We are thrilled to announce the winners of the seventh annual My Child/Parenting Express short-story writing competition. This year we experienced a few hiccups and we’d like to thank the initial short-listed nine entrants and especially the final four for being so understanding and accepting of our revised circumstances. Thank you also to all entrants who gave their hearts and souls in their writing – we enjoyed reading every single story and it’s always a hard task trying to pick the final few. Congratulations to the four wonderful winners listed below!
“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*
I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves – thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.
* Gloria Steinem