Anthology - Call for Submissions

Chicken Soup for the Soul Calls for ‘My Crazy Family’ Stories – Pays $200/story

The editors of Chicken Soup for the Soul (CSS) have issued a call for submissions to review true, heartfelt stories for a forthcoming anthology referred to as, “My Crazy Family.”

Writers are invited to share their personal experiences about loveable family members who also drive them crazy. The editors want stories to be goofy, extravagant, humorous, and make readers laugh, but they should also reveal the compassion and generosity of the family member too. The stories should suggest to readers that their family members are alike in many ways to other families.

Here are some suggested topics:

  • Crazy but lovable
  • Wedding mishaps
  • Holiday meltdowns
  • Compulsions and obsessions
  • Funeral flare-ups
  • Estate issues
  • Vacationing together
  • Annoying habits
  • ETC.

Stories, written in first-person, can be funny, entertaining, serious or sincere; most importantly, stories must uplift and hearten readers to experience the contributor’s full range of emotions. Poetry that meets the same criteria is also welcome.

Word length: up to 1200 words. Poetry: open line count.

Payment: $200 per story or poem or $100 per devotional, plus 10 contributor’s copies. Authors retain the copyright to their stories.

Deadline: September 5, 2017. Full submission guidelines at

Founded in 1993, Chicken Soup for the Soul books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The series is published and distributed by Simon & Schuster, Inc. A typical CSS story is an inspiring, factual story about common people having astounding experiences, opening the hearts of readers and revitalizing their souls with purpose. Each story contains a special, unique element of emotion that makes readers become more confident, more interconnected, more appreciative, more spirited and more fitting about life as a whole.

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