Toitoi and the Elsie Locke Trust are proud to announce the 2022 winner of the Elsie Locke Writing Prize is Emma Geddes, age 12, from St Andrews College in Christchurch. Emma won with her beautiful poem, Boy and the Grasshopper, which has been published in Toitoi 29 with illustrations by Max Senior, age 13.
Follow the link below to read the judges’ comments from Elsie's granddaughter, Jessie Moss, and great-granddaughter, Kaahuia, age 12.
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.
Deadline: To be announced
Publication: Term 4, 2023
Elsie Locke lived an extraordinary life and continues to inspire many young writers.Learn more
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.