Te Papa Tupu

A mentoring programme for aspiring Māori writers


Te Papa Tupu is a programme specifically for Māori writers who have written a complete manuscript, a first draft, and are looking to further develop it to be publication ready.

Awarded biennially to six writers, a position in this programme is highly valued. Chosen writers spend six months working alongside a mentor to improve their creative writing techniques and develop a second draft. It is a unique programme that encourages writers to stand tall as Māori and to support each other.

Writers receive a stipend, attend workshops and writers’ festivals and become part of a writing community.

Established in 2010, Te Papa Tupu has seen writers go on to publish their first book, and now these writers are publishing further books and receiving international and national recognition.

Past participants include Jacquie McRae, Mark Sweet, Whiti Hereaka, Steph Matuku and Shilo Kino. Moreover, Jacquie McRae and Whiti Hereaka are now mentors in the programme, supporting a new wave of talented writers.

Currently closed

Applying for the programme

Submissions for Te Papa Tupu will open on 1 January 2022.

Information about the submission guidelines can be found herePlease read these carefully before completing the online entry form.

Contact the programme administrator for any enquiries: tepapatupu@huia.co.nz

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