Saturday, February 28, 2015

#FLIP THE SCRIPT: Call for Submissions

We are thrilled to announce the AN-YA Project’s next literary journey:

#Flip the Script:

Adult Adoptee Anthology

Edited by:

 Rosita González, Amanda Transue-Woolston, LSW, Diane René Christian

#Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology  is a collective writing & art anthology sponsored by The AN-YA Project. The purpose of this project is to compile a broad spectrum of adoptee points of view through literature and art. We ask contributors to reflect on the #FlipTheScript social media movement, what it means to them, and what it means to own the title “adoptee”.  This anthology will be a collection of personal encounters, viewpoints, and goals for the direction adoptees are headed— both as individuals and as a collective voice which encompasses millions of unique journeys.

Writers & Artists must be Adult Adoptees (18+)

Submission Process:

Writers—include a brief bio with your submission. Font: Times New Roman. Line: Double Spaced. Maximum Word Count: 2000. Please submit your work in a Word document via email to [DianeChristian] (remove brackets) Original Work Only. (Seeking: Essays, Poetry, Lyrics, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, etc.) Contact us with any questions.

Artists— please submit your artwork (Black & White only) as a photographed or scanned high resolution jpeg w/ a 300 ppi via email to: [DianeChristian] (remove brackets)  Include a brief bio with your submission. Original Work Only. (Seeking any artwork which can be reproduced in Black & White for printing purposes.) Contact us with any questions.

Deadline for Submissions:
June 1st, 2015 (Accepted contributors will be notified by July 3, 2015.)

 History of the #FliptheScript Movement

The campaign to #FliptheScript on #NationalAdoptionMonth (2014) was seeded in the introductory video promotion for the anthology Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth (2014). In it, editor and Lost Daughter, Amanda Transue-Woolston, LSW said she hoped that Dear Wonderful You would flip the script on the discourse of adoption.

Hearing these words, editor and Lost Daughter, Rosita Gonzàlez, clung to the phrase. Having returned from a visit to her birth country and confirming the fabrication of her mid-November birthdate, she began brainstorming. In a Lost Daughters call-to-action blogpost on November 1, she asked her fellow Lost Daughters and her followers on Twitter to tag tweets during the month of November with the hashtags #FliptheScript, #NationalAdoptionMonth and #OrphanSunday. She asked adult adoptees to share their narratives in hopes of equalizing the media’s coverage of adoption.

As National Adoption Month 2014 progressed, the media took notice of all the varying voices of adoptees. Huffington Post, The New York Times and Fox affiliates in major US cities amplified the many valid voices of adult adoptees.

The voices have continued into 2015 with coverage of adoptee issues in The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine and Time Magazine.

The Movement Continues

Momentum is ongoing. To continue the conversation, the editors ask for adoptees to elaborate on what it means to own the title “adoptee”.

There are things adoptees know about themselves …and things they were not told by their adoptive parents, things they were not told by their adoption agencies, things they were not told by their first parents.

These “things” are their experiences. Yet historically, they have been overshadowed by the narratives of agencies and adoptive parents. By sharing varying adoptee narratives— a reader can not only begin to understand adoption, but also see how adoption intersects with other aspects of an adoptee’s life.

As Gazillion Voices founder, Kevin Vollmers stated in his television interview, “Adoptees bring to the table a unique discourse because we aren’t singularly focused on adoption, as adoptive parents and mainstream discourse holders tend to be. We have a uniquely intersectional perspective, voicing views on race, sexism, displacement, migration, etc.”

Co-Founders Diane René Christian & Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman, PhD
Email: [DianeChristian] (remove brackets)

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