We are thrilled to announce that the Elsie Locke Writing Prize is coming to Toitoi in Term 2, 2022. The prize commemorates Elsie Locke's life and career as a writer, historian and activist.
The Writing Prize is offered by the Elsie Locke Memorial Trust. It provides a wonderful opportunity for young writers ages 5-13 to develop an original piece of writing for publication inspired by New Zealand history and Elsie's work for peace, the environment, women’s issues, and our community.
Submissions can be any writing on a topic - past, present or future - that you think would have been of interest to Elsie. For example: personal narratives, poems, articles, essays, speeches or plays.
The winner will receive $250 and their story will be published in Toitoi 29. They will also receive a copy of Toitoi's latest hardback publication - Jillion 2.
Email your writing to email@example.com by July 8, 2022 and include your name, age, school and a parent or teacher’s name and contact details.
Check out the submissions guidelines below, then take the leap! We can't wait to hear from you.
Elsie Locke reading to a class at South Brighton School.
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.
Deadline: July 8, 2022
Publication: Term 4, 2022
Elsie Locke lived an extraordinary life and continues to inspire many young writers.Learn more