A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple piece that touches our readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. These stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people.

Chicken Soup for the Soul stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories has heart, but also something extra—an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A good story causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination of these.

The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.

If we publish your story or poem, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in. You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family, you will receive our exclusive contributors’ communiqué and you will be entitled to buy cases of books from us at a discount.

Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul story

1. Tell an exciting, heartwarming or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Your story should be written in the first person and should be about yourself or someone close to you.
2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”
3. The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said.
4. Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart. Many people tell personal stories for the first time in our books, and they find it to be a cathartic and productive experience. We do let you use a pen name for your story if you do not want to use your real name.
5. Don’t try fancy moves with tenses. Writing in the present tense about something that happened in the past rarely works.
5. Keep your story to 1200 words or less. Tighten, tighten, tighten!
6. Your story must be true. No fiction, no creative writing.

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                                    SUBMISSIONS FOR 'CURIOUS

                                   THINGS' (NSW SHORT STORY COLLECTION)

The North State Writers (NSW) 2019 Collection of Short Stories will be published on Amazon Books and made available for purchase in the fall of 2019. The publication will include a collection of strange events, Halloween memoirs, scary humor, unexplained oddities, ghost sightings, curses, and/or other amazing tales. Submissions will be juried (selected) by professional reviewers. 

As a current member of the California Writers Club (CWC), you are invited to submit up to two short stories, poems, essays, and/or memoirs, both of which may be chosen for publication by professional reviewers.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (please know that submissions failing to meet these guidelines will not be considered)
Must be a current member of the California Writers Club.

  • All submissions must be received by May 31, 2019.  Submissions received or postmarked after this date will not be accepted.
  • Members may submit up to 2 published or unpublished works
  • Works may include (fiction or non-fiction) short stories, memoirs, essays, and/or poems
  • Please have each submission edited
  • Submit one cover page with member’s name, email, phone number, CWC branch, and story/poem title(s). 

Entries will be read and selected for the NSW Short Story Collection anonymously. Each entry will be assigned a number to preserve anonymity, so please do not put your name on the work itself.

Works that are proselytizing, libelous or gratuitous vulgarity or obscenity will not be considered.

Short story 750-3000 maximum words. Poetry 30 lines or fewer. Submit one or two submissions in the same email as separate attachments.
Submit attachments as 12pt Times Roman, single spacing, 5-space paragraph indent, R-L Justified, no page-breaks, Word doc or Docx format (please do NOT submit as a PDF attachment). Each entry must have a beginning, middle, and end (short stories and book excerpts must stand alone).

Email your cover sheet with your Submissions and Professional Introduction (below) attached 

Entry fee is $10 for each submission.  The $10 nonrefundable fee pays for copy costs and beta (proof) readers who will assess each entry for quality, content, and structure.

Entry Fees will be accepted via PayPal by clicking...                 or at the member’s monthly meeting, or by a check payable to North State Writers mailed to:
            North State Writers
            PO Box 6734
            Chico, CA  95927

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions will not be accepted for review or publishing consideration until after receipt of payment.


Each published author will be required to introduce themselves to readers in 150 words or less (Professional Introductions over 150 words will be returned). It is an opportunity to share relevant milestones and ‘who you are’ with your readers. Be sure to include your name and California Writers Club branch.

Not sure what to write? Here are a few suggestions….

  • Current and/or previous writing accomplishments/milestones
  • Education, work, or home environment pertinent to writing
  • Why you write
  • A message you wish to pass on to readers

You may include the URL link to your website or email address so your readers can contact you. Please do not submit the URL link to your published book(s) on Amazon.

The  Committee Chair will notify entrants regarding the status of their submissions prior to publication. For further information and/or questions please email: