Thursday, March 28, 2013

Got A Story On Dating?

How long have Donald and Daisy dated?

 One of the latest calls for submissions from Chicken Soup publishers is for a book on Dating. The following is what they have on the website to let writers know what they are looking for. Watch for two important pieces of information here.

The Dating Game! 
We're publishing a book on dating! First dates, blind dates, group dates... we want to hear about all of them. Meeting the family, embarrassing moments, break-ups and make-ups... we want all of your war stories. Did you meet your perfect match online? Did you have an office romance or start a relationship with someone who was just a friend? How about first dates after divorce, reconnecting with a person from your past, or even simply finding your happily-ever-after where you least expected it? Tell us everything from love at first sight to dating disasters. For this book, we prefer contemporary stories. They will be favored over stories about events that happened decades ago. We are accepting stories from men and women 18 years and older. The deadline for story and poem submissions is July 15, 2013.

Note the deadline of July 15th. That gives you ample time to have a story to submit. The other important thing I noticed is that they say they prefer contemporary stories. It doesn't sound like absolutely only, but I'm guessing that they will give the contemporary stories precedence over stories about dating 40, 50, or more years ago.

Chicken Soup also prefers stories written in first person or about someone who is very close to you. Now, that opens the door for an older writer who can compose a story about a son or daughter dating, or even a grandchild. Again, the #1 preference is a first person story, something that happened to you.

So, put on your thinking cap and see what you can come up with for this one.

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