Te Papa Tupu 2014

TePapaTupu2014_webThe 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.

Terms and Conditions

Te Papa Tupu 2014 Flyer – please download and display.



  • Kia ora,
    Is the Te Papa Tupu program open to writers of Maori descent living in Australia?
    na Kerry

    • Kia ora Kerry and aroha mai for the very late response with this! I have just come onboard and am doing a clear-up of the website. We are running another Te Papa Tupu programme this year and if you would like some more details I will add your name to a list so we can email you. Let me know if you are still interested in this.

      Ngā mihi
      Jd Nodder
      Sales and Marketing Executive

      • That’s excellent news you are running another program this year. Would you please add my name to the list when further information on Te Papa Tupu is available? Nga mihi Aroha Bentson0272420043Creative WriterFreelance Photographer / ReporterDo you have a story you want covered? Contact me with all the details and I’ll assess the mission. 

      • Kia ora Aroha

        You were on our list to receive information about this year’s call for applications. An email was sent you at the end of February with the details. Did you receive this?

        Ngā mihi

  • Lucia May Hotere

    Kia ora I would like to know if I can submit my thesis as an entry?

    • Tēnā koe Lucia

      Aroha mai for such a late response! I am just cleaning up some things on the website and came across this! If you are still interested in participating in Te Papa Tupu there is a new round being run in 2016. You are welcome to submit this year.

      Thanks for your interest, Lucia.

      Ngā mihi
      Jd Nodder
      Sales and Marketing Executive

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