This year’s competition

Elsie Locke Writing Prize is back!

The Elsie Locke Writing Prize will resume in 2022 in collaboration with Totoi, the magazine that publishes original writing of all kinds by young people themselves.  This year’s competition will be different from previous years.

This year we are asking young writers aged 5 to 13 to develop a piece of writing inspired by New Zealand history or Elsie Locke’s work for peace, the environment, women’s issues and her community.

Submissions can be writing of any sort on any 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.

Submissions are open now.
Submissions close: July 8, 2022
Email for submissions:
Word limit for submission: 1500 words
Include: your name, age, school and a parent or teacher’s name and contact details.

For other submission guidelines, see the Toitoi website.