Outside Your Comfort Zone – Chicken Soup for the Soul Callout

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

101 Stories about Trying New Things, Overcoming Fears, and Broadening Your World

Step outside your comfort zone. We all have a tendency to get in a rut. We start to say no to new things, and that can only lead to a narrower and narrower life. When we try new things, we end up feeling energized and pleased with ourselves. There is tremendous power in saying “yes” to new things, new places, and new experiences. It makes you feel more dynamic, younger, and more of a participant in the world. You’re not distancing yourself from change any more. Start now!

Mark Twain said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones you did do.”

Tell us your own stories about stepping outside your comfort zone and how that changed your life. We know you’ll think of many more topics, but here are some suggestions to get your creative juices flowing:

• Meeting new people
• Wearing different kinds of clothing
• Traveling to new places
• Trying a new sport or activity
• Eating a food you didn’t think you would like
• Doing something that you were afraid of
• Convincing a friend or family member to do something that made them step outside their own comfort zone
• Advice on how to get yourself to step outside your comfort zone
• How doing something new made you feel
• What new things/places/foods/activities you are planning for the future
• What it was like to stay stuck in a rut and not try new things
• Epiphanies and prompts — what caused you to try new things
• Switching careers
• Trying a new volunteer activity
• Watching television channels you never saw before
• Going to a different kind of movie
• Picking up a different kind of book
• Shopping at a different grocery store
• Trying new things on your computer or phone and on the Internet
• Trying new technology/appliances
• How trying new things affected your marriage/your relationship with your children or other family members
• Trying a new church or other place of worship/joining a new congregation
• Overcoming agoraphobia or other fears

Please remember

We no longer publish “as told to” stories. Write your story or poem in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form.

All stories should be true — we do not publish fiction — and should be no longer than 1,200 words. If your story was already published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again. If you submitted a story for one of our previous books and we did not publish it, please feel free to submit it to this book if you think it will fit. That way we will be sure it is considered for this new edition.

If your story is chosen –

You will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it or self-publish it.


Select the Submit Your Story link at the bottom of the page and follow the directions.

Please note the short deadline date for story and poems submissions of MARCH 31, 2017. This title is a last-minute addition to the schedule for release in Fall 2017.


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P.O. Box 700
Cos Cob, CT 06807-0700

OVER TO YOU: Share below if you’ve ever been published in Chicken Soup anthologies, and if so, which ones. Tell us if you’re going to give this one a try. Let’s see how many of us can be accepted for this publication.

2 comments on “Outside Your Comfort Zone – Chicken Soup for the Soul Callout

  1. I’ve never been published by Chicken Soup because I never felt anything I had would fit their categories. However, I have one that I’d like to submit to this category. We’ll see if I can get it done in time and what happens after that. Thanks for the call out.

    • Great, Judith. Let me know how it goes. I have been published in Chicken Soup for the Dog’s Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Cat’s Soul, and both were so worthwhile. I definitely plan to try for this one too, although I haven’t decided which story to tell as I have a number that could fit the category!

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