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Upcoming Chicken Soup Deadlines

From http://www.chickensoup.com/. These seem to be in reverse chronological order:

A Book of Miracles
Everyone has experienced extraordinary events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment. Perhaps the only explanation is divine intervention. The true stories in this multi-faith book will awe you with examples of amazing coincidences and prove to you that miracles do happen every day. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Christmas and Holidays
We love holidays! We know you do too. We are collecting stories for our next holiday book. There is no deadline date for story submissions.

College Campus Chronicles
We are looking for true stories and poems about your experiences in college, whether you are in college now, or a recent graduate. Stories about everything from leaving home, to classes, to roommates, to personal growth, to funny moments, to travel abroad…anything you have done in college that you would like to share with other college students. The deadline for story submissions is December 31, 2008

Dysfunctional Families
These serious or hilarious, oh so true stories will touch your heart and make you see that even in the most difficult situations, other families are not all that different from your own. Share your stories with others who may realize we all have the same in-laws, siblings, parents, etc. Submit under your real name, but rest assured we expect most of you to use pen names for publication and change the names of family members to protect the innocent (or guilty!). The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Endurance Sports (run,cycle,swim)
Whether you are a triathlete, a duathlete, or you just love to swim, run, or cycle, we want to hear about your sports, your races, and how endurance sports fit into your life, whether you are an amateur, a student athlete, or a pro. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Extraordinary Teens
Teenagers can do the most amazing and positive things. They can overcome obstacles and make wonderful contributions to the world. Do you know a teenager who has made a difference? We are looking for stories about these terrific teens. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2008.

In Harm’s Way – Honoring Our Military
An amazing collection of 101 stories from soldiers who defend and protect our country – both active and retired – and from their families who make sacrifices when their loved ones are far away. You will be overcome with emotion as you read these stories that will acknowledge, entertain and inspire you and will leave you with admiration and gratitude for our nation’s best and brightest. The deadline date for story submissions is March 31, 2009.

Not Really Retired
This book will share humorous and fun stories from those who are actively enjoying their “senior years!” Tell us about your new careers, your volunteer work, your sports, your travels, and those things you always wanted to do that you are finally doing. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Teachers
We have all had that one teacher who has made a difference in our lives. And teachers, remember that one student who made you know why you decided to be a teacher and who you will never forget? We are looking for stories from both teachers and students that will tell that unforgettable story. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Thanks Dad
We are looking for stories of thanks from “children” of all ages about their dads. These stories of innumerable joys and challenges will touch your heart, make you laugh, inspire you and remind you that it doesn’t matter how old you are, the job of a parent never ends. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Thanks Mom
We are looking for stories of thanks from “children” of all ages about their moms. These stories of innumerable joys and challenges will touch your heart, make you laugh, inspire you and remind you that it doesn’t matter how old you are, the job of a parent never ends. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

The Golf Book
Chicken Soup for the Soul and Golf Digest are excited to announce a new book for golfers, edited by Max Adler of Golf Digest. Golf is a sport of passion and obsession like none other. We are looking for true personal stories that reflect what the game means to you. Think of the best stories you’ve told at the 19th hole and share them with us. The deadline for story submissions is December 1, 2008.

Tough Times, Tough People
Most of us have lost money and many are losing their jobs, homes, or at least making cutbacks. Many of us have also faced life-changing natural disasters such as hurricanes and fires, as well as health and family challenges. We are all going through difficult times, some with more dire consequences than others. We would like to know what changes you are making in your lives that reflect the times. Are you downsizing, making do with less, discovering new joy in a simpler life? Are you recovering from other challenges such as natural disasters, health problems, or the loss of a loved one? These stories will give you, our readers, inspiration and insight into how others are coping. The deadline date for story submissions is March 31, 2009.

What I Learned From The Cat
Another wonderful collection of heartwarming and humorous stories about what we learned from our feline family members. The deadline date for story submissions is January 31, 2009.

What I Learned From The Dog
Another wonderful collection of heartwarming and humorous stories about what we learned from our companions and best friends. The deadline date for story submissions is January 31, 2009.

Upcoming Cup of Comfort Deadlines

A Cup of Comfort for Dog Lovers II

Oh, how we humans love our canine companions — for so many reasons and in so many ways that one Cup of Comfort collection of uplifting dog stories just wasn’t enough. So we’re giving all you dog-loving writers another opportunity to share your personal stories of canine comfort with a growing legion of dog-loving readers. This volume will feature both serious and humorous anecdotal stories covering a wide range of topics and perspectives and varying breeds of dogs. We do NOT want sad stories about a dog’s illness, injury, or death, though we will consider stories that weave a beloved pet’s illness or death into an otherwise positive story. The story should focus on the dog’s remarkable attributes and/or actions as well as on the special relationship between the dog and his/her human(s).

Submission Deadline: 12/15/2008
See Writer’s Guidelines, below, for additional details.

A Cup of Comfort for the Grieving Heart

When a loved one passes away, comfort is often fleeting and hard to come by. Yet, even a small comfort, like a personal story of how someone has faced a similar loss, does help to ease the sorrow. This volume will feature uplifting personal stories that reveal the special relationships and extraordinary experiences shared by the deceased and his/her loved one(s) immediately before, during, and after the loved one’s passing; it will also includes stories about the internal and external processes by which one deals with and heals from the loss of a loved one. The stories will vary with regard to subject matter, circumstances of death, and the relationship of the author to the individual who has passed away. The book will not include eulogies, profiles/memoirs of people who have passed away, or clinical depictions of death and dying.

Submission Deadline: 2/1/2009
See Writer’s Guidelines, below, for additional details.

We are now seeking submissions for the following volumes:

A Cup of Comfort for Fathers

The connection between father and child can be as deep as the ocean, as strong as a mountain, and as uplifting as fresh air. For all its rewards, though, fatherhood is not without its challenges. And for all the gifts dads bring to their kids’ lives, dads sometimes falter and fumble. Yet, the father-child bond forms, holds, and grows. A Cup of Comfort for Fathers will feature inspiring and insight true stories about the life-defining and life-enriching relationships and experiences shared by fathers and their children. These personal essays will be of varying topics and tones (heartwarming, humorous, poignant, provocative, etc.); about fathers and children of all ages and varying circumstances; and written by fathers, daughters, and sons.

(Please note that the submission deadline has been changed from 8/31/08.)

Submission Deadline: 3/1/2009
See Writer’s Guidelines, below, for additional details.

Interested in learning how to write better essays? Check out Personal Essays That Get Published With Abigail Green. Class begins January 14th, 2009. Register at www.christinakatz.com.

Call for Submissions: Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2010 (Did I just type 2010?, Whoa…)

Alice Pope, who will be editing the 2010 edition of Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, welcomes submissions for the next edition of NSSWM. Alice would like pitches for articles and interviews that fit the following sections in the book: The Writing Life, Craft & Technique, Getting Published, For Mystery Writers, For Romance Writers, and For Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Writers.

To get an even better idea of what is wanted, you should check out a copy of the 2009 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market at your local bookstore or library. Queries can be sent to Alice’s attention at nsswm@fwpubs.com.

Are You A Mama Writer? MommyThink is seeking contributions

[I know nothing about this site, FYI. Just passing along the info…use your own discretion when choosing to work with online markets.]

Write an article: If you write about attachment parenting or natural mothering and would like to submit a relevant article to this site, we’d love to see what you have! Specific subject areas include pregnancy, natural childbirth, midwifery, home birth, breastfeeding, natural baby care, cosleeping, baby wearing, gentle discipline and other natural family living subjects. For most articles, we pay $25 per article, for 30 day exclusive electronic rights, or $50 for 90 day exclusive electronic rights. We may pay up to 10 cents per word for extra special articles. Yes, all articles on our website are special, but we mean an article that contains some kind of “scoop” or a super fresh look at a particular subject. Articles which require in depth research would fit into this category. We expect to publish about one or two of these “exclusive” articles per quarter. In addtion to our fairly modest compensation, we would be happy to publish your article or story with a bio that links to your website or provides further information about any services or products that you offer. No affiliate links, please. We like personal stories, a bit of humor and good references. Articles should be 750-2500 words in length (though this is a flexible guideline). Email your material in the body of an email to Writers at MommyThink.com. Please include a short author’s bio with any relevant links to your work, products or services. We will notify you within four weeks (sometimes sooner) if we plan to publish your article. If you do not hear from us, that means we cannot publish your article at this time. One of the most frequent reasons, at this time, for not publishing material is that it is not appropriate for our website. We are a niche website and we ask you to be familiar with the subject matter and style of this website in order to be sure that your submission would be relevant to our readers. If we decide to publish your piece, we will request either 30 or 90 day exclusive electronic rights and permanent internet archiving rights. In plain English, this means that this work cannot have been published before and you may not submit your work to any other website or electronic media outlet for 30 or 90 days (depending on agreed upon terms). It also means we may permanently keep your article in our archives (though you may sell it elsewhere).

More Essay Markets from Cup of Comfort

A Cup of Comfort is a bestselling anthology (book) series featuring uplifting true stories about the experiences and relationships that inspire and enrich our lives. These slice-of-life stories are written by people from all walks of life and provide unique personal insights into powerful universal truths.

We are now seeking submissions for the following volumes:

A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers
Submission Deadline: 5/15/2008
A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families
Submission Deadline: 6/15/2008
A Cup of Comfort for Fathers
Submission Deadline: 8/1/2008
A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Submission Deadline: 8/15/2008
A Cup of Comfort for Dog Lovers II
Submission Deadline: 12/15/2008
A Cup of Comfort for the Grieving Heart
Submission Deadline: 2/1/2009

See Writer’s Guidelines for additional details.

About.com Seeks Parenting Journalists

From Craig’s List:Reply to: see below
Date: 2008-06-06, 9:38AM PDT

We are seeking part-time writer-experts to serve as Guides for About.com, a subsidiary of the New York Times Company. As a Guide, you’ll build and maintain a GuideSite, a topical section of About.com that contains:

  • Original content (articles, reviews, FAQs, tutorials) written by you
  • A blog featuring your unique voice and personality
  • A directory of the best content in your topic, whether it be your own work or links to other sites
  • A discussion forum where you serve as community leader
  • A bio page with your contact info

All About.com Guides are considered freelancers who work online and set their own schedules, giving them the flexibility to log on from anywhere in the world whenever they have the time. With no timesheets to fill out and no timecards to punch, working for About.com gives you the flexibility to write when you want, even if you have a full-time day job.

Along with a base payment of $725 a month, we pay based on growth of page views on a year over year basis. On average, a Guide will make more than $1,000 a month by their second year, with the potential to earn much more based on year over year page view growth. Want to know more? Visit http://beaguide.about.com.

Guide Openings on the Parenting Channel
We’re currently expanding our parenting channel and are seeking parenting journalists for a number of topics, including parenting preschoolers, parenting tweens, parenting young adults, stay at home dads, stay at home moms, teen health, and work at home moms.

Many of our Guides are professional parenting journalists with years of reporting experience in their topic, and we encourage people with parenting journalism experience to apply. To submit an application, learn more about About.com or see our full list of available topics, please visit http://beaguide.about.com.

  • Compensation: $725/month minimum, plus page view-based compensation
  • Telecommuting is ok.
  • This is a part-time job.
  • This is a contract job.
  • OK to highlight this job opening for persons with disabilities
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

Jen Lemen and Sage Cohen Team Up in a New Anthology “Shiny Blue You”

All Sage and Jen need now is shiny blue you.

We want to hear your true stories of grace, courage and transformation that introduce new possibilities for how we interpret our lives and inhabit our world.

And we want to share them! 50 finely crafted essays will appear in a Queen of Wands Press book in the fall of 2008!

To learn more, please visit: http://www.shinyblueyou.com/


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