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Chicken Soup Stuff

For those who are interested, I'm piecing together some links for Chicken Soup Submissions. I thought I'd post this info here, so that people wouldn't have to ask me for it.

First, here are the possible
book titles.
Interestingly, it looks like the "special needs" book is aimed at parents if you look at this page.

Here are the
Chicken Soup submission Guidelines in general.

And finally, here's where you actually
submit a story.

Since I can't find the announcement anywhere on their site, I'm going to past what I have in this entry.

Chicken Soup for the Special Needs Community

Do you have heart-warming, insightful and powerfully moving stories about
what life has taught you and how to live life to its fullest? The authors of
the
New York Times Best-selling book series Chicken Soup for the Soul are
currently seeking stories to be included in a new book tentatively titled
Chicken
Soup for the Special Needs Community: 101 heartwarming, helpful, healing
stories that offer inspiration and promise surrounding the lives of special
needs
individuals. Through these stories, the readers learn how others facing
similar challenges can learn to overcome the many obstacles they have. They
do
this by connecting with emotions in the real life experience by learning
they can choose peace and happiness in each situation regardless of how
challenging
it appears from the outside.

Now you have an opportunity to contribute to this new series by sharing
your strength, insights, knowledge and wisdom.
What makes a good Chicken Soup story?

A Chicken Soup story is an inspirational, true story that opens the heart
and re-kindles the spirit. It is the personal account of an event, an
obstacle
overcome, a lesson learned or a dream fulfilled that helps the reader
discover basic principles they can use in their own lives.

Some of the topics we will include are:

1) On Attitude: This chapter contains stories about the powerful healing
that takes place through the deep and meaningful transition from denial to
final
positive attitudinal acceptance while learning a loved one has special needs
whether they are a newborn child or a lifetime occurrence.

2) Family Dynamics: This chapter contains stories that demonstrate the
healing power a family has towards a special needs loved one through love,
patience,
understanding and relentless hope that parents, siblings and extended family
share.

3) Early Learning: This chapter contains heartwarming and compassionate
stories of the early intervention school years while many children are
engrossed
in intense therapies. They are shared through the perspective of the many
teachers, whether they are in the schools or even the parents that teach
them
through home schooling.

4) The Teen Years: This chapter contains stories around the challenges teens
face going through puberty and teen years such as body changes, boyfriends
and girlfriends, learning to drive, life decisions and going through the
many emotional challenges that they face.

5) On Friendships and Relationships This chapter contains stories of heroic
acts and very meaningful, caring relationships peers develop and the lessons
that they learn from one another. There are stories of bullying,
protection, support and empowerment, where the centers of our hearts are
opened up.

6) Celebrating Differences: This chapter celebrates the gifts and phenomenal
wonder many people with special needs bring the world such as incredible
music,
brilliant minds, artwork and many other talents they offer to the world.
It's about finding the good in every person regardless of the challenges
they
may face.

7) Humor is Healing: This chapter promotes the popular saying "Laughter is
the best medicine." It contains stories that show the healing power of
humor,
from simply silly to gut wrenching hilarious allowing us to see the lighter
side of each situation regardless of the severity.

8) Adulthood: This chapter contains stories of special needs individuals
after the age of 21 when oftentimes the regular means of support are no
longer
in place. It explores issues like employment, group home placements,
volunteerism and family living arrangements.

9) Transitions: This chapter contains stories about the strength, courage
and understanding a special needs person faces and must learn how to embrace
when
losing a loved one. It also goes through situations surrounding aging and
what happens next in their lives.

10) Empowering Everyone: This chapter contains stories about the circle of
support surrounding a special needs person during their lifetime. These
loving,
caring, supporting people are what life is all about. The old adage "It
takes a village to raise a child" encapsulates this chapter perfectly!

We are looking for "teaching tales" that inspire the reader to draw their
own conclusions and insights from the story itself.

If you have a story you would like to submit, please email your stories to
hmcnamara@verizon.net.

We look forward to receiving your story and thank you for reading Chicken
Soup for the Soul®.

Sincerely,

Chicken Soup for the Soul

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 14th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to get involved
Hi - I am certainly happy to find this. cool job!
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