A Guest Post by Tracy Crump
“Grandma, will you tell me a story about my daddy when he was a little boy?” my granddaughter often asks. She already understands what most of us know—there’s nothing like a good story.
True stories speak to us on an intimate level, passing on one person’s experiences to another. Many believe storytelling possesses a power superior to any other form of communication. One book series, in particular, has tapped into that power: Chicken Soup for the Soul®.
This summer, Chicken Soup celebrates its 25th anniversary. Their first book (probably intended to be their only book) came out in June 1993. Within a few months, sales skyrocketed. They’ve since produced more than 250 titles and sold an astounding 500 million books worldwide. According to a Harris poll, 88 percent of the public recognizes the Chicken Soup for the Soul trademark. No wonder they’ve been called a publishing phenomenon!
Chicken Soup receives thousands of submissions but publishes only 101 stories and poems in each book. While competition for a spot is fierce, writers can increase their chances by following a few simple guidelines and keeping Chicken Soup’s main tenet in mind: it’s all about story.
Join me at the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference on March 17, 2018, to learn what this longstanding series is looking for and how you can stir up a winning Chicken Soup for the Soul story.
Tracy Crump has published two dozen stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul and other anthologies as well as numerous articles and devotionals. As co-director of Write Life Workshops, she has led workshops and webinars on writing for Chicken Soup since 2008. She also edits The Write Life, a free e-newsletter with callouts. She lives with her husband in north Mississippi, has two sons and two perfect grandchildren, and believes Grandma is the most beautiful word in the English language.
Stirring the Pot: Writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul
Since Chicken Soup for the Soul receives thousands of submissions and only publishes 101 in each book, how can you increase the chances they’ll choose your story? Come learn what Chicken Soup wants, what they don’t want, and how you can stir up a winning Chicken Soup story.