I’m excited to announce the CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for the Operation Beautiful book! :)  I am looking for 125 notes and/or stories to be included in the book,  which will be published in Fall 2010 by Gotham Books. 


  • Has Operation Beautiful changed the way you see yourself?
  • Have you posted a note in a unique place?
  • Do you have an amazing story to share with the world?  Specifically, I’m looking for stories about body image, family, friends, food, fitness, random acts of kindness, and faith.


If so, I want to hear from YOU! I am looking for:


  • Notes with unique messages.  For a list of inspirational quotes, check out Great Minds and Inspirational Quotes. Or come up with your own message!
  • Notes in unique places.  Think beyond the bathroom mirror – post an Operation Beautiful note in an unusual place:
    • On a bottle of diet pills, 100-calorie packs, or diet shakes
    • On a car windshield
    • At the hospital
    • In your classroom
    • At the hair salon
    • In a magazine
    • In a menu at a restaurant
    • In a library book
    • At the dog park
    • On your race number during a 5K
    • Written in chalk on a sidewalk
    • And more!
  • Stories of why YOU are truly beautiful.  Whether you’re 10 years old or 70 years old, there is something that makes you amazing.   Again, I’m looking for stories about body image, family, friends, food, fitness, random acts of kindness, and faith.  I want to hear your message!


Enter your note and story using this form.  Over the next two weeks, I will review all the submissions I receive and select the 125 most creative notes and/or touching stories to be included in the Operation Beautiful book!  :) 


Also, I’ll select 19 notes for the following prizes…


GRAND PRIZE: A $100 Spa Finder Gift Certificate


The lucky Grand Prize winner will receive an $100 SpaFinder.com gift certificateSpaFinder.com gift certificates are accepted at over 5,000 participating spas worldwide for spa treatments, vacation experiences, spa products, and more!  You can get a massage, facial, mani and pedi, or whatever your little heart desires! 🙂


Prize #2 – #5:  A Stonyfield Farm gift bag!

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Four lucky note writers will receive this amazing swag bag from Stonyfield Farm (my favorite yogurt company!).  Each prize pack contains:


  • Reusable Oikos shopping bag
  • Spatula with yogurt recipe cards
  • Organic cotton Oikos t-shirt
  • Stonyfield baseball hat
  • A copy of the Food Inc. book
  • "Why Eat Organic?" DVD
  • 2 Free 16 oz. Oikos coupons
  • 4 Free 5.3 oz. Oikos coupons
  • 1 Stonyfield coupon book worth $5


Prize #6:  Oh She Glows Glo Bar Variety Pack!

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The winner of Prize #6will receive 20 Glo Bars in a variety of flavors.  You’ve read about them on Oh She Glows, now try these delicious bars for yourself!


Prize #7 – #10:  A POM Wonderful Prize Pack!


Four lucky winners will receive a case of POM Wonderful juice or a POM Wonderful multi-pack shipped right to their front door!  Plus, each winner will get tons of coupons!


Prize #11:  A Piece of Handmade Jewelry from DragonFlie Designs!


One lucky winner will receive any piece of jewelry they want from the DragonFlie Designs collection!  All of the necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are beautiful — you’ll have a hard time choosing!


Prize #12 – #17:  Superchick CDs!


Five winners will receive the new Superchick CD, Rock What You Got, and one lucky winner will receive the entire Superchick music library. Superchick, a Christian alternative pop/rock band, sounds similar to No Doubt or Avril Lavigne, and their awesome power ballads draw in fans of all faiths (or even no organized faith, like me!).  Their song "So Beautiful" is the official Operation Beautiful rock song — check out the video here!  Perfect motivational workout music, in my opinion!


Prize #18:  Feelgoodz Flip Flops!

One winner will receive a pair of Feelgoodz flip flops!  Not only are Feelgoodz comfortable, Feelgoodz is committed to creating a sustainable business that is both environmentally- and socially-friendly.  According to Feelgoodz, “We use biodegradable natural rubber.  We use hemp and bamboo.  We use recycled paper and recycled flop hangers.  Also, it is imperative that our Thai employees are treated fairly.  We don’t condone child labor.  We demand fair wages.  We expect proper working conditions.” 


Prize #19:  The Official Operation Beautiful T-Shirt!

One winner will receive the Operation Beautiful T-Shirt.  I love wearing this shirt because people always read the front, smile, and say “THANK YOU!”  :) 




This contest will take place from October 5 to October 19 – you have two weeks to brainstorm your creative note and send it in!  Multiple entries are accepted.  Remember, I’m looking for creative notes in unusual places, and I’d love to hear YOUR story about why you are truly beautiful.  Here are some examples of creative notes.  I’ll choose 125 notes to be featured in the book and 19 readers will win the awesome prizes described above! 




To enter your note in the contest, visit the Submissions Page on Operation Beautiful.



  • Diana October 5, 2009, 11:23 am

    Oh wow. So many things!
    I’ll definitely participate. 🙂

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life October 5, 2009, 11:24 am

    Hey Caitlin,

    Are you taking into consideration notes that have already been submitted??

    • Caitlin October 5, 2009, 11:26 am

      in general, no. the publisher wants entirely new content for the book. i may use stories and quotes from previously submitted work, but i won’t be repeating notes. sorry 🙁

  • Heather October 5, 2009, 11:26 am

    hooray! am so excited.
    i have been drafting a blog on how Operation Beautiful has helped me and my challenge – instead will use it as for submission 🙂


  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 5, 2009, 11:33 am

    This is so super cool. Exciting!

  • Runeatrepeat October 5, 2009, 11:37 am

    Can we submit more than one note?

    • Caitlin October 5, 2009, 11:42 am

      Yes! The more, the merrier!

  • Meg C. October 5, 2009, 11:51 am

    ohh i am sooo going to submit an awesome note!! i hope i win!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 5, 2009, 11:52 am

    I’ll definitely get to work on submitting something! Love it!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 5, 2009, 12:08 pm

    BTW Do you have business cards for Operation Beautiful or anything? I was thinking of passing the url out at my weight watchers meeting!

    • Caitlin October 5, 2009, 12:11 pm

      no… i need to get on that. i will get some printed and mail you a few!

  • christie, honoring health October 5, 2009, 12:10 pm

    Wow, Caitlin, what an exciting time!! I need to start brainstorming!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 5, 2009, 12:11 pm

    So exciting! I have some great ideas for submission!

  • kirsten October 5, 2009, 12:34 pm

    great contest!! i need to think of some ideas!

  • Evan Thomas October 5, 2009, 12:42 pm

    Great idea. I might even have to get in on the action. I’ll have to do some thinking though because I don’t think on the men’s room mirror will be a great place for a note haha

  • Jenna October 5, 2009, 12:48 pm

    wow! this is the biggest giveaway everrrr! can’t wait to submit my ideas!

  • Chrissy October 5, 2009, 12:48 pm

    Do you have in mind how many words at most the stories should be? I’d hate to give you something way too short, or way too long!! 🙂

    • Caitlin October 5, 2009, 12:57 pm

      as looooooooooooong or as short as you want. if i need more information for the book (which im sure i will), i will contact you for more information. or, if your story is too long, i will just edit it down. so, spill your guts. 🙂

  • Stephanie October 5, 2009, 1:16 pm

    Great contest! and am I the only one who noticed husband creepin in the background? 😉

  • syl October 5, 2009, 1:23 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    just wondering if the public is able to order your operation beautiful t-shirt. Are they for sale? Sorry if I missed a post along the way but I don’t think I have 🙂

  • Gillian October 5, 2009, 1:31 pm

    Working on Operation Beautiful Paris!

  • syl October 5, 2009, 1:32 pm

    Thanks! Just ordered one, can’t wait for it to arrive 🙂

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness October 5, 2009, 2:27 pm

    Wow!!! What a great giveaway… and I’m sure you’ll get some AMAZING submissions!!!!!!!!! Perhaps a bloggy-book signing is in your future!?!?

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 5, 2009, 3:35 pm

    What a wonderful idea, Caitlin! I will try to get an entry in…..this month is very crazy for me at work & home but I would love to enter…….=) Laura

  • Jessica October 5, 2009, 4:23 pm

    Caitlin! I LOVE the idea! This book is really touching me to the core, and your message is powerful! I am planning to submit a story in the next day or so! Thank you! Bless you!

  • Brooke October 5, 2009, 5:05 pm

    Hi bong, I mean Beautiful, leader Caitlin! I shall be submitting my entries today or tomorrow…once I get to the bookstore and buy some scotch tape. Woop woop! I just imagine you holding Operation Beautiful tours around college campuses (COME TO VERMONT… we have a b!tchload of granola ;)) like the PostSecret homeboy does! YoU GO GUURRRLLL!!

  • Haylee D. October 5, 2009, 5:51 pm

    YAY!!! I just entered 😀

  • Kim October 5, 2009, 7:42 pm

    Wow… that song is AWESOME!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) October 5, 2009, 7:54 pm

    Caitlin, this is amazing! I am so glad I saw this on Meghann’s blog because I completely missed the post where you told us to update our readers. I’ve been missing out! I’m feeling much better now, though!

  • junghwa October 5, 2009, 9:24 pm

    this is beautiful!
    I submitted!

  • Tanya October 6, 2009, 6:12 pm

    I love the message that you are sending out. I am recovering from an eating disorder that ruled most of my high school and college life. I think everyone needs to remember that being beautiful should not be determined by Vouge, but by how healthy and happy a woman feels.

  • best life May 22, 2012, 2:52 am

    just wanna ask is this contest still open or it closed now .

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