Elsie Locke

The Elsie Locke Writing Prize 2020

It’s been another fantastic year for the Elsie Locke Writing Prize!

The topic for 2020 was, “Life as a new New Zealander” and we had lots of fun reading the entries.

The winning entry was highly original, expertly written, and demonstrated both heart and humour.

Congratulations to Heidi Wang from Kohia Terrace School!

Heidi’s story, “Far from Home” was instantly engaging, and we enjoyed reading it. Congratulations, Heidi!

We would also like to acknowledge nine other writers, whose entries were outstanding:

  • Karthiga Raveenthiran, Farm Cove Intermediate School
  • Zakkai Masoe, Postgate School
  • Nora Caffery, Saint Kentigern Girls’ School
  • Siu Ala, Brandon Intermediate School
  • Nadia Zintl, St Mary’s School, Blenheim
  • Siina Cooke, Whangaparaoa College
  • Sophie Steffens, Halswell School
  • Kyla Chen, Tauranga Intermediate
  • Lauren McKenzie, Southland Girls’ High School

Want to read Heidi’s story?
“Far from Home” will be published in the Level 4 School Journal, November 2020. You’ll also be able to read it online in November. You can read winning stories from other years at Previous Winners.

A big thanks to every student who submitted a story and to the teachers who supported their students throughout the writing process.

See you next year!