Elsie Locke Writing Prize – 2013 Competition
We are very sorry to announce that, due to circumstances over which the Trust has no control, there will be no Elsie Locke Writing Competition for 2013. We hope to be able to announce the 2014 competition before the end of this year.
Elsie Locke Writing Prize – 2012 Winner
The winner of the 2012 competition is Charlotte Williams from Ross Intermediate School, Palmerston North. This is the second time in four years that the winning entry has come from Ross Intermediate. Students were asked to imagine their community had been devastated by a natural disaster. They then had to develop ideas about what their rebuilt community should be like.
Over four hundred entries were received, all of which took various forms (letters to the local council, blogs, and recounts were all popular). The winning piece was written as a series of emails between a great-grandmother and her granddaughters.
“Past, Present, and Future caught our attention because it was personal and had a great sense of warmth and immediacy,” said the judges. “Charlotte’s ideas were clearly expressed and well organised – but they als o showed great maturity. And we especially liked the way she incorporated the perspectives of different generations, without the material feeling forced. It was a clever way to give a voice to several characters.”
Next year’s competition will be announced shortly.
You can read Charlotte’s story here
For more information on the Elsie Locke Writing Prize, including previous winners, see here