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July 11, 2010

Request for articles for the Chicken Soup for Indian College Soul

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 1:26 PM

I have been meaning to post this for a while now but kept postponing. Anyways finally remembered about this when I had computer access. so 🙂

Arti from who is also the editor of the Chicken Soup book series contacted me recently and asked if I was interested in contributing to the Chicken Soup for Indian College Soul book which will be coming out soon. Basically this is a series of books that focus on heartwarming and inspiring aspects of everyday life.

At this time I can’t really think of any story about college that fits into the above criteria so I am going to pass on it this time, but if you have a college story that you think people would like then please contact Arti and let her know. Below are more details about the series/invitation:

If you have a college story that you would like to share , please read the guidelines below and send your stories to: in the subject line please write ” CS for College Soul”

Publisher: Westland/Tranquebar
Last Date for submissions: July 22nd 2010 ( or earlier, if 101 stories are selected before that)

The write-up will carry the contributor’s name. Westland pays Rs 1000 per story and two copies of the book. A 3-4 line profile on all contributing authors is also carried in the book. We accept blogged and published work too provided the authors get the reprint permissions. The copyright of the story stays with the author.

Recipe for a Chicken Soup for the Indian College Soul

A Chicken Soup for the Soul® story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They are personal and often
filled with emotion and drama.

Chicken Soup stories have a beginning, middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating emotion rather than simply talking about it. A story that causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination of these. A good story covers the range of human emotions. The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.


1. Tell an exciting, sad or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Make sure that you introduce the character(s).

2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh or get goose bumps (the good kind!) Don’t leave anything out — how did you feel?

3. The story should start with action; it should include a problem, issue or situation. It should include dialogue and the character should express their feelings though the conflict or situation. It should end in a result, such as a lesson learned, a positive change or pay-off.

4. Above all, let it come from your HEART! Your story is important!

Story Specifications

Stories should be non-fiction, ranging in length between 300-1200 words.

More details on how to submit/additional information is available in this blog post: Inviting stories for Chicken Soup for the Indian College Soul.

Please contact Arti if you have questions about this. All the information I have about the invite has been posted here.

This is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya

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