If you have not written a Chicken Soup for the Soul story, I'll tell you my secret to success. I write from my heart about an event in my life. I share the "aha" moment with others and without preaching, give the reader a take away message.
Don't feel neglected if you get rejected. I receive many rejections!
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, co creators of Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies were rejected 144 times before their first book was accepted. Look at how the series has grown. This is the 18th Chicken Soup anthology in which I am published. If I can do it, you can too.
www.chickensoup.com Click on SUBMIT YOUR STORY and read the pull down menu to view the list of titles currently in development.
Here's a local link to check out, also. Prose and poetry contests are underway and close September 1st, so you have plenty of time to write and submit. http://www.springfieldwritersguild.org/
Never stop believing. If you believe in something, then you must let nothing stop you.