I am issuing a challenge to myself and to you. In my many attempts at publication when I started really writing three years ago, I submitted an essay to Chicken Soup for the Soul for one of their many books. It didn’t get accepted, but I tried again. I was notified that my essay “The Light-Saber Vs. the Dandelions” had made the final rounds for the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers book. In October 2010 the book was released.
Now, here’s your challenge:
Have you ever wanted to see something you’ve written published? Have you never written anything to share before but know that you have something important to say? Then, submit an essay for an upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul book.
There are no guarantees. I have been rejected (which means you hear nothing as they get so many submissions); I have been told I made the final rounds (for the Pre-Teen book) and then had my story replaced by someone else’s better story (ouch); and I have had a story published. But the experience each time was gratifying. Just as an athlete must stretch out and use her muscles to stay strong, so must a writer stretch her writing muscles. Each time I write I get better. I learn. I grow. So, give it a try. You never know. The people at CSFTS are delightful to work for. You get a small stipend. And the experience of seeing your name in print is amazing! So, as Nike would say, Just do it!
Go to the link below.
Possible upcoming book topics as of February 2012 are “Independent Women,” “New Friends,” “Parenthood,” and “The Power of Positive.” Story guidelines and an online submission tool make the logistics simple. Now all you have to do is write! And even if your story doesn’t get accepted, there are many other wonderful writing journals looking for essays. You just never know. Good luck, and get writing.