We Are Our Words Writing Competition Launched

08 Apr 2020

Are you a writer? Do you have something you would like to say? To continue ongoing conversations and start new conversations, the Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand would like invite people to ignite conversations, revisit old discussions and share their knowledge and perspective. Whether you live with Cerebral Palsy, your child, sibling or family friend lives with Cerebral Palsy, you are a teacher or teacher aide, you are a physiotherapist, coach, speech therapist, other medical professional or a caregiver, we want to hear from you!

What can you write about?
You can write about anything you like. However, here are some ideas to get you thinking:

A letter to your future or past self.
A letter to future or past generations.
Memories or stories about growing up with Cerebral Palsy (or raising a child with Cerebral Palsy / working with people with Cerebral Palsy).
Challenges or opportunities you have had because of Cerebral Palsy.
Questions you would like to ask but you are too afraid to ask.
What would you do if you were the Prime Minister?
Topics could cover your day to day life, your experiences of therapy, employment experiences, school experiences, bullying, friendships, puberty, transition, anything you want to share.

Entry Information:
Name (You can use a fake name if you would like to stay anonymous).
Are you female, male or gender diverse?
Do you have:
Cerebral Palsy
A family member or friend living with Cerebral Palsy
Professional experience working with people with Cerebral Palsy?

Depending on the response we receive:
Your contribution may be published by the Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand:
On our website.
As part of future resources and projects.
As part of the Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand’s 70th Anniversary Celebrations.
Your contribution may be published in its entirety or we may just use specific quotes.
Used in academic research.

You may be judged by a team of internal and external critics and awarded a prize, for example:
Best Young Writer (for writers between 14 and 35).
Best Contribution from a Cerebral Palsy Society Member.
Best Family Advice.
Best Professional Contribution.
Public Choice.

Please submit entries to by June 29.