Call for Stories: Cup of Comfort

I was asked to pass along the following announcement by the editor of the Cup of Comfort series of books, so, here you go. It lists three separate books looking for story entries, one about writers, one about dogs, and one about single mothers. If you are interested, be sure to read the guidelines, submission deadlines, and submission instructions carefully! Doing otherwise is a quick way to not get published.

CALL FOR PERSONAL ESSAYS ABOUT DOGS, WRITERS, AND SINGLE MOTHERS

A Cup of Comfort is a popular anthology (book) series featuring inspiring
true stories about the extraordinary experiences of “ordinary” people. Now, we are
currently seeking submissions for three exciting new volumes:

A Cup of Comfort for Writers

Only another writer can truly understand what it’s like to aspire to become and
to be a writer. For this anthology of true stories celebrating (and
commiserating) the writing life, we seek compelling, insightful, and
exceptionally well-written personal essays from writers of every persuasion and
level of experience. Possible themes include but are not limited to:
* Mentors or teachers
* Overcoming challenges in becoming a writer, your life as a writer, or the
writing process
* Milestone(s) in your journey to become a writer or as a writer
*Discovering and/or heeding the call to become a writer
* Writers groups / the camaraderie of other writers
* Why you write
* Transcending self-doubt and fear
* What writing has taught you about life
* What life has taught you about writing
* Your muse: what inspires your writing
* Best or worst writing experience and what you learned/gained from it
* Why you write

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2006
Please see submission specs, below.

A Cup of Comfort for Dog Lovers

As any dog lover will attest, dogs are, indeed, our best friends… and so much
more. They’re also our helpers, heroes, champions, teachers, and beloved family
members. For this volume, we seek heartwarming true stories that speak to the
amazing bond between dogs and the people who love them. Stories can focus on any
experience/theme that demonstrates how a dog has inspired and/or enriched the
life/lives of a human(s). Possible themes include but are not limited to a
dog’s:
* Devotion and loyalty
* Courage
* Amazing feats
* Role as a member of a family or community
* Companionship
* Therapeutic effect on a human
* Unique relationship with a person
* Unique relationship with another pet or animal
* Inspirational effect on one or more people
* Amusing, endearing, exceptional ways

We do NOT want sad stories about a pet’s suffering or death. However, stories
can be about the life of a dog that is now deceased and can include a fond
farewell to a lost pet—provided the story isn’t solely about the pet’s death.

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2006
Please see submission specs, below.

A Cup of Comfort for Single Mothers

As Oprah Winfrey has often said, parenting is the most difficult and important
job in the world. It can be even tougher for single mothers, who face all the
usual parenting challenges plus another whole set of unique ones. But single
motherhood — whether by choice or by chance — also brings many untold rewards,
for both moms and children. For this collection of personal essays celebrating
single mothers, we seek uplifting true stories about the joys and the
difficulties of single mothering. The majority of stories selected for
publication will be written from the single mother’s point of view, but we will
also consider stories written by the children of single mothers as well as by
third parties with intimate knowledge of (and the permission of) the single
mother and her child(ren). Possible themes include but are not limited to:
* Juggling the myriad responsibilities of single motherhood
* Raising sons or daughters solo / without fathers
* The support of family, friends, other mothers
* Dating / romance / socializing
* Hard lessons learned
* Busting myths about single mothering
* Defying stereotypes about single moms and/or children of single moms
* Overcoming adversity
* Self-acceptance and self-respect in a society that sometimes disparages
single mothers
* Unconventional wisdom(s) gained
* Blessings, joys, and rewards of being a single mother or the child of a
single mother
* The unique bond between a single mother and her child(ren)
* The courage, resilience, ingenuity, devotion, accomplishments, and/or
integrity of a single mom
* Why you chose single motherhood (if by choice) and how you’ve made it work
* The unexpected and/or under-recognized advantages, joys, and/or rewards of
being a single mother or having a single mother

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2006
Please see submission specs, below.

SUBMISSION SPECS

* $500 grand prize (one per book); $100 (each) for all other stories published
* Author receives one complimentary copy of book; upon publication.
* Stories must be original, true, uplifting, typed, and in English; narrative essay or creative nonfiction; 1st person or 3rd person (no 2nd person); and poignant, heartwarming, inspiring, and/or humorous.
* Unpublished material preferred; some previously published material is acceptable. We do not publish material that has been or will be published in a mass market anthology or widely circulated magazine.
* Manuscripts are not returned.
* Entrants pay no entry or reading fees.
* Each submission must include the following:
Author’s full and legal name
Author’s mailing address
Author’s phone number
Author’s email address (if applicable)
Story title
Story wordcount (approximate)

Choose one of these submission methods:

Email (preferred): In the subject line, cite the Cup of Comfort volume (i.e., Dog Lovers). Copy and paste (or type) the story into the body of the email (no attachments. One story
per email. Send to: cupofcomfort (at) adamsmedia.com

Mail: You can send more than one story per envelope. Include self-addressed,
postage-paid envelope for each submission. Send only the paper copy of the
story; do not send computer disks or CDs. Mail to:
Cup of Comfort
Adams Media
57 Littlefield St.
Avon, Massachusetts 02322, USA

Fax: On a cover sheet or at the top of the story’s first page, specify “Cup of Comfort,” the
volume for which you are submitting the story, and the number of
pages being submitted. Fax to: 1-508-427-6790

For sample stories and detailed writers’ guidelines, visit the Web site: www.cupofcomfort.com and click on “Share Your Story.”

Please direct questions and suggestions to cupofcomfort (at) adamsmedia.com. We cannot accept phone calls.

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