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Attention “Chicken Soup” Lovers — Stories Wanted

Got a story to share about your child with autism or Asperger’s? We thought you’d might like to hear about this great opportunity to share it from Chicken Soup for The  Soul. Mmmm, we get hungry just thinking about chicken soup. Details below.


New Chicken Soup for the Soul Book:
For Parents of Children with Autism or Asperger’s

If you are the parent of a child, from newborn to college age, with autism or Asperger’s, the folks at Chicken Soup for Soul invite  you to share your story about raising your child – the ups and downs, the effect on your family and marriage, your child’s special attributes and talents, and the lighter moments too. These stories will provide advice, comfort and insight to other parents in the same situation.

Please send us only non-fiction stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words. These must be your personal stories – things that happened to you or someone you were close to. You may use a “pen name” on your story. Your story should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major publications.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

How you first recognized the symptoms
Meeting the challenges of everyday life
Academic struggles or brilliance
Good and bad experiences with school administrations
Appreciating your child for exactly who he/she is
Helping your child build a social life
Successful treatments – what has worked for you
Helping siblings and family members cope
The effect on your marriage and personal relationships
The importance of taking time for yourself
The importance of a support system
The lighter side
The positive side – benefits of autism or Asperger’s

Please remember, we do not like “as told to” stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghostwrite a story for someone else we will list his or her name as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

DEADLINE IS September 30th.
We plan to publish the book on April 2, 2013, for Autism Awareness Month.

2 Responses to Attention “Chicken Soup” Lovers — Stories Wanted

  1. Rachel May 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    And you’re not asking people with autism and Asperger’s to contribute WHY? How much “autism awareness” are you going to generate WITHOUT HEARING OUR VOICES?

    Nice. Very nice.

  2. admin May 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Rachel, I’m sorry. I might have misunderstood. We are not writing this book. We just shared the link. The link said the book was for parents of children with autism and asperger’s. I am not sure precisely what they are looking for. I would submit your entry. Personally, I would LOVE to hear your stories. In fact, if you have a blog, I’d be happy to post it here. We’d love to hear from you. Sorry if we offended you.

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