Monday, June 6, 2011

Christmas in June? Call for Submissions

Just thinking that Christmas is coming reminds me of a childhood carol we sang in school:

"Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat,

won't you please put a penny in the old man's hat.

If you haven't got a penny, a six pence will do.

If you haven't got a penny, God Bless you!"

Christmas in June, really?

You're probably wondering: what is she, nuts, with all the hot weather we're having, thinking about Christmas? How about a hot deadline for a true Christmas story?

Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for NEW Christmas stories for their newest Christmas book. They want anything, from inspirational and joyous, to heartwarming and humorous. They also want to hear about special Christmas memories and traditions. Please make sure that the stories you are submitting to this book are NEW stories that the editors have not read before. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2011.

Last year I submitted an essay on the night of the deadline that appeared in two of their Christmas books (The Gift of Christmas (cover on left) and Christmas Tales), which were limited edition titles available only at WalMart and Barnes and Noble.

So, don't think it can't happen, but you can't get your true Christmas story published if you don't submit. Here are the general guidelines, and if you get in the book, please share the good news with us!


  1. I sent my submission last week---waaay ahead of schedule (for me).

    But, perhaps I have another Christmas story in me? Two submissions double my chances, right?

  2. Hi Sioux,
    That's great! Double your chances. I know someone who had three stories in one book!

  3. What if you submitted a story for Christmas before and never heard anything (that was two years ago), should I resubmit? It says on their site not to resubmit, but I was thinking that was in the same submission period. What do you think? I should probably let some of you CSS Queens look over my story and see what I'm doing wrong.

  4. Donna--I ain't no Linda O'Connell. Give me a break.

    By the way, I love the new photo. Tres chic!

  5. Hi Lynn,
    Good question. The guidelines state to submit only new stories. I bow to others who are real CSS Queens. I've only had the one essay in two books. I don't even qualify as a princess.

  6. Hi Sioux,
    Thanks. I dug the phoot out from an old one and cropped it.

  7. Thanks for the heads up! I was published in Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul II a few years ago. It was a great experience. So now...hmmm...what Christmas memories do I have that are worthy of them? Great blog, by the way! Glad I found it!

  8. Hi Karen,
    Congratulations on your Chicken Soup publication. I so admire nurses. They are unsung heroes.

    Thanks for your kind words about my blog.



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