Wednesday, March 2, 2011

calling all funny adoptees: seeking submissions!

are you adopted? are you hilarious? do you like to write?

as an adoptee who doesn't take anything, including myself, too seriously, i think it's about time that there's a book about adoption that ISN'T heartwrenching, tear-jerking, super-sad, etc. etc.

so, if you have a funny, TRUE story that relates to being adopted in some way - whether it's speculating about your birthparents, getting an unexpected reaction from someone about the fact that you're adopted, or something completely different yet utterly chuckle-worthy, i want to hear it! i'm collecting these essays with the hopes of compiling them into a published, printed collection.

WORD COUNT: your submission should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words and double-spaced.

DEADLINE: may 1, 2011

DETAILS: please send your submission as a microsoft word attachment to kimwindyka@gmail.com along with your full name and contact info, and any relevant background information. feel free to email me with any questions as well.

thank you!

5 comments:

  1. Great idea! Wish I knew some more adopted people, I'd def send them your way!

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  2. Cool idea, Kim! I hope you receive lots of responses. I will forward this to a writer friend who was adopted.

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  3. Thanks so much, Sandy!! I figured it will be something to work on while I figure out that first book. :) I'm so bummed the class is over!

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  4. Kim: I am an adoptee who grew up in the 1960's-70's and searched and found in the 1980's. I have a short story excerpt from a memoir book I've written called, REUNIONS: Growing up Adopted and Finding Myself. It's "light" and humorous in spots but also thought-provoking. It was on-line published at Scinti.com in 2010 because it was 3rd place in a writing contest. I wanted to ask about that before just submitting. Is something pre-published on line acceptable? This is the link to my story, but I can send you an actual word doc as per requested. http://www.scinti.com/family-reunion/
    Paige

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    1. Hi Paige! I'm so happy you discovered this post, since I had kind of abandoned the idea when I didn't receive any submissions last year, but was just recently thinking of pursuing it again! I love your story, and think it would be great. I don't have representation for the project yet, but I'm hoping to gather a few samples to include with the proposal and would love for yours to be one of them if that would be okay with you! E-mail me at kimwindyka@gmail.com and let me know. Thanks so much!

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