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Submit Your Story

Share your inspirational stories with our readers! Most of the stories which have been published in the best-selling "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series were submitted by readers like you.

Please read the sections on "Guidelines for Submission" and "What a Chicken Soup story IS and ISN'T", and also please read the Sample Story before sending in your story.

The best way to submit your story is by E-Mail to:
You may E-Mail it in the body of the message itself, or send it along as an attachment, preferably in MS Word format.


If sending in a previously published magazine article or newspaper story, please be sure to include the author, title and source of the publication.

When we receive your submissions, we will e-mail (or mail) you an acknowledgement notice of receipt of your story. All submissions will go through a long selection process. If your submission is chosen for inclusion in the proposed sequel book to Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul, or any of our other projects, you will be notified by mail and your permission to reprint it will be requested. Please be patient as this is a time consuming process.

Thank you for joining us in stirring the pride and honoring the courage of millions of veterans everywhere.

  Guidelines for Submission

Stories must be true.
Stories can be up to 1200 words.
Stories should leave the reader with uplifted feelings such as:

  • Oh wow!
  • Expanded heart
  • Heartfelt tears
  • Chills up the spine
  • Lump in the throat
  • More exalted reason for being alive

You will receive full credit for your contribution and a short biography with how to contact you will be listed in the back of the book.

Please feel free to submit more than one story, whether original or one of your personal favorites collected over the years from magazines, newspapers, or other sources.

We pay a minimum of $300 per original story for one-time rights, and $50 to the first contributor of a previously published item. We will contribute a percentage of all book profits to associations benefiting veterans.

  What a Chicken Soup story IS
   and ISN'T

A Chicken Soup story is

It is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things - a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit.

A Chicken Soup story is a simple, inter-denominational, living art piece that touches the soul of the readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. Chicken Soup stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created using the five senses. In some stories, the reader feels that he or she is actually "there" in the scene with the people involved. Chicken Soup stories have heart... but also something extra... that element that makes us feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate, and better about life in general. Chicken Soup stories often end with a punch... creating emotion rather than talking about it.

What a Chicken Soup story isn't

It isn't a memoir, a sermon, a eulogy, or a reminiscence. It isn't "My Grandma Just died, I Want to Tell You What a Wonderful Person She Was " (Those who knew your Grandma know that she was a wonderful person, but we're looking for universal principles... something everyone can relate to.) The same applies to tributes and sweet reminiscences. A Chicken Soup story is not a term paper, classroom assignment, thesis, letter or journal entry. It isn't about politics or ultra-controversial issues.

If you have any questions or doubts about your story, send it in anyway and we'll be the judge!

We appreciate your interest in our project, and we look forward to reading your story.

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