Chicken Soup for the Soul


Chicken Soup for the Soul is one of the world’s favorite and most recognized storytellers.

They started in 1993 with a simple idea: that people could help each other by sharing stories about their lives.

They have published 250 titles in 40 languages and sold more than 100 million books in the U.S. alone.

Editorial Needs

  • They prefer inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. Stories have to be personal and often filled with emotion and drama.

  • They accept poems that tell a story.

  • Story length should be 1200 words or less.

Payment Information

Payment Information, According to Our Best Research (May Change, or Be Innaccurate)

  • They pay $200 for story or poem ($100 for devotionals)

  • Author will receive ten free copies of the book his/her story or poem appears in.

  • Author will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family and receive exclusive contributors’ communiqué and will be entitled to buy cases of books from them at a discount.

According to our best research, the maximum they will pay is $200.

Payment Reports

Year Pay (US $) Words Payment Speed Payment Difficulty Research & Reporting Publication Type Comments
2016 $0.17/word.
$200 total
1200 words Less than a Month Effortless Paymnt Little to None  
"All stories have to be true from the writer's personal experience. Happy that there was only minimal editing. They also send 10 copies of the book in which you are published."
2016 $0.17/word.
$200 total
1200 words 3 to 6 Months Effortless Paymnt Little to None  
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Contact & Submission Information

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To learn more, read their submission guidelines