Chicken Soup seeks stories for preteens


(note from Wendy: I just got this email from the Chicken Soup folks. Please email your entries to THEM, not to me.)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Preteens
101 Stories of Inspiration and Support for Preteens

We’ve extended the deadline for our preteens book until October 31! And we need great stories. Act fast and you could be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s newest book for preteens, scheduled for publication in August 2011.

What was your experience like as a preteen? We want to know. We’re still collecting true stories and poems about your preteen years, written in the first person, of no more than 1,200 words. Stories should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major publications. These must be your personal stories – things that happened to you or someone you were close to.

Your stories or poems need to be true and about your personal experiences or those of someone close to you. We prefer stories written in the first person and no more than 1,200 words. This book will be published in English so please submit stories in English. Stories should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major publications.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

  • Dealing with tough stuff
  • Bullies
  • Doing the right thing
  • Teachers and coaches
  • Family and sibling stories
  • Parents’ divorce
  • Illness and death
  • Crushes
  • Best friends and changing best friends
  • Body image
  • Embarrassing moments
  • Mean girls
  • Making new friends
  • People you admire
  • Being kind to others
  • Church and faith
  • How someone helped you or you helped someone else

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.


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