About the Awards

The Pikihuia Awards (formerly the Huia Short Story Awards) is a biennial short fiction competition that started in 1995 to discover and recognise Māori writers. The awards encourage diverse Māori viewpoints and writing in both te reo Māori and English.

There are six award categories for first-time writers, emerging writers and published writers in both te reo Māori and English.

The winner of each category will receive a $2000 cash prize. Two highly commended finalists in each category will receive a cash prize of $500 each. Selected winners and finalists are published in the Huia Short Stories collection – a contemporary fiction series published by Huia Publishers.


Entries for the 2021 Pikihuia Awards will open early 2021.


The awards ceremony is held in Wellington to announce the winners and launch the Huia Short Stories collection.

From time to time, we also recognise a lifetime contribution to New Zealand literature with the presentation of a Special Award. Past recipients of this award include Dame Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira and Sir Hirini Moko Mead.

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