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Posted: Monday, September 2, 2019 12:17:46 PM

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Submitted for your consideration, eight themes in need of submissions at, Chicken Soup for the Soul.

They want inspirational, true stories and poems about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. The anecdotes should be told in the first person, and have a beginning, middle, and end. They have several upcoming themes:
– Laughter Is the Best Medicine (changed from: I Can’t Stop Laughing!):Their guidelines say, “We are looking for stories about something that happened to you in your life – in your relationship with a partner or spouse, a parent or child, a family member or friend, at work or at home – that made you and the people around you laugh out loud.” Some suggested topics are: obsessions, annoying habits, embarrassing moments, and family foibles. The deadline is 30 September 2019 (extended).
– The Golden Years or Second Wind: They want humorous or serious stories of life after 60. Some of the suggested topics are: time for a new career, trying new things, bucket lists and adventure, the wisdom of age, new passions, and raising grandchildren… or still raising grown children! The deadline for this is 30 September 2019 (extended).
– You Go, Girl: They want work about today’s woman, who is is independent, self-confident and feisty but at the same time, nurturing, loving and caring. They want true stories on how you are running your life, how you became empowered and achieved independence. Some suggested topics are: sexual harassment and how you fought back, self-esteem – understanding that you are terrific and can do anything, being brave enough to take educated risks, equality in the workplace, in promotions, job responsibilities and pay, girls and women in sports – at school, college, professionally, Olympics; and balancing marriage, kids and your own independence. The deadline is 15 December 2019.
– Stories About Self-care and Me Time: They want stories about self-care, which is not just about physical health but includes your emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. They want stories about how you neglected your self-care and then how you realized its importance and so you now engage in it. The deadline is 31 December 2019.
– The Magic of Cats: They want stories about the magic of your cat or the magic of a cat you know. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. The deadline is 15 January 2020.
– The Magic of Dogs: They want work about all the heartwarming, inspirational, and magical stories you have about a dog and the magic that dog brings to your life or the life of your family. The deadline is 15 January 2020.
– Stories about Christmas: They are collecting stories for their Holiday 2020 book and are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities. Stories should be “Santa safe”. Some suggested topics are: holiday traditions, holiday humor, memories of the holiday season, and the love of family. The deadline is 30 January 2020.
– Listen to Your Dreams: Their guidelines say, “When we are asleep, we dream. Are dreams a connection to the unconscious mind? Are they omens of things to come—both good and bad? Dreams are often the way we tap into our own inner wisdom. … We want to know about your dreams. What have you learned from your dreams? …Did any of your dreams come true? Did a dream strengthen your faith or help you change the direction your life was headed in?” Some suggested topics are: dreams about finding love, dreams that saved you or a loved one from danger/death, dreams that changed the direction of your life, dream journaling and how to use your dreams more effectively, and learning to trust your inner guidance. The deadline is 28 February 2020.
Deadlines: Various
Length: Up to 1,200 words
Pay: $200

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