Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chicken Soup for the Soul Call Out for Heavenly Stories

I’m not sure why items I hear or read of late are triggering memories of classic rock songs. Saturday night after “I just got back from Illinois,’ I kept singing songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Today, after reading a submission call out from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven, I’ve been humming the lyrics, “Well, I’ve never been to Heaven, but I’ve been to Oklahoma,” from the Three Dog Night Song, “I’ve Never Been to Spain.”

Who knows when I’ll stop humming lyrics from Three Dog Night songs?

The most recent Chicken Soup call-out is for “stories of signs from beyond--amazing connections and love that doesn’t die.” The call-out suggests writers avoid “as told to” stories or “stories about messages from heaven in the form of rainbows, birds, butterflies, and coins.”

Expected publication date is spring 2012. With a quick production schedule there’s a very short deadline--October 3, 2011.

If your message from heaven story is accepted, payment is $200 plus 10 copies of the anthology.

For complete deadlines, visit the www.chickensoup.com website.

If your story gets accepted, it will be time to “Celebrate, Celebrate!” and shout “Joy to the World!” (In case you're on the young side and don't recognize these references, they're Three Dog Night songs.)

15 comments:

  1. I simply love Three Dog Night! So, I guess I'm telling my age. I submitted a story the end of April to Chicken Soup. It was one of those about marriage, I can't remember when they were to notify people if their story was accepted, but I never heard anything, so I guess they never picked it. I'm not sure if I would have any experiences to fit this topic - I'll have to think a little. Thanks for the info.

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  2. Hi Janet,
    You are welcome.
    From what I've heard from other writers, sometimes it can take more than a year to hear back from CS after you've submitted a story. So hang in there.
    Oh, and the photos on your blog today are great! Seeing the pears makes me hungry.

    Donna

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  3. Hope you had great fun in Illinois. Thanks for the Chicken Soup notice.

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  4. Hey Donna! I love both CCR and 3 Dog Night! I'll hum AND sing along with you! :)

    Have you ever heard the meaning of 3 Dog Night? It was inspired by an Australian Aboriginal custom of sleeping with a dog for warmth on a cold night - a three dog night would be very cold, plus the band had 3 lead singers!

    Thanks for the Call Out!

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  5. Hi Donna - thanks for the CS reminder!

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  6. Hi Carol,
    Good luck if you submit!

    Hi Becky,
    Yep. I remember reading that about Three Dog Night. Good luck if you submit!

    Hi Lisa,
    You are welcome. Good luck if you submit!

    Hi Clarissa,
    You are welcome. Good luck!

    donna

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  7. I've been playing with an idea for this one. We'll see if it all works out!

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi MaDonna,
    You are welcome.

    Hi Pat,
    You should enter. And congrats on your acceptance to the Storm Country Anthology for Joplin.

    Donna

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  9. First of all, congratulations on your Pushcart Prize nomination, and also on your Storm Country Anthology acceptance.

    Tammy tipped me off on the "Messages From Heaven" yesterday, in a comment about my mysteriously-blooming lilac bush. Grandma passed away last September, and now those lilacs I started from a bush in her yard 12 years ago are blooming. In the 100-degree September heat.

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  10. Hi Val,
    Thanks. I just found out about Storm Country this afternoon.

    Your story about the lilac bush sounds like a perfect fit for the anthology.

    Donna

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  11. Back again to extend another congrats on your acceptance for the Storm Country anthology. You're on a roll!

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  12. Congrats to you, too, Pat. I recognized yours and several other names on the Storm Country blog. Sounds like it will be a great anthology.
    Donna

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  13. Wow, never heard that about 3 Dog Night, how interesting. Learn something new every day!

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