Call for Submissions: 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days

Last year, I ran a special series on my blog called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, and I invited people to submit their own personal essays about how adoption has affected them.  The result was an astonishingly beautiful series with brave, honest essays by adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, and waiting adoptive parents.

In seven weeks, I will host the second annual Adoption Portraits series, and I have already received lovely submissions, with the majority coming from adoptive mothers and birthmothers.

It is my goal to provide a voice to as many different perspectives as possible, and therefore I am carefully choosing a balance of pieces that will represent a diverse collection of perspectives.  Naturally, I can only provide as much diversity as I receive in submissions, and it is for this reason that I am calling for additional submissions, from people who fit the following profiles:

  • Birthfathers
  • Adoptive fathers
  • Adoptees
  • Parents who have adopted through the foster care system

This does not mean I will not read additional submissions from birthmothers and adoptive mothers, but it does mean that I am more likely to choose further pieces from people in the above list.

If your piece does not make it into the series, take heart, because I do also run guest pieces once a month, and I will do my best to make sure that as many essays as possible are eventually featured.  But there is no doubt that the volume of page hits during the series is high (in the hundreds of thousands), and I understand how strongly people want to be selected for this reason.  I would like to share stories of open and closed adoptions, domestic and international adoptions, etc.

If your story is not chosen, this is not a reflection of the impact of your story, nor of your writing ability.  It may simply be that I have already received a sufficient number of stories from a similar perspective (although I know that no two stories are EVER the same).

But, if you happen to be in one of the categories I highlighted above, I am still interested in receiving additional pieces, and I would love to see what you submit!

Here are the guidelines:

  • Unique pieces only (nothing that has already been published on your own blogs or on other sites).
  • 750-2000 words
  • Submission deadline is October 15, 2012, but the sooner you send your piece in, the greater your chances.

Please send your submission essay to  I will send you an email by the end of October notifying you if your piece has been selected and asking for byline info and a photo (if you choose to feature a photo).

Thank you for helping to make the Adoption Portraits series so very special!

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