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Freelance Writers Should Try Chicken Soup for the Soul

Updated on January 8, 2015

Even If You Are Not a Freelance Writer

By definition, freelance writers write for money, but there are many out there who do not consider themselves to be freelancers. For whatever reason, they cannot pull the trigger and declare to the world that they are a professional writer.

That’s fine! I’m going to assume that those writers are not against making some money, no matter what they call themselves. You can call me Johnson, or you can call me Johnny, or you can …….

Okay, maybe that old comedy bit is too obscure. The point is that I doubt there are many of you out there who would not want an extra two-hundred bucks, and that’s what this article is all about.

Two-hundred dollars!

Beats the heck out of the pennies you make on sites like HubPages, doesn’t it?

Welcome to Chicken Soup for the Soul, a wildly popular series of books that is comprised of articles written by writers like you.

Did I mention that they pay two-hundred dollars if they accept one of your articles?

No, not this chicken soup!
No, not this chicken soup! | Source

Guidelines for Submissions

The first thing you do is go to their website, and you can find that here. Then scroll down to “submit your story” and click.

Here’s what they are looking for:

  • An exciting, heartwarming or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know.
  • All stories must be written in first person.
  • Stories must have a “Wow Factor.” In other words, your story should bring people to tears or laughter.
  • Stories should grab the reader right out of the gate. No lengthy introductions. Concentrate on action from the get-go.
  • Speak from your heart.
  • Stories should be 1,200 words or less.
  • The story must be true.

And they also accept poetry! Here are the guidelines for poems:

  • They love poems that tell a story, and the more emotional that story is the better.
  • Do not focus on rhyming but rather, focus on the message.

Each Month New Categories Are Posted

New Chicken Soup books are being printed constantly, so the categories for future books change on a regular basis. Only submit a book under one of the desired categories. As of the writing of this article, the current categories are:

  • Dreams and Premonitions
  • Inspiration for Nurses
  • Living a Life of Purpose by Volunteering
  • Make Your Own Luck
  • Stories about the Christmas Season
  • Support for Therapists/Mental Health Professionals
  • Think Possible (the Little Engine that Could mentality)
  • Time to Thrive

Fill out the Form

There is an online form to use in downloading your story. It is so simple that this writer navigated it quite easily, so rest assured you will have no problem.

Once you fill out the form and download your story, a screen will appear telling you that your story has been accepted for review.

And if your story is accepted, you will be notified and you will receive payment one month after that book is published.

It is just that easy!

What are you waiting for? Sit down and enter a story now.
What are you waiting for? Sit down and enter a story now. | Source

Why You Should Do This

I can think of two main reasons why any writer should at least consider doing this.

Did I mention the two-hundred dollars?

Besides the money, though, there is the business of a byline. The byline, to a struggling freelance writer, is huge. Having an article appear in a well-known book series, with your byline, is beyond huge.

Other than that, submitting a story to this publication is great experience. This is a no-lose situation. Even if you don’t get chosen, you will have made the effort and maybe gotten over a bit of your “stage fright” with regards to submitting your work. This process doesn’t cost you a penny, and it takes maybe ten minutes tops to do if you already have an article written.

And that’s the other thing that HubPages writers should pay attention to. The word limit for Chicken Soup is basically the preferred article length of Hubs, so check some of your old Hubs and see if any fall under any of the categories mentioned earlier in this article. You just might have two-hundred dollars already sitting on your HubPages profile page.

Will you try this?

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That’s It, Folks

There is no need for me to babble on, so I’ll keep this short. I think this is a great opportunity, and I think most of you would benefit by going through the experience….but I can’t force you. Do it, don’t do it, makes no difference to this freelancer….but I hope you do.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      It's too ironic that this is your topic today. I have CSFTS guidelines up as we speak. I have a story I want to submit and and am checking to see which of the categories it fits.

      Great minds, huh?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great minds indeed, Sha! Good luck with that and thank you my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, seriously can I say thank you enough here. I had thought about that and had it put it to the side for a bit, but you definitely reminded me I need to do this still. So, thank you so much and have a wonderful weekend again!

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      Sparklea 2 years ago

      Love you mention CSFTS! I have submitted numerous stories. The competition is fierce. I emailed one of the contributors ...name is Michael T. Smith. Wonderful guy. He kept submitting to CS books and finally got in... But it took him ten years. BUT once he got in he has managed to get more stories printed. He got his foot in the door. He recently told me he submitted 15 stories to the Oh Canada edition and ONE made it to a final review. All this being said I own MANY Chicken Soup books and I keep trying. NOTE. Please tell your readers there are TWO chicken soup books encouraging writers: Chicken soup for the soul: inspiration for writers AND Chicken soup for the writers soul. Both on Amazon. Voted up useful and awesome. Thank you for mentioning one of the best series of books ever. We are about three hours away from arriving home from Myrtle Beach. I have recorded the whole trip in writing. God bless. Keep the quails warm. Sparklea PS google Michael T Smith. Wonderful guy

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you are very welcome. When one of us succeeds, we all do, and your success might inspire others, so go for it!!!

      Happy weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for that input, Lea, and I will look Smith up on your recommendation. Drive safely and come home soon. :) It's getting colder here and the fire is roaring in the woodstove. :)

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Thanks for the hot tip! I will print this and add it to my billy file of great ideas and inspiration! Up, useful and awesome!

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      Love this idea. I have something in mind. Perhaps I will try. I have trouble not taking advantage of all that I can. I started on my Ebook series. Thanks to you. Got on CreateSpace and I will figure out as I go along. Ebooks are great and Thank you for all your encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, breakfastpop. Who knows, you might make some extra Christmas money....or....some money to donate to your favorite politician. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Carol, I love that you are going to do that ebook series. Well done my friend. Nobody can ever say you were afraid to try something new. I am grinning right now my friend.

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      Charu Bhatnagar 2 years ago from India

      Invaluable advise I'd say. Thank You so much for publishing this Hub. You know I had visited their site once before. Every time I thought, "Oh I do not have any experience to share". Maybe I did not try to look deep within myself. Your Hub motivates me and inspires em to at least make efforts. Thank You so much; and yes I agree no one would mind making extra bucks! :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Charu, you are very welcome, and I do hope you give this a try. Someone has to be chosen, and it might as well by you.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Never heard of this but it's worth a go, isn't it? I'm going to try it, when I can rely on my internet not crashing out - worst case scenario is a week or two!

      I can't believe it's that easy - do they accept submissions from little old Blighty too, though? I would presume it's worldwide.

      Great information and another helpful handout from the master!

      Hope you and Bev have a great weekend, bill.

      Ann

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      bradmaster from orange county ca 2 years ago

      billybuc

      Those requirements for submitting a story to that publication certainly eliminated me as a writer, at least under those guidelines.

      If I felt, or experienced the essence of those kind of stories, I would write it down for my personal use.

      I do like the concept or ideas involved in the criteria for these submissions, I am too involved with reality. The old decision method of whether someone sees a cup of water, as half full or half empty doesn't change reality.

      Surely, some people will feel very optimistic about the gas in their car's fuel tank as the needle rests close the E. Some people think that E stands for Enough, while others see it as Exhausted. In any case, the realist goes to replenish the fuel, post haste, while the rest gamble.

      Unfortunately, I the realist have run out of fuel several times in my lifetime, while my optimistic wife has never had that experience.

      Ironic, or pathetic on my part, but true nevertheless.

      Thanks

      bradmasterOC.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      This is news to me, I never knew that you can submit articles for Chicken Soup for the Soul and they accept poetry too! Thank you for sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, these books are quite big in the U.S. I can't believe they haven't made it to the UK. Yes, I'm sure they would take submissions from across the pond. Give it a go!

      And have a marvelous weekend. The sun is out and we can now dry out for a few days.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, you reminded me, just now, of my childhood. My mother's name was Evelyn, and she ran out of gas one day, and my dad, livid over having to go pick her up and take her gas, said "That E doesn't stand for Evelyn." I had forgotten all about that until now...again, thanks for the laugh.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Vellur. I hope you give it a try.

      Thank you and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      This is so helpful Bill!! Thank you! (PS--I think I have a story for them!)

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      Tina Truelove 2 years ago

      I love Chicken Soup for the Soul! Thank you for this information. I might give this a shot someday.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      I had no idea this was available. Thank you so much for sharing. I do have a few things other than recipes--might just spend a bit of time this weekend dusting off an oldie and giving it a try. Have a good Friday my friend.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Send some of that sunshine over here please! We've got rain - lots of it so it's my turn to be jealous.

      Ok, I'll have a go and let you know what happens.

      :)) Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I'm thrilled that you like this, and I hope you submit that story of yours. You are an excellent writer and have as good a chance as anyone. Best wishes my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do, Tina. Thank you and good luck.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good luck Carb. Just make sure it's a true story and you are good to go. :) Happy weekend and thanks.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, we had one of our rainiest Octobers on record, so this five-day break was very much needed here. Our quail and chickens were packing their bags and looking for travel agents. :)

      bill

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      Bill just a question here...Did you use createspace or KDP? Or neither?

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      Genevieve Nicole 2 years ago from Providence, RI

      Meandering my way back to HubPages and this was the first article on my feed - I love reading Chicken Soup for the Soul...although I may not have anything that quite suits the current topics, it's great to have this info and reminder!! Thanks!! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you for this useful information! I may try this one, as it sounds interesting to me. I like writing short stories.

      Thanks for sharing this with us! Have a good day!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN, YOU HAVE COOKED MINERVA!!!

      WHAT NEXT? THE DOG??!! LEG OF POOCH ON THE GRILL?

      HE MAY BE AN OLD DOG, BUT HE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO GET THE HANG OF CRUTCHES!

      Now, if you have a cat, that is different. Kitty-a-la-king is quite good when served over rice or toast. A nice little cookbook to have on hand is Kitty-Cannibal Cookbook. There are some purrfectly delectable recipes: Kitty-Tar-Tar, Puss in Cous-cous, Clowder Chowder and some good old Cajun dishes, Tom-Cat Gumbo, and Feline Jambalaya.

      I know. I'm worthless!! He-he, What would you do without me?? :-))

      DJ.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for this tip! I haven't read one of those books in years! I used to, though! I will certainly try this!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I used CreateSpace. :)

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      :D Great image!

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for the suggestion. I'll probably try to find, or write, an article to submit. As you say, why not?! ;-)

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      Loralie Lyndon 2 years ago from USA

      I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books! My grandmother use to read them when she was alive and she was my inspiration for getting into them. I never knew you could submit your own stories to them. Thank you so much for the tip! I'm going to try this!

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      Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

      Hey Billy! It was great to read this, because this was my first submission to an actual publication. I submitted about a month ago, and have that on my list of markets to submit to regularly. They are such cool books, and I am sure a story published there, would be a very cool credit.:)

      Great article. This is such a great market for writers to know about.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      In another hub, I talked about getting involved with anthology books, the Chicken Soup series being an example. It's a great way to dip into the publishing arena and writers can benefit from the halo effect that being associated with a popular series offers.

      I didn't realize they were soliciting paid submissions. Thanks for the info! Happy Weekend!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill can we use a hub we've written on hubpages?, I think I have one. Great article again....

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      Can we leave our hub published on Hubpages or do we need to remove it? I have a Christmas one that I wrote years ago. Do you have a link for us to use? Thanks for the info.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome back Genevieve...keep checking with the website. They change categories on a regular basis...and thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan. I appreciate you being here. I thought you had written a story for my challenge, but it says it is no longer published. I hope it reappears soon.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, without you I would laugh much less, so stick around. I was in a village in Alaska for a year...don't joke up there about cooking the dog....because they will. :)

      Have a great weekend funny lady!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Social, you are a good writer and have as good a chance of being published as anyone else. Give it a try, and thank you for being here once again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I thought you'd like it, Ann. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, with your family history, I'll be you can come up with something for this site....good luck, and thank you.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy, now you are talking - two hundred dollars and chicken soup! You are such a generous man, always 'helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

      I am definitely going to take a look at this, thank you.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Missmarsh, thanks for following me, and good luck with your submission. I appreciate you being here and hope to see you again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharilee, good to see you here. I'm glad you submitted with them. Keep doing it on a regular basis...wear their resistance down. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, you mean I actually taught you something??? Mark this day on the calendar. LOL Yes indeedy, two-hundred bucks for a story the length of a hub...great deal if you ask me. :) Good luck!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, most definitely. I do it all the time. If you get published, just to be on the safe side, take the hub off of HP.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Great suggestion, Bill. I have a story that just might work. I will check it out!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I 'll do that. Thanks bunches.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara Kay, I think I put the link in the hub....if you can't find it, just go to the Chicken Soup website and click on submissions. And to be on the safe side, if you get published, I would take your hub off of HP....or have the best of both worlds and just slightly re-write your submission so it's slightly different.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks. I'll try that.

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      He's bright, kind, talented, and a walking encyclopedia too. You amaze me Kindred. How on earth do you find the time to write so much and research too. You make me feel real lazy. lol I have always enjoyed the "Chicken Soup" books and yes, I may give it a try. I'm adding one more item to the list of reasons I adore you. Hugs!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, Sally! Thank you for the kind words. I just assume that most writers here are willing to help each other. I know you would if asked. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Deb. I have no doubt it's a good one. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool, Rebecca...good luck and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, Barbara! Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, enough with the adoration. My hat size is too big already. LOL Thank you kind lady. Give this a try...who knows, right?

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi billybuc!

      I came back to tell you that my hub, in response to your challenge is very much published on 6th Nov. itself and is getting very positive comments from fellow hubbers.

      I would appreciate, if you could visit my profile page and check out the content there.

      I could have given the link here, but that does not seem proper. I would be pleased to hear your comments on my response to your challenge.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I did find it, ChitrangadaSharan, and it was wonderful. Thank you for taking part in the challenge.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      Our Gail (Happyboomernurse) is featured in the most recent CSFTS book.

      Her story is poignant: "The Boy I Loved and Lost". Both Kimmie (Sunnie Day) and I have done reviews of this amazing book on our websites.

      Wonderful of you to share this opportunity with Hubville. Love, Maria

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for kindly sharing this very useful information, Bill!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love Chicken Soup for the Soul! I did read last year in a hub of how easy it is to just post one's article and be paid if they choose your article under the correct topic. Plus, it is perfect for me, as they have just the perfect topics for my style of writing, non-fiction and heartrending.

      We should all check out Happyboomernurse's story!

      Have a great weekend!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks again for helping writers spread their wings and fly away.. informative and tempting.. you do look out for your fellow writers and bless you for that bro :)

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'd forgotten all about Chicken Soup for the Soul. I submitted a story to them years and years ago but I think I'll give them another try. Thanks so much!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, thanks for this little gem. I'd stay and chat, but I've got to go get some chicken soup for the soul. Seriously, this appears to be right up my street The money looks good and I like a challenge. I will definitely be taking a look. Have a smashing weekend, my best to you and Bev.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ya, sure Bill. What is the catch? Some things sound to good to be true.

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      Maria Antonia 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill, I joined HubPages four weeks ago, having just stepped off the corporate treadmill to go live my passion--writing! Thank you for sharing this information about CSFTS. I have a list of story titles and there are two on my list that fit the criteria. Thank you for helping me to find another venue for my writing. After publishing just 10 Hubs I was contacted by two website providers about writing for them, as soon as we work out the details I will have my first freelance writing job outside of the technology industry. When I first started out in IT I wrote for TechRepublic an Information Technology online publication. They paid $500 per article, http://www.techrepublic.com/ I say this to encourage those of you with a technology slant to consider submitting to TR also.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Here's what I think HubPages needs to do...HubPages should set up, as a default, every single hubber to follow billybuc. I'm dead serious.

      Since I'm making suggestions, they need to stop calling us hubbers. It's embarrassing.

      This is a fantastic suggestion. Bill, you absolutely do help writer to spread their wings and fly.

      I'm sharing this.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Side note: IRIS, I am not at all fond of the term, "Hubber" nor referring to our ARTICLES as "Hubs" either! I so agree with you.

      Bill.....Finally, at long last you have provided info I ACTUALLY already knew! Whew, I am not totally void of awareness. Looks like you have everyone all excited! CSFTS will be bombarded very soon.

      Be sure to read the wonderful article in CS written by "Gail" (Happyboomernurse) I'm always proud just to KNOW someone who receives public recognition.

      Must you make me PUSH my lazy butt?.....sigh. UP+++tweeted

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Loved the video with Jack Canfield. He is such an inspiration along with Mark V. Hansen. I'll never forget the time I saw MVH speak in Dallas. He was fantastic and energizing, much like your article here. You are an inspiration to help other writers achieve their potential. Thanks for the links and information here about Chicken Soup for the Soul and the submission process.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria! I will check out Gail's essay. I have no doubt it is as poignant as you say.

      Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Faith, and I agree that this is a perfect venue for your type of writing. I hope you give it a try.

      blessings on this beautiful weekend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank! Others looked out for me early on. I'm just repaying it my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, it is so easy to submit a story to them. I really think it is worth a try. Thanks and good luck.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do, Jo. You are a very good writer and I think, with persistence, you can have a story chosen. Smashing indeed, my friend, and I wish you the same.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Eric, right? But this time there is no catch. It's that easy...provided, of course, they choose your story. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, congratulations for following your passion. Bravo in fact. Best wishes to you my new friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iris, you crack me up, but thank you. The bilybuc default setting...you can't get rid of the guy no matter how badly you want to. LOL

      You can do this. You have the talent, and I hope you give it a try...and I, too, hate the word "Hubbers." :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, I don't believe for a second you have a lazy butt. :) I think you are selective in the things that you do. Doesn't that sound much better?

      I've got your back, Sis, and I'm always in your corner.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Peg, and you are very welcome. Thanks for the kind words. I love this community and I want everyone to succeed.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Bill looks like a fantastic idea. I have looked at their website and I have a few ideas. Finally somewhere that I can write that mentions the work of a therapist. I have trouble finding sites like that out there. They are great books and it would feel great to be a part of. Have a great weekend :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Bill,

      Great hub with helpful tips.

      I was thrilled when a story I submitted last fall titled, "The Boy I Loved and Lost," was accepted for publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength which was released on 10/28/14.

      I can't say enough good things about the professional way CSFS works with the writers whose stories are published and I encourage anyone who writes inspirational stories to submit to them.

      It's free, it's easy, it's fun and if your story doesn't get accepted there's not even a rejection notice!

      I would also caution writers to be sure to read all the submission guidelines.

      Hugs,

      Gail aka Happyboomernurse

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Gail, I just had to pop in here, as I am so thrilled about your heartrending story being published in Chicken Soup for the Soul. Yes, the no rejection letter is great too as you have pointed out. Oh, Bill, I remember now how I found out about publishing there was about 16 months ago by reading Karen Hellier's article here on HP on how to publish there (surprised it does not show up under related articles), and the pay is great if accepted as compared to other publications, as already stated here.

      We are so proud of you, Gail, and my dear friend, Lea (Sparklea) too, who also has many publications there as well!

      Blessings and Hugs to you dear Gail and Bill. I hope you both are enjoying a lovely weekend.

      Theresa

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      Vickiw 2 years ago

      Bill - This is an interesting opportunity for writers here, and great that you've written about it!

      I read and loved Gail's lovely story. It was a well deserved choice for this book, and what an accomplishment, when you realize the huge competition for a spot there!

      Congratulations Gail, just so thrilled for you, and I must get over and write a review for you!

      Hugs and love, vicki

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks Theresa, I appreciate your support and encouraging words.

      Your writing, and style of writing, is inspirational and I hope you submit to CSFS.

      I didn't realize Sparklea was also published in CSFS. I'll check out her HP Profile and see if she has the publications listed there.

      I'm also going to check out Karen Hellier's HP article. Thanks for the heads up.

      Hugs to You & Bill,

      Gail

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Theresa,

      So funny, I just scrolled down on my HP Feeder and the very next Hub is the one Karen Hellier wrote!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Gail, I will be sure to get over there too, as Vicki indicated, to write a review for you!

      Oh, yes, Bill, it is perfect for me, as they actually have one topic at various times ... you have to watch for the topics, as you may already know ... "Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul."

      Peace

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Dear Vicki,

      Thanks for all your support. I really appreciate it.

      Hugs,

      Gail

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      I'm so grateful to you, Bill. You always write such helpful & useful articles! These are the types of articles I enjoy writing, so I intend to look into CSFTS. I had no idea they accepted submissions. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Michelle, for stopping by. Check with them monthly as they change their preferred list often.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, I love your last statement...there are no rejection notices! LOL

      Thank you for sharing your experience with CSFS...the voice of experience always carries weight with me.

      Hugs my dear friend and faithful supporter

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Faith. There is nothing for me to add.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vicki! Gail is one of my favorite HP writers, and a quality human being.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Gail!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love this comment feed...I don't have to do anything. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And the feed continues....I'll have a lot of views thanks to you ladies....kidding...enjoy the back-and-forth share of information.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, you deserve it!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Country-Sunshine, that's fantastic. Best wishes to you, and thank you for your support.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This has been on my to-do list for a few years...I still haven't submitted an article. I was sure inspired by Maria's blog and so proud of Gail for her winning submission. Hopefully others will not give it a try...myself included.

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      Diana L Pierce 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Look at all the comments on this one. I'd say many of us penny earning hub writers may give this a try. Thanks, billybuc for sharing the information. I've read a number of CSFS books and love them..

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      This sounded plausible Billy, I might try it. I would have to write a new article, none of my current ones are worth deleting yet. It was very useful and interesting. I voted it up, shared and tweeted it.

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for this Bill, I have just submitted five items to Chicken Soup for the Soul. Thanks too, for all the help and support you give your fellow writers.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for writing this. I don't think I have anything at the moment but maybe their categories could trigger a long-forgotten memory that I could turn into a story. One never knows, do one?

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well-shared hub. Always a great thought from you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yourself included, Linda. I hope you do try it, and thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Diana, it would appear indeed that this is something many are considering. Great news for sure. Thank you for being among them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kevin, I'm glad you find this doable. Best wishes when you do try it, and thank you for being here on this Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's fantastic, John. Good luck with those five submissions. If they don't get accepted, send them more. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One never knows, Zulma, but I do know nothing will happen until we take some action. Happy Sunday my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, DDE!

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      I tried them once for their pet story genre but but it was snail mail back then. Will try again on the web. Thanks for info

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Bill. What a great idea. I'll check their web-site and see if I have anything that fits. Have a great week.

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      Dawn 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Thank you for this. I thought about submitting to Chicken Soup years ago. But I kept putting it off and one thing led to another. Thanks so much for the information and the nudge. Appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear you will try again, Sandra. Best wishes in your efforts, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Bill. I wish you a great week as well. Cold weather is headed our way, so we're bundled up and the fire is burning.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Dawn. Good luck, and thank you!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Thank you once again my friend for this great hub and I am certainly going to investigate.

      sorry the reply is a little shorter than usual but I have a little catching up to do today.

      Lots of love from Wales for you and Bev.

      Eddy.,

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Here's a project I can sink my teeth in! An actual place to start. As you've said, rejection's the name of the game but you can't even get rejected it you don't start! Thanks dear friend for this wonderful advice. I'll let you know if it works for me!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No need to apologize, Eddy. I know all about being behind. :) Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and blessings to you always.

      billy

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do, Mary. Best wishes on this project....and of course, thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Terrific topic, Bill. I'm sure many Hubbers will give it a go. Gotta start somewhere.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Flourish, and I know a lot of Hubbers who are good enough to get published by CS. You included!

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      And I thought CSFTS was a well-kept secret! I have submitted about 9 or 10 stories to them over the last 4 years and only one has been chosen for publication. It was one from the first year I submitted to them. Their guidelines have changed just a little bit in the last few years and it is so important to read them carefully. Your story must fit into one of the categories in the specs. They want almost perfection in writing as well as a long list of other requirements. It pays to read the stories already published to get a good idea the kind of voice they are looking for. I loved that you wrote about this! I think everyone has at least one story they can submit. So, go get that $200! Voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachael, thanks for sharing your experience, and for your tips. I do think this is doable and a great site for writers trying to spread their wings and fly.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for showing us this option, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always my pleasure, vkwok. Thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Remember this name before but have never thought of submitting. it is something well worth doing and even better if they do accept submissions from across the pond! I will have a look, thanks my friend. Good heads up re Hubpages and older/non happening posts here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, you are good enough to make this happen...especially now that you are riding that damn horse again. :)

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Just read Gail's article in the book and it was amazing!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed it was, Mary!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I've submitted in the past, but I haven't made the cut. I did, however, get two stories into Not Your Mother's Books. They look for content similar to Chicken Soup, but a little edgier. Look for Publisher's Syndicate. No money, but a chance to see your work in print and gain a writing credit, and 10 free books. (I sell mine.)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestion, Catherine. Thanks for the reference. I'll check it out.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Looks like a lot of people are willing to try this writing challenge. If I had the time, I would enjoy it also. I love those chickens of yours. They must have been nervous as you wrote this post!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...they have bigger problems right now, Dianna...we have a killer coon roaming our area.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      After drinking much chicken soup in battling a bad cold for a couple of weeks, I needed the kind of brew that is balm for the writer’s soul. This article is it! Thank you for this valuable resource. And you are quite right about that priceless by-line. Thank you, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I hope you are feeling better. Best wishes if you decide to do this. I know you are good enough to be in those books. Now we just need a little luck.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It truly is remarkable what opportunities are out there. It never ceases to amaze me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I wish I had the time to avail myself of all the opportunities. I would love to get a grant to write, but filling out all the forms to qualify is beyond what I'm capable of doing due to time restraints....so yes, it is amazing.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi again Bill. I haven't heard anything from Chicken Soup but I did submit some poetry to Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal for consideration for the Jane Lumley Prize. I received the most wonderfu email from them acknowledging receipt of my poetry. It begins like this:

      "Dear John,

      Thank you so much for submitting your work for The Jane Lumley Prize. We are truly humbled by the faith that you have placed in us, and we promise that your work will receive our best attention. We are so excited to go through it! " It's really encouraging for a publisher/journal to give you such polite correspondence that makes you feel they actually value your effort. I only have to wait a few days to find out if I was successful too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, that is a fantastic piece of correspondence. I would be ecstatic if I received that. Well done. Keep submitting, buddy. Good things will happen.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Our good friend Gail (who has her wonderful story published in CSFTS suggested I send them a Hub I did on our family's Thanksgiving Tradition. I submitted that story. I have not heard back, but it does take some time. I love reading the stories in that little book.

      If they do accept my story, would I need to unpublish it here?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, my understand is no. They only consider it a duplication if it is printed online. Good luck, and thank you!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi again Bill. Just giving you an update. I was unsuccessful in acceptance for the Jane Lumley Prize but they did send me a wonderful email extolling the quality of my poetry but saying how fierce the competition was this year and that I should keep resubmitting with them in future.

      However I did receive good news that one of my stories "Just a Humble Hero" was accepted and paid for "non-exclusive" publication in an journal anthology of poems and stories about veterans lives after war. All proceeds of sales are donated to veterans' causes and I receive a free copy of the journal. I am happy.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi again Bill. Just giving you an update. I was unsuccessful in acceptance for the Jane Lumley Prize but they did send me a wonderful email extolling the quality of my poetry but saying how fierce the competition was this year and that I should keep resubmitting with them in future.

      However I did receive good news that one of my stories "Just a Humble Hero" was accepted and paid for "non-exclusive" publication in an journal anthology of poems and stories about veterans lives after war. All proceeds of sales are donated to veterans' causes and I receive a free copy of the journal. I am happy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I think that is fantastic news, and congratulations my friend. That it benefits soldiers is icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing that uplifting news with us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and congratulations once again, John!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      Billy - not sure if I ever shared the info here, but I was published in Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul 2 (several years ago). The story is called Alter Boys, and it's about my two sons. I recently learned they republished it in another CSFS book (something about kids - church kids, or something). Apparently, they buy all rights - I wasn't informed of that before it was published.

      It was fun to have something printed there, though!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marcy, that's good to know. I wasn't aware that they could re-print. Thanks for sharing that and Happy New Year to you and yours.

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