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Chicken Soup for the American Idol Lover's Soul

I received the following information yesterday for submitting to the newest book in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. Here are the submitting details, in case you would like to try your hand at getting published in an upcoming book. I must say that the publishing process with the Chicken Soup people was very simple. Good luck!

Chicken Soup for the American Idol Lover's Soul

Dear Fellow American Idol Fan-atics,

We know who we are - we're the ones who wouldn't miss an AI show even if the world were coming to an end.  We're the ones who think that the vote between Clay and Ruben was one of the most important elections of the past decade.  We're the ones who can't believe that there are people who have actually never heard of Bo Bice or Diana DeGarmo or even Taylor Hicks.

Now we have a chance to share how AI has impacted our lives.  We are in immediate need of funny, inspirational and heartfelt true stories for our newest upcoming Chicken Soup title Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul. 

The stories should be 1200 words or less, and should be positive and non-controversial.  No tributes, philosophical, self-promoting or biographical pieces will be accepted. 

The stories must be written in first person but you don't necessarily need to be the person that the story is about.  It can be about a friend who auditioned for AI, your grandma who re-ignited her singing career after watching the show or your sister who began working with special needs kids having been inspired by Clay.

Tentative chapter headings include:

· The Dream Begins (stories from the Idols of the childhood moment when they knew they were meant to sing)

· Waiting in the Rain (contestant hopefuls'' stories of waiting)

· America Got It Wrong (dealing with disappointment)

· Simon Says (turning criticism into inspiration)

· Success is a Journey (lessons/experiences along the road)

· That's my Baby (stories from the Idol's parents and families)

· The Idol's Idols (stories from the Idols about who was their mentor/inspiration)

· Touched By an Idol (viewer's stories)

· "And Tonight Our Next Idol Hopeful Will be Singing." (stories of the songs that moved you - stories can be from Idols or fans)

· Behind the Scenes (stories of things the viewers never see..hopefully we''ll include stories from make-up and hair people and/or the Idol's voice coaches, etc.)

· Life After American Idol (stories from the Idols of what their lives look like not and how the experience has changed them)

As you can see, many of the stories will be written by the contestants or their family members, but we also want to hear from you, the fans - especially for the chapters:

· Touched By an Idol (viewer's stories)

· Success is a Journey (lessons/experiences along the road - must relate to Idol)

· "And Tonight Our Next Idol Hopeful Will be Singing." (stories of the songs that moved you)

You may submit more than one story.  We accept previously published pieces, as long as you retained all rights to your story.  For each story published, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid.  We also need AI cartoons and if accepted for publication, payment will be $100 each.  We accept poems, although very few are used.  Payment for poems is $50.  All payment s are paid within thirty days of publication.  The submission deadline is April 15th, but the sooner the better!

Please submit stories through the Chicken Soup for the Soul website at www.chickensoup.com.  Click on Submit a Story and be sure to select "American Idol Soul" as the book title.

I hope to see lots of you with selected entries for the final book!  :) Have a great morning!