The Spirit of Canada – Chicken Soup for the Soul
In 2017 Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Our Canadian writers and readers will be focused on what Canada, and being Canadian, means. Send us your stories about what it means to be a Canadian, whether you’re talking about hockey or camping, Celtic fiddle music and step dancing or singing “O Canada,” or any of the other things that make you so proud—and grateful—to be Canadian.
The deadline date for story and poem submissions has been extended to MAY 31, 2016. The book will be published in May or June 2017, in time for Canada Day 2017!
Please visit our Story Guidelines page, which will answer many of your questions about subject matter, length, and style.
Submit your story here.
As always we want dramatic, heartwarming or inspirational stories that touch the hearts of our readers and remind them of principles they can use in their own lives. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
• Have you had an experience that made you really proud to be a Canadian?
• Do you have a local hero—or a well known Canadian hero—who inspired you?
• Do you live in a community that has suffered a challenge—and experienced the kindness of neighbours or first responders who showed up to make a difference?
• Are you, or is one of your family members, in the Canadian military? Do you have a story you can share? And then there is Canada’s traditional role in the world as peacekeepers… <br• are=”” you=”” an=”” immigrant=”” or=”” the=”” child=”” of=”” immigrants=”” who=”” have=”” come=”” to=”” this=”” great=”” land?=”” <br=””>• Share stories from First Nations.
• Tell us your story involving Canadian music, languages and traditions.
• Share stories that illustrate Canadian ingenuity, diversity, tolerance, and spirit.
• Tell us your favourite holiday stories—Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving and other holidays, and how you do them in Canada.
• Write about sports and activities like camping or canoe tripping, hiking in the Rockies, water skiing and snow skiing, skating and, of course, hockey. And pond hockey. And heading to the cottage.
• Share your stories that have occurred in the Canadian far north. Did any of them involve wildlife? Talk about Canada’s geographic diversity and stories from small towns to big cities.
• Did you travel the world with a Canadian flag on your backpack?
• Do you obsess over the weather?
• Write about unique Canadian expressions.