The purpose of the upcoming anthology, “Lions Roaring, Far From Home,” is to share the voices of Ethiopian adoptees. It is also in honor of Hana Williams, the young adoptee who died far too soon, voiceless and alone. Finally, the anthology will support our work to create a guesthouse in Addis Ababa for returning adoptees from around the world.
July 15 is our deadline for accepting submissions: please consider writing. Let us know if you’d like to write something, even if you think you can’t make the deadline. Please pass this on to potential writers.
We are thrilled with the submissions so far for the anthology. We have received wonderful essays from France, Holland, Sweden, Australia, Canada, the US, and Ethiopia. We are reaching out to famous adoptees whose writing may be included, and we are seeking a solid range of perspectives about Ethiopian adoption.
Here are some possible questions for you to answer. These are ideas, or prompts, to help you get started. Use them if you want. If you want to write about something else, no problem.
What did it mean for you to be an Ethiopian adoptee when you were growing up? How did your family explain things? How did other children respond to your being adopted and Ethiopian?
What does it mean to you to be Ethiopian, and African, as well as a citizen of the country to which you were adopted?
How have you been affected by racism? In your family, school, work?
Have you visited or lived in Ethiopia? What was that like for you?
If you haven’t been back to Ethiopia, would you like to return someday? Why? What would you like to do there? If you don’t want to go back, why not?
What was your image of Ethiopia when you were growing up? Has your view of Ethiopia changed over the years? Why?
Have you searched for your Ethiopian family, or reunited with them? If yes, how has that process been? If not, why not?
What advice would you give to young Ethiopian adoptees, or to adoptive parents?
What have been the easiest and hardest parts of being an Ethiopian adoptee?
If you are a parent, how have you explained being an Ethiopian adoptee to your children?
You are not limited in what you can write about, as long as it is in some way about the connection to Ethiopia from the perspective of an Ethiopian adoptee.
Length: Between one and six double spaced pages, or between 750 and 2500 words. Those are rough estimates. We want to read what you write, so don’t worry too much about the length. We will certainly look at essays that are fewer than 750 words.
Don’t worry about perfect grammar and spelling. This isn’t a test; you’re not going to be graded. We can work with you to polish the writing.
We want to hear what you have to say.
Please send your submission (and any questions) to Maureen@LightOfDayStories.com. Thanks!
Original artwork by Yadesa Bojia