Te Papa Tupu (OLD)

Whakatupu Kaituhi / Developing Writers

Writers can improve their skills in the Te Papa Tupu writing programme and in workshops held throughout the year.

Te Papa Tupu Programme - 6 months

The writing programme is specifically for writers who have completed a first draft of their manuscript and looking to take a step forward in their journey to publishing. 

Chosen writers are partnered with a mentor to polish their manuscript and improve their writing skills, all to meet the end goal of having a publishable manuscript. Writers will also receive financial support, attend workshops and writers’ festivals, and become part of a writing community.

At the end of the programme, each writer submits their manuscript to Huia Publishers.

Who can apply? 

Māori writers who live in Aotearoa and have a completed manuscript.
Writers of novels, short stories, children’s books, young adult novels and non-fiction written in English or te reo Māori.
Writers who are committed to attend, learn, and fulfil their dream of being published.

Read the application guidelines for the entry criteria and key dates for the programme.

Applications for Te Papa Tupu open in January 2022

Writer Reactions

Read about the writers and their experience.


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