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Get Your Story Published in Chicken Soup for The Soul

Updated on July 8, 2017


Have you ever read a story in one of the Chicken Soup for the ________'s Soul books and thought that you could write a story that was just as good? Have you ever read a story in one of those books that reminded you of a similar touching experience that you have had? In researching publications to send a manuscript to in order to get published, I came across some interesting information in Writer's Market. I actually stumbled upon it as I was searching through 440 pages in the Consumer Magazine's section of the Writer's Digest. Really, that section is 440 pages long. I did the Math! Come to think of it, I have no idea why it was listed in that category, but it was, and I am glad I found it. The information listed told me that those books are 95% freelance written, they buy 1,000 manuscripts each year, and they actually pay the writer of accepted stories $200 each!!! Well now, this was exciting.This was much better than some of the magazines that say they only accept four to six manuscripts per year and pay only if funds allow. Or the ones that say they buy one to two manuscripts per year and they pay contributors in three copies of their magazine. Whoa yeah, $200 seems a lot better than that. I jotted down some information such as what categories they accept, and how many words each piece had to be. Then I jumped on my computer to head over to the website.

Once on the website, I became even more excited as I read the submission rules and saw that not only do they pay accepted contributors financially, they also provide them each with ten free copies of the book their story is published in. Oh my, this was too good to be true. That's enough for Mom and Dad, each of my three kids, my best friend ( or 2 depending on if they want one or not) and of course I would have to save one for me. I would need that for future proof that I actually did get published somewhere as a start to fulfilling this dream of mine of becoming a published writer. Someone recently told me that being published on HubPages doesn't count as getting something published. I think he meant because there's no money involved and since he is a published author, he must have more authority on this than I do!

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The website gives potential contributors all the information they need to know. There are guidelines for submissions, story specifications, and a description of the process of submitting material, which by the way can only be done online through their website,

There is also a section on possible upcoming book topics that range from multitasking mom's, to dating, rebooting your life, overcoming challenges, Canada in winter, guardian angels, and miracles to stories about your cat or dog. If you are anything like me, you are ready to run right over to the website to learn more. But beware, the deadline for some of the ten topics are coming up soon, and I don't want you to miss out. And I don't want to miss out either so I am heading over to the website now...hey, wait a minute...if you're an aspiring writer, what are you still doing on this page? Why haven't you already gotten on the Chicken Soup For The Soul Website? Go my friend,... go. And with luck and a prayer, we will be seeing some HubPages writer's stories in the next Chicken Soup For the Soul book.


Maybe I can get a story about my wonderful dog Reeses in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book? She's a cutie we adopted from the Humane Society.
Maybe I can get a story about my wonderful dog Reeses in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book? She's a cutie we adopted from the Humane Society. | Source

This video embodies what Chicken Soup for the Soul books are all about. Jack Canfield, one of the founding coauthors of the Chicken Soup For the Soul series, tells a very special story, and gives an example of how we can use this story in our own lives.

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      pinkydoo 2 years ago from New York

      I got my cat story published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book (The Cat Did What?)....I had absolutely no problems dealing with them - they were great. I did have to wait awhile to get the story submitted, and then wait quite a while more to get the payment. But in the meanwhile, they sent me a whole bunch (I forget how many - maybe 15?) books with my story in it - made great Christmas presents! I definitely recommend submitting a story to these folks - just check out their website to see what kind of essays they are interested in right now (I think dreams and premonitions, Think Possible, etc...)

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      Angela Joseph 2 years ago from Florida

      Karen,

      I am happy to announce that since you published this hub I submitted and have had a story published in Chicken Soup: Rebooting your life which was just released in September and is now in bookstores. I am so excited. A Chicken Soup publication is a good thing to have on one's resume. Your advice paid off. I encourage everyone here to give it a try.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      That is great, Kristina! It is important that one concentrate on the exact topic under which to submit your article. There was one topic about funny things my dog does, and I submitted an article, but I realized once I submitted it, although it was about my three-legged dog, my article did not truly focus on "funny" things he did.

      Blessings to all

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Karen - I have read some of the stories and love that book. However, I have a writer friend who submits stories everywhere, and she is good. She once told me it is difficult to be selected to publish a story. But, hey, don't let that dissuade you. I might even try it myself. Your enthusiasm is catching. Thanks for sharing, as I did not know much about the rules for publication and payment. Pinning. Blessings, Audrey

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      Karen Hellier 2 years ago from Georgia

      KristinaMPitts

      Wow that's great. Was it hard to do?

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      KristinaMPitts 2 years ago

      I've been published in true story.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Victoria Lynn,

      No I haven't sent anything in but am planning to. It is pretty cool. I didn't know that anyone could send in their stories. Let me know if you get anything published! :0)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Karen--Faith Reaper told me about this hub. I think I'll check it out. Have you had stuff published there yet. So cool!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      tillsotan,

      Thanks so much. That was sweet of you to say. I was wondering myself how many HP writers will send in stories after reading this. I hope anyone that gets their story publishes lets me know they read about it here. I would love to know that.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      After reading this great hub, nicely written, I have a feeling Chicken Soup for the Soul is going to be overwhelmed with contributions from HP writers!

      Not only did you share a great resource but you did it with great style my friend!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Diana Lee,

      Thanks. I think the best ones inspires tears as well!

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I wish you well with that. Chicken soup stories are fun to read and inspire much creative thinking.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Ceres Schwarz,

      I didn't know this either until I was reading Writer's Market. That's such a great book for writers.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      hawaiianodysseus,

      Hmm, I don't know about Jack Canfield's story. Perhaps since you do you should write a hub about it and share the information with the rest of us here on HubPages? Ha ha ha...always trying to help!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Viva Jones,

      And the same good luck with a story getting published right back at ya!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Jackie,

      I hope you do and that it works out for you.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      I hope youa re able to send in a story that gets publised. And thanks for the comment on Reeses. She is beautiful on the inside and out...very sweet personality.

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      Marlin 55 4 years ago from USA

      Again, best of luck and please keep us posted. I'm sure that you'll do very well.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      sherrituck,

      Good. I hope you decide to send in a story that gets published.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Marlin55,

      Thanks for your wish of good luck. I think I will need it ebcause there's a lot of competition over there, and I think the best stories are the ones that bring tears to the eyes. Now I just have to figure out which stories I have in my head that will do that for each topic!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      quildon,

      You're most welcome and I hope you a story published!

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      Angela Joseph 4 years ago from Florida

      Karen, I have been planning to check out Chicken Soup for the longest while and just kept putting it off. Thanks for reminding me. I'm heading over there now and sharing this.

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      Marlin 55 4 years ago from USA

      It sounds great. Good luck!

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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      Very useful information. I, too, will be sure to look into this site!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing. I'm definitely looking into this. Reeses is beautiful. Passing this on.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have a lot rotten already so thank you, I will check this out! ^

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      Viva Jones 4 years ago from UK

      Thank you for sharing this, I'm now brimming with ideas! And good luck in getting your story published - let us know when that happens!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      It would be great to write for this outfit. Jack Canfield must be a multi-billionaire by now, and the fact that his project took off after he sold a bunch of things at a cheap price is so inspirational. Anyway, an awesome origin story, and a tremendous topic to write about. Thanks for sharing, Karen.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      Interesting hub. I also didn't know that the stories from chicken soup for the soul were written by freelance writers. It's good to know that people can submit their stories for publication and they even have the chance to get paid if their stories are accepted.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Faith!

      Good luck with getting your stories published. In re-reading some of the stories in those books recently, I think the ability to make the reader cry helps!!! Thanks for the vote and the share.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Pamela99,

      You are welcome and thanks for stopping by and your positive votes.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I had no ideas that these stories came from freelance writers either. Thank for the very useful information. I love this series of books and have read several of them.

      Voted up awesome and useful!

      God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, this is something that I would love and I have a lot of stories to write about that I believe "Chicken Soup for the Soul" would publish! I am so excited. Going to check them out now. Thanks so much for sharing.

      Vote dup +++ and sharing too

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Rose,

      Thanks...and you're welcome. I couldn't keep the good news to myself!!!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Becky,

      Great, I hope you or someone you knows gets a story accepted!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      pstraubie48,

      That's why I love Writer's digest. It's so full of interesting information for writers. Good luck to you if you submit something.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Yes, quite exciting isn't it? I hope one of our HubPages friends get accepted. Maybe you? Good luck if you submit as well!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      DreamerMeg,

      Thanks for your kind comment. I hadn't known either.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      B.A. Williams,

      Thanks for dropping by. I got so excited I just had to share the info with everyone here on HubPages. It would be great if someone got accepted after reading about it here.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Careermommy,

      Yes...sigh...the life of a writer. But now thanks to Hubpages you have had a lot more practice so I say go for it!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      We got Reeses at the Humane Society so no one really knows what breed she is. The vet has guessed that she is part terrier and part Austrailian cattle dog and after reading up on both breeds, I see characteristics of both breeds in her. She is the smartest dog I have ever had, that's for sure. She's been a great nurse to me the past week.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Great luck and prayers to you in this.

      Reeses looks ready to give you a helping hand. What breed is she?

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Karen. Very nice article. I met Jack Canfield years ago and he was such a nice guy. He even turned me on to his agent at the time. This is great info. I've submitted to this Publication before, but got rejected. Oh well. The life of a writer, right? Now that my writing has improved i think I'll try again!

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      B. A. Williams 4 years ago from USA

      Great hub its nice that you shared that information with everyone. I get notices from a writing group I belong to but haven't sent anything in yet. Great job, and thanks.

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      DreamerMeg 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Great hub. I have read CSFTS, but didn't know about the follow ups.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is very interesting! I have read some of those books before, and they are so heartwarming. It is encouraging to think that anyone with a story could have a shot at being in the book, and be paid a fair $200. Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a good night! If you submit a piece to them, good luck!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is very interesting. I had no idea that CS was written by freelance writers. I will check it out. It certainly sounds promising.

      Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps :)

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Interesting, I am sharing this with my friends.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Wow, that's amazing Karen! Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose