If you’re an ordinary person who’s had an extraordinary experience, write it up and consider submitting it to Chicken Soup for the Soul. It’s a paying market, and if your story is selected you also receive ten free copies of the book in which your story or poem appears.
From the guidelines:
Stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle, and end–and create emotion rather than simply talking about it. …A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps, or any combination of these.
Here are some potential book topics for which the publisher is seeking stories:
- Dreams and synchronicities (DL March 31, 2016)
- The joy of Christmas (DL April 30, 2016)
- Blended families (DL June 30, 2016)