Call for Submissions: 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days 8th Annual Series

Call for Submissions: 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days 8th Annual Series

Welcome to Portrait of an Adoption! So happy you are here. In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, I will be running the eighth annual special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.

The series is designed to give a voice to many different people with widely varying perspectives on adoption. Some stories will describe heartwarming and uplifting experiences, while others will reflect the pain, darkness, and grief often embedded in adoption.

In an effort to provide an authentic portrayal of what adoption means to different people, my series will feature guest posts by adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, relatives of adoptees, and foster parents.

If you are interested in submitting your story, please note the following submission guidelines:

  • Email a personal essay about your adoption experience to
  • Essays should be 1,000 to 2,500 words. Please include a 2-3 sentence bio with any links to your work and an optional photo.
  • Submission deadline is October 15, 2018, but I pick posts on a first come, first serve basis, so the sooner you send in your piece, the better to guarantee a spot.
  • It is very important to me that the series has a good flow and an emotional balance. As such, I try to pick stories that are not too similar to each other. If I receive a bunch of fantastic essays that are from a common perspective, I will only run a couple of them, so that we can represent multiple experiences.

Remember, I can only run stories from the options that have been submitted, so if you have a story to tell and you want to see your voice represented, send it in! Men, women, teens – everyone is invited to send a story. 

Carrie Goldman is an award-winning author, speaker, and bullying prevention educator. Follow Carrie's blog Portrait of an Adoption on Facebook and Twitter

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