The Elsie Locke Writing Prize, 2022 - Shortlist

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted their writing for the Elsie Locke competition. We so enjoyed reading all your work!

Here is a list of young writers who's writing made it to the shortlist. Congratulations to you all – we can't wait to hear from you again!

- Special Times by Cindy Craig, age 9
- Master Storytellers by Bridget Lewes Murray, age 12
- Kororā by Keshia Linyard, age 13
- The Lost World by Emma Sciutto, age 12
- Ode to My Chickens by Theo Davis, age 11
- Imprisoned by Liadán Baker-Seoighe, age 10

You can read their amazing work in Toitoi 29.

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The Elsie Locke Writing Prize, 2023

Deadline: To be announced
Email: elsielockeprize@toitoi.nz
Publication: Term 4, 2023

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A National Treasure

Elsie Locke lived an extraordinary life and continues to inspire many young writers.

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About Elsie Locke

Elsie Locke was a writer, broadcaster, social historian, environmentalist, and an activist for peace and civil rights. She campaigned for women’s rights, nuclear disarmament, social justice, and the environment.

Learn more about Elsie's life here.

Elsie was also a writer. She wrote stories and books about New Zealand and its history for children and for adults, and enjoyed writing by young people as much as writing for them. Elsie was a contributor to the School Journal for more than 40 years.

You can read some of her stories here.

Elsie learned to speak te reo Maori as an adult and used her analytical skills to support iwi to research the history of their land. She was also a keen tramper and swimmer, and brought up four children.

See some photos from Elsie's life here.

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Artist credits (left to right and down): Elsie Locke, photographs courtesy of Don Locke; Boy and the Grasshopper, Toitoi 29, pictures by Max Senior, age 13; Taniwha, Toitoi 19, pictures by Vita Lawson, age 13; Cousins, Chaos and Camping, Toitoi 17, pictures by Matilda Wake-Willers, age 13.