Thank you for considering donating an essay!
Here are the guidelines to contributing:
1) Choose a category: Moving Memories, Friendships, or Repatriation (scroll down for more detailed descriptions). Feel free to contribute one essay in each category. We will only accept one essay per category and author though, so better write three essays in different categories than multiples in the same category.
2) Share a TCK memory, the more honest and heartfelt the better of course.
3) Consider your audience: our target readers are middle and high schoolers. (If your story is more suited for other age groups, click here.)
4) Word limit: This isn’t a school assignment. Use as many words as you need. We might chop a few in the editing process, and if you notice that you’ve got more of a novel than an essay going, consider publishing that with us instead by clicking here.
5) Suggest a title for your essay.
6) Submit your essay. Either copy paste your essay into the field, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7) If we select your piece for publication, we will be in touch with a few quick questions and a legal doc to sign (don’t worry, we’ll let you keep your rights to your own words, we just need to have them too…)
8) Feel free to include pictures (that you own the rights too).
9) If you made it this far, you are a HERO! Thank you, from expatibooks, and all the kids who will feel a little more “at home” wherever they are thanks to you.
The questions below are just suggestions to give you an idea of the difference between the collections. They don’t have to be answered, You might have a completely different angle that suits the category perfectly. Be as creative as you want to be.
Share the memory of one of your moves. Which one stands out? Perhaps your first one? Or the one to your favourite/least favourite place? What were your first impressions? What memories still linger? How did you find out about it? How did you feel?
Are you still in touch with any of your childhood friends? Are they TCK’s too? How did you meet? What kind of relationship do you share now? Were or are your expectations on friendships the same as others around you? What is friendship?
Did you ever move back to your passport country? How was that? Was it easier or harder than your other moves? If you went back, are you still there? How did people see you when you returned? How did you perceive them? Was your image of your passport country aligned with the reality of it? What is your take on your passport country now?