We're collecting Stories for Sports Fan's Soul II
NEEDED: Your favorite true story, article or anecdote and your favorite cartoon or coach's motto that will inspire and entertain SPORTS FANS around the world. We are compiling Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan's Soul II and invite you to participate.
Millions of people around the world have been encouraged and awakened by the stories in the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. There are more than 40 million copies and 17 titles in print in the Unites States and 33 different translations underway!
Sports pages and sportscasts used to be filled with uplifting stories of how sports an competition led us to be stronger, more in-command and self-confident, resourceful individuals. We could rely on sports coverage to give us "good news" we identified with and used to boost our day. Now the "bad news" gets the lead - contract disputes, holdouts, strikes, the latest arrest or accusation, another confrontation between player and umpire or coach and owner. The good news gets buried. Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan's Soul is on its way to help balance the perspective and rejuice the joy for SPORTS!
Some ideas on where stories come from:
We welcome your true stories.
These may be ones you've heard or experienced, or one of your personal favorites collected over the years from magazines, newspapers, or other sources. Submit as many stories as you have that fit the goal - true stories that leave the reader with goose bumps or butterflies, heartfelt tears, an "aaahh" feeling or encouraged, even an exalted sense of being alive. (See What a Chicken Soup story Is ... and Isn't below.) Of course, sports / athletics / physical training / competition / individual or team play will be at the heart of what happens in the story.
Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged.
Submit true stories (up to 1200 words), as well as anecdotes, poems, maxims, aphorisms or coaching mottos about sports and competition, even cartoons.
We will credit the person who submits the story as the author or contributor. Each contributor will have a short biography in the back of the book including contact information. Please include this with your submission (up to 50 words).
This is an exciting project, one which helps every contributor, every reader, and in the end, community youth programs. We hope you will join the fun and participate.
A Chicken Soup story Is...
an inspirational, true story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things - a story that opens the heart and re-kindles the spirit.
What a Chicken Soup story Isn't...
a sermon or lecture.
It isn't "My Grandma Just Died and Let Me Tell You What a Wonderful Person She Was" or "Let Me Tell You About My Disease or Operation."
It isn't "I Gave A Bum Some Money, Aren't I Wonderful?" or "Why My Mother is the Best Mother."
Nor is it (and this is our favorite) "My Mom Died, But She Sent Me a Message Through a License Plate..." (Yes, this was a real story.)
A Chicken Soup story is not a term paper, classroom assignment, thesis, letter or journal entry. It isn't a political statement or private agenda piece.
A Chicken Soup story IS...
a simple, direct telling of a moment or event that touches the soul of the readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives.
Chicken Soup stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama - made to come alive by vivid images calling on the five senses. In some stories, the reader feels he or she is actually "there" in the scene with the people involved.
Chicken Soup stories have heart, but also something extra - an element that makes us feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate, and better about life. They often end with a punch, creating emotion rather than talking about it.
So, send us your stories.
By snail mail:
Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan’s Soul
P. O. Box 1500
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Your name, address, phone are required to sumbit the form. Please include a Fax if you have one, and a 50-word bio for the Contributor’s section.
If the story is from another source, you can send a photocopy of the story, article, or cartoon from a book, magazine, etc., with the proposed section highlighted. Be sure to include the author's name and the title of the book or publication.