Te Papa Tupu 2014
The Māori Literature Trust, with the support of Creative New Zealand, Te Puni Kokiri and Huia Publishers, is offering an opportunity for six talented Māori writers to participate in Te Papa Tupu, a six month intensive writing programme. The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for selected writers to develop their writing skills, with the possibility of having their work published. Writers will be given a basic living allowance for the six-month programme and they will be required to submit pieces of work on a regular basis to a mentor who will provide support and suggestions.
What kind of people can enter the competition?
The Māori Literature Trust is a charitable trust which was established to broaden the range of Māori perspectives in New Zealand literature. It does this by identifying and developing Māori writers working in both English and Māori languages. In past competitions, entries have come from a wide range of people from all walks of life – from those who have completed creative writing courses, to those who write stories for their tamariki or mokopuna. You may have examples of writing that you’ve started and never quite finished, or short stories that with potential. You could already be published or have completed writing fellowships or courses but need time to develop a particular piece that you don’t have time to work on. We also encourage entries from a wide variety of forms: from novels and short stories through to scripts, wordless books, or digital storytelling. You may be writing urban legends, romantic fiction, a blog, or the memoirs of a whānau member. Whatever the case we want to hear your stories and need your entries as soon as possible. Examples of work should include an application form and be received by Huia Publishers by 5.00pm, Friday 11 July 2014. Writers of Māori descent living in Aotearoa New Zealand are invited to submit their work in either English or Te Reo Māori. Submitted work should be 5,000 – 50,000 words and may be a finished piece or a working manuscript.
Te Papa Tupu Programme Outline
Six successful writers from Te Papa Tupu writing competition will be selected and announced by Tuesday 29 July. These writers will become Ākonga (students) of the Te Papa Tupu Programme and will be expected to start the programme by attending the first workshop in Wellington on the 1st and 2nd of August 2014. Mentors for Te Papa Tupu are experienced within the publishing industry, whether as writers or editors and ākonga are matched with mentors based on style or genre.
What is expected from Ākonga?
As a participant of the Te Papa Tupu programme you will work with a mentor from the 1st of August 2014 for 6 months. Ākonga will be expected to work autonomously in their own home and email work to their mentors in due time. Around 25 – 35 hours per week is envisaged for the work load you are expected to undertake and all Ākonga will be paid a weekly allowance during the incubator period. Ākonga will be expected to organise their own travel arrangements to workshops and meetings. There will be about 2 workshops or working meetings in the 6 month period.
Online Entry Form – please complete and upload with your entry.
PDF Entry Form – please fill out and send in with your entry.
Te Papa Tupu 2014 Flyer – please download and display.