CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL is making another book about volunteering! Whether you are a first time volunteer or you have been volunteering for years; whether you are a hands-on volunteer or you work or donate to a charitable organization, you can make a positive impact in this world. A single individual can make a significant difference in the lives of others and in the community as a whole. How has your life been changed by volunteering? What have you done with your life that makes you feel good and has also made this world a better place? We are looking for true stories about how you found purpose, passion and joy in your life by doing for others. And by volunteering, we mean an unpaid position.
Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:
• Paying it forward
• Making a difference
• Random acts of kindness
• Unsung heroes
• Being a role model
• Acts of compassion and love
• Finding a new purpose
• Being the beneficiary of a charitable act
• Working as a team
• Working for a charitable organization
• Taking a chance
• The rewards of volunteering
• Doing something for someone who cannot repay you
Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Write your experience in the first person. Do not ghost write someone else’s story unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it, as we will not publish it again.
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and the right to resell it.
SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Fill in the form, select this title, and paste your Word document into the box that is provided.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FEBRUARY 15, 2015.