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I have a welcoming opportunity to let you in on. We are putting together the next Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. (You know these books, you have seen them on the bestsellers lists and either read them and gotten something good out of them, or possibly scoffed at them and refuse to read them.) Based on the thousands of letters we get, teenagers love these books and find inspiration, comfort, and strength from them.
So, now you can help our youth and even get some money for it - $200 for each published story. Write something you’ve been meaning to write, or perhaps you already have a story lying around that you would like to submit. The general theme of the book focuses on the tough stuff and difficulties associated with relationships, friendships, family matters and self-image. We are looking for first-person, non-fiction narratives. Stories should be about 1-3 pages long, 400-1200 words, double-spaced, size 12, Times New Roman.
They should be written about something that happened to you and made you learn a bit about something you think might help a teenager who reads the book. It shouldn’t be preachy, but still be something that teens can relate to.
Also, please steer away from pieces that are strictly retrospectives; nostalgia is great, but our readers relate more to the stories from voices at a similar stage in life as themselves. If you are not a teenager, then try writing from the perspective you had when you were that age. It is okay for the wisdom you have gained with age to shine through. Send all of your submissions ASAP to email@example.com.
The submission deadline is August 31, 2006.
Sincerely, Mitch Claspy Author
P.S. know of any writing groups or others you think might be interested in this opportunity? Feel free to cut and paste this for their benefit.