This year’s competition

The theme for 2017 was:
A story set in early New Zealand that is about exploration, a discovery, or an encounter.

The winning entry was The Moa by Lucy Buchanan from Matamata Intermediate School.  Our warmest congratulations to her.

image of a maori girl sitting on a rock, looking behind her at a moa.

You can read Lucy’s story at Previous Winners.

The Elsie Locke Trust welcomes feedback from schools and students on the competition, especially topics (suggestions for future topics are welcome) and timing (which is constrained by publication dates for the School Journal). Please send your comments to