning Chicken Soup story.
Here are a few suggestions of topics to get you thinking:
We're scheduled for release in May of 2017, right before Canada Day, but we need a steady flow of stories to create the book, so the deadline is May 31st 2016.
Please remember - an essay about Canada, or a heartfelt nostalgic remembering of your childhood summers at the cottage is not a Chicken Soup story, no matter how well written. We need that single dramatic story that touches the heart to engage and inspire our readers. Try and keep it to 1200 words or less.
I wish you great success, and I look forward to reading your stories!
Love to you,
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 friends and family and other writers who may have a story? EVERY bit of help is really appreciated!
Elma (Martens) Schemenauer http://elmams.wix.com/elma . CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS: 1940s-era novel about love, Mennonites, faith, & family. Set in Vancouver & rural Saskatchewan. Order from Chapters online http://tinyurl.com/ny8smwk or Borealis Press http://tinyurl.com/lfdo9pf . More info at http://elmams.wix.com/sflwrs . Book trailer https://youtu.be/sBRuhh1xX7Y .