Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for (and will pay) for your true stories and videos on any of these themes: tolerance, respect, and compassion; embracing differences; making good choices; rejecting stereotypes; being held back by a bias/stereotype someone had about you; being held back by a bias/stereotype you had about someone; learning to be more tolerant; overcoming prejudices; becoming a better person; overcoming being raised to be intolerant or prejudiced; turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts; putting things in perspective.
If accepted, your written story will be included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: What’s Your Story? Any college student enrolled in the 2015–2016 school year can submit a story or a video at http://whatsyourstory.amplifiertv.com/.
Have you or someone you know ever been targeted by bullies or bigots? How have racial or religious slurs, comments about physical appearance, or stereotypes affected your life or that of others close to you? Have you been guilty of stereotyping others or been brought up in a household that encouraged intolerance either in words or actions? Have your life experiences helped you to overcome them? Have you or someone you know made a difference? Share your story! Write it or put it on video.
The book will be published in August 2016, and as its subtitle says, it will include “101 Stories by College Students About Embracing Differences and Getting Along.“ Your first-person non-fiction original story should be 800 to 1,200 words. Write a story, not an academic essay, about how you have embraced differences, made good choices and/or overcome stereotypes. You can write about a personal story or about something that happened to someone close to you. If your story is published, you will receive $200 plus ten copies of the book, which will have a list price of $14.95.
This is the fourth book in a Chicken Soup for the Soul series published in partnership with The Boniuk Foundation. The Boniuk Foundation is a non-profit organization that is working with Chicken Soup for the Soul to promote tolerance, respect, and compassion, inspiring people to embrace their differences, reject stereotypes, and make good choices. The series also includes books for children and preteens, teens, and parents.
If you prefer to tell your story in a video, there is also an opportunity to have your video shown on Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes, the new THE CBS DREAM TEAM, IT’S EPIC! Saturday-morning series hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet, former co-host of Dancing with the Stars. The videos must be between one and four minutes.
The deadline for written and video entries is January 15, 2016. For further information, and to submit stories or videos, go to http://whatsyourstory.amplifiertv.com/.