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101 Inspirational Stories of Energy, Endurance, and Endorphins

Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Amy Newmark

Many of you know that we originally planned this book to cover all three triathlon sports - running, swimming, and cycling - and we had titled it Endurance Sports. Our distributor Simon & Schuster advised us that there is much more interest in a book that focuses on running, so we are reorienting the book more towards running, but with a chapter on triathlons and cycling and swimming, since so many runners are fascinated by the prospect of trying out triathlons as well.

We have about 70 great stories selected so far for this book, and are looking for 30 more. Our November 30 deadline is rapidly approaching so we wanted to let all of our past contributors know about this opportunity. Stories about all aspects of running are welcomed: bonding with family, camaraderie, personal challenges, injuries, triumphs and defeats, what running means to you, and humor. we love funny, quirky, and unusual stories.

We prefer stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words. Stories should not have been previously published in our books or other major publications. Previous publication in school newsletters, local newspapers, and other small circulation venues is okay.

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.


DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 30, 2009. Book is scheduled for publication July 13, 2010.

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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