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Life Lessons from the Cat

Our cat titles are so very popular, and you have so many great stories to share with us, that we do a new cat title every eighteen months or so. Here is another chance for you to share a story or two about that member of your family who just happens to walk on four feet!

We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1,200 words. Tell us what your cat taught you. How he made you smile. How she "rescued" you after you "rescued" her. How she brought your family closer together, helped you find love, inspired you to change something in your human life. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. We can’t wait to read all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories you have about your cats and what you learned from them!

***Please note: If you submitted a story or poem for a previous cat book and we DID NOT publish it, here is your chance to submit it to us again to consider for this new book. If you submitted a story and we DID publish it in a previous cat book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.

Here are some suggested topics:

• Who rescued who?
• Who trained who?
• Do you sometimes think your cat is human?
• Insights from your cat
• Empathy from your cat
• Compassion from your cat
• How my cat picked me
• My cat can almost talk
• My therapy cat
• My cat makes me laugh
• My cat understands
• How my cat changed my family
• How my cat changed my life
• My cat’s interaction with other animals
• From kittens to senior cats, milestones, end of life
• Your work at a shelter or rescue organization
• Children and cats
• Your cat and holidays
• Your cat overcoming hardship, getting lost and coming home, being injured and recovering

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is NOVEMBER 30, 2018.

Life Lessons from the Dog

Our dog titles are so very popular, and you have so many great stories to share with us, that we do a new dog title every eighteen months or so. Here is another chance for you to share a story or two about that member of your family who just happens to walk on four feet!

We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1200 words. Tell us what your dog taught you. How he made you smile. How she "rescued" you after you "rescued" her. How she brought your family closer together, helped you find love, inspired you to change something in your human life. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. We can’t wait to read all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories you have about your dogs and what you learned from them!

***Please note: If you submitted at story or poem for a previous dog book and we DID NOT publish it, here is your chance to submit it to us again. If you submitted a story and we DID publish it in a previous dog book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.

Here are some suggested topics:

• Who rescued who?
• Who trained who?
• Do you sometimes think your dog is human?
• Insights from your dog
• Empathy from your dog
• Compassion from your dog
• How my dog picked me
• My dog can almost talk
• My therapy dog
• My dog makes me laugh
• My dog understands
• How my dog changed my family
• How my dog changed my life
• My dog’s interaction with other animals
• From puppies to senior dogs, milestones, end of life
• Your work at a shelter or rescue organization
• Children and dogs
• Your dog and holidays
• Your dog overcoming hardship, getting lost and coming home, being injured and recovering

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is OCTOBER 31, 2018.

Running for Good

We are excited to once again be teaming up with Dean Karnazes, the Ultramarathoner, on another special and exciting book about running. It is well known that running conditions the body, but it is also great for conditioning the mind, the soul, and the spirit. The title of this new book on running has two meanings: running is good for your health and you can run to do good for someone else by running to raise awareness of an issue or to raise funds for a cause.

We are looking for true stories or poems of 1,200 words or less, about all aspects of running and stories about running to raise awareness of and funds for a cause. Stories can be funny and quirky, or they can be serious and heartwarming.

Here are some topics but we know you can think of many more:

• Getting started
• Keeping to it
• Running with friends or family
• How running has changed your life
• What you do while you're running -- thinking, listening, seeing
• Training
• Challenges and injuries
• Running when you travel for pleasure or business
• Running in exotic locations
• Races
• Triathlons
• Ultramarathons
• Body image, self-confidence
• Running changed my life
• The camaraderie
• Running for a cause and to help people
• Were you cured of something by running?
• Running miracles, amazing coincidences, stories that will give us chills
• Reaching your goals
• Running therapy
• Running with your dog or other pets
• Coming back from failure, addiction, health challenges, mental illness
• Running adventures
• Family bonding
• Stories about races, marathons, other runners
• Stories about someone who inspired you
• Meeting that famous runner!

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is DECEMBER 15, 2018.

Stories about Angels

***NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE DATE - DECEMBER 31, 2018!!***

Are angels always around us? Sometimes mysterious good things happen to us, things that we cannot explain. They cause wonder and astonishment. How do these miraculous events occur? Who or what made them happen? Was it an amazing coincidence, a kind stranger who came and went so quickly that we’re startled, the answer to a prayer? Are these kind people celestial or otherworldly? Are there angels at work? Whatever the explanation, these events seem to be evidence of a higher power at work and they give us hope for a better future. They give us peace and comfort and the belief that our problems can be resolved.

We are looking for true personal stories about how an angel has touched your life – stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. Amazing stories that will make people say “wow” or give our readers chills. Have you experienced something otherworldly or celestial? Or had a personal experience with an angel or divine being? How did your angel manifest himself or herself to you? How did your angel protect or guide you? Do you have a guardian angel?

This call-out is for everyone who has a story, whether they are religious or non-religious. We are looking for stories from writers of all faiths, including writers who do not follow a particular religion. This book is by and for everyone.

Please note that we are not looking for stories about people who are “angels” because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies about a loved one who has died and is now an “angel.”

Here are some possible topics to help you remember your own great angel story:

• Angel visitations
• Divine protection
• Guardian angels
• Messages from an angel
• Prayers answered by an angel
• Receiving support from angels or spirits
• Angel or divine intervention
• Receiving guidance or lessons from angels
• Interactions with angels
• Receiving news or warnings from angels
• Mysterious helpers
• Unexplained healing
• Money appearing just when it’s needed
• Rescue from accidents or disasters
• Being saved from death
• Voices that spoke to you and helped you
• Divine appointment
• Love that doesn’t die
• Answered prayers
• Dreams and premonitions that involved angels
• Mysterious visitors
• Restoring faith because of an angel

If you submitted a story for a previous book title and we DID NOT publish it, please do submit it again if you think it will fit in this title. If we have already published your story in a previous book, do not submit it for this title. We will not publish it again.

The DEADLINE DATE for story and poem submissions is DECEMBER 31, 2018.

Stories about Miracles

*** NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE DATE - DECEMBER 31, 2018!!***

Miracles do happen each and every day. Everyone has experienced events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment and give them hope for a better future. Why did these things happen? Is there an explanation? Or did these things seem to happen for no reason at all?

We are looking for true stories of no more than 1,200 words for this multi-faith book that will awe you with examples of amazing events and unexplained happenings. Share your inspirational stories with us to remind us that each day holds hope and to never give up. A miracle can happen at any time.

Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:

• Everyday miracles
• Dreams and premonitions
• Miraculous healings or recoveries
• Visions and revelations
• When something, against all odds, worked out
• Unexplained happenings
• Amazing coincidences
• Near misses and astonishing luck
• Stories that make you say, “you’re not going to believe what just happened…”
• Stories that have people exclaiming “really?!!!” when they finish reading them

If you submitted a story for a previous book title and we DID NOT publish it, please submit it again if you think it will fit in this title. If we have already published your story in a previous Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it to us again. We do not republish stories that we have already published.

The NEW DEADLINE DATE for story and poem submissions is DECEMBER 31, 2018.

The Golden Years or Second Wind

So, you’re a certain age now, and you’re ready for what’s next. You might be enjoying an empty nest, or starting a second career, or winding down a first one. You might be downsizing, or traveling, or caring for elderly parents.

You might be going on the adventure of a lifetime or taking long walks in the woods. The one thing you know for sure is that you’re not ready to stop living! You feel energetic and young and there is still so much more to see and do and give and enjoy.

We are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60. Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:

• Time for a new career
• Trying new things
• Bucket lists and adventure
• Volunteering and mentoring
• Exercising and sports
• Sports cars!
• New love interests
• Internet dating
• The wisdom of age
• New passions
• Raising grandchildren… or still raising grown children!
• Moving to a new place
• Moving to an active retirement community
• Taking the time to do what you’ve always wanted to do
• Handling loss and illness
• Caring for elderly parents
• Using new technology
• Reinventing yourself, in big ways and small
• Handling a spouse’s retirement or new career
• Travel
• Downsizing and moving
• Divorce and recovery

The deadline date for story submissions is DECEMBER 30, 2018.

Thank you!