STORY CALL OUT – SHARE YOUR FAVORITE STORY
Chicken Soup for the Mother’s of Preschoolers Soul
Take a journey through a day in the life of playing make-believe, temper-tantrums, mending boo-boos and exploring the world of bugs, all the while ready with the answer to, why mommy? Share, laugh and reminisce with mothers of preschoolers for their devotion, love and sacrifice during this precious period of time. We invite you to contribute a true story, article, or anecdote that will bring comfort, laughter and inspiration, while rekindling the spirit of mom’s who’ve shaped these young lives with their hands, hearts and souls.
Chapters and Topics will include:
Making A Difference – stories about the significance that mothering matters.
Small Accomplishments – stories to bring peace and balance in the midst of daily chaos.
Pigtails and Froglegs: Learning a New Language of Love – stories that teach us that love comes in all shapes and sizes.
Friendship: Mommy Play Dates – stories about encouragement from friends, family and other moms.
Time Out! – stories about being understood, needing a break and sharing the load.
It’s My Time – stories about putting yourself first for a change.
Sharing Mommy – stories about sibling rivalry & revelry.
Building Blocks: Perspective and Hope – stories on overcoming obstacles, regaining focus and hope.
Growing Up – stories about change, growing up and empty nest as they go off to school for the first time.
Tiny Bits of Wisdom – stories and anecdotes on things moms have learned from their little ones.
HOW TO WRITE A CHICKEN SOUP STORY
First and foremost…READ A FEW CHICKEN SOUP STORIES before you write…
We’re looking for inspirational, true stories, 1200 words or less, that will make readers laugh, cry, or sigh. Stories should be positive, universal, and non-controversial. The “point” or “message” should be evident without preaching. They are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people. Chicken Soup stories have a beginning, middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating emotion rather than simply talking about it.
The submission deadline is May 30, 2005.
EEmail submissions in WORD doc. are strongly preferred. Send stories with your name, address, phone number and email address on the manuscript to Maria Nickless at preschoolmomsoul.comcast.net. If unable to email, please send a hard copy (and on disk if possible) c/o Chicken Soup for the Mother’s of Preschoolers Soul to 2833 Monterey Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Due to the volume of stories we receive, we are unable to respond to each contribution. Finalist, only, will be notified prior to publication.