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Running for Good - and Walking Too!
We are excited to once again be teaming up with Dean Karnazes, the Ultramarathoner, on another special and exciting book not only about running but about walking as well. It is well known that steps of any kind condition the body, but they are also great for conditioning the mind, the soul, and the spirit. The title of this new book on running and walking has two meanings: running and walking are good for your health and you can run or walk to do good for someone else by raising awareness of an issue or to raise funds for a cause.
We are looking for true stories or poems of 1200 words or less, about all aspects of running and walking and stories about running, walking and steps to raise awareness of and funds for a cause. Stories can be funny and quirky, or they can be serious and heartwarming.
Here are some topics but we know you can think of many more:
How to get up and get started
Keeping to it
Running and walking with friends or family
How running or walking has changed your life
What you do while youre running or walking thinking, listening, seeing
Challenges and injuries
Running or walking when you travel for pleasure or business
Running or walking in exotic locations
Triathlons and ultramarathons
Body image, self-confidence
How getting up and moving whether running or walking - changed your life
Running or walking for a cause and to help people
Reaching your goals
Running or walking miracles, amazing coincidences, stories that will give us chills
Running with your dog or other pets
Family bonding or competitions using steps
Stories about someone who inspired you
The deadline date for story and poem submissions is DECEMBER 15, 2018.
Stories about Angels
***NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE DATE - DECEMBER 31, 2018!!***
Are angels always around us? Sometimes mysterious good things happen to us, things that we cannot explain. They cause wonder and astonishment. How do these miraculous events occur? Who or what made them happen? Was it an amazing coincidence, a kind stranger who came and went so quickly that were startled, the answer to a prayer? Are these kind people celestial or otherworldly? Are there angels at work? Whatever the explanation, these events seem to be evidence of a higher power at work and they give us hope for a better future. They give us peace and comfort and the belief that our problems can be resolved.
We are looking for true personal stories about how an angel has touched your life stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. Amazing stories that will make people say wow or give our readers chills. Have you experienced something otherworldly or celestial? Or had a personal experience with an angel or divine being? How did your angel manifest himself or herself to you? How did your angel protect or guide you? Do you have a guardian angel?
This call-out is for everyone who has a story, whether they are religious or non-religious. We are looking for stories from writers of all faiths, including writers who do not follow a particular religion. This book is by and for everyone.
Please note that we are not looking for stories about people who are angels because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies about a loved one who has died and is now an angel.
Here are some possible topics to help you remember your own great angel story:
Messages from an angel
Prayers answered by an angel
Receiving support from angels or spirits
Angel or divine intervention
Receiving guidance or lessons from angels
Interactions with angels
Receiving news or warnings from angels
Money appearing just when its needed
Rescue from accidents or disasters
Being saved from death
Voices that spoke to you and helped you
Love that doesnt die
Dreams and premonitions that involved angels
Restoring faith because of an angel
If you submitted a story for a previous book title and we DID NOT publish it, please do submit it again if you think it will fit in this title. If we have already published your story in a previous book, do not submit it for this title. We will not publish it again.
The DEADLINE DATE for story and poem submissions is DECEMBER 31, 2018.
Stories about Miracles
Miracles do happen each and every day. Everyone has experienced events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment and give them hope for a better future. Why did these things happen? Is there an explanation? Or did these things seem to happen for no reason at all?
We are looking for true stories of no more than 1,200 words for this multi-faith book that will awe you with examples of amazing events and unexplained happenings. Share your inspirational stories with us to remind us that each day holds hope and to never give up. A miracle can happen at any time.
Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:
Dreams and premonitions
Miraculous healings or recoveries
Visions and revelations
When something, against all odds, worked out
Near misses and astonishing luck
Stories that make you say, youre not going to believe what just happened
Stories that have people exclaiming really?!!! when they finish reading them
If you submitted a story for a previous book title and we DID NOT publish it, please submit it again if you think it will fit in this title. If we have already published your story in a previous Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it to us again. We do not republish stories that we have already published.
The DEADLINE DATE for story and poem submissions has been extended to JUNE 30, 2019.
The Golden Years or Second Wind
So, youre a certain age now, and youre ready for whats next. You might be enjoying an empty nest, or starting a second career, or winding down a first one. You might be downsizing, or traveling, or caring for elderly parents.
You might be going on the adventure of a lifetime or taking long walks in the woods. The one thing you know for sure is that youre not ready to stop living! You feel energetic and young and there is still so much more to see and do and give and enjoy.
We are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60. Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:
Time for a new career
Trying new things
Bucket lists and adventure
Volunteering and mentoring
Exercising and sports
New love interests
The wisdom of age
or still raising grown children!
Moving to a new place
Moving to an active retirement community
Taking the time to do what youve always wanted to do
Handling loss and illness
Caring for elderly parents
Using new technology
Reinventing yourself, in big ways and small
Handling a spouses retirement or new career
Downsizing and moving
Divorce and recovery
The DEADLINE DATE for story and poem submissions has been extended to June 30, 2019.