The Pikihuia Awards (formerly the Huia Short Story Awards) is a biennial 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.
- First-time Writer in te reo Māori
- First-time Writer in English
- Emerging Writer in te reo Māori
- Emerging Writer in English
- Published Writer in te reo Māori
- Published Writer in English
The winner of each category will receive a $2000 cash prize each. Finalists who are highly commended in each category will receive a cash prize of $500 each.
Selected winners and finalists are published in the Huia Short Stories Collection.
IMPORTANT DATES 2019
January – Entries Open
April – Entries Close
June – Finalists Announced
September – Winners Announced at the Pikihuia Awards Ceremony
THE AWARDS CEREMONY
The 2019 Pikihuia Awards ceremony is held in Wellington. It is a fun event to celebrate and acknowledge the finalists and launch the Huia Short Stories Collection.
From time to time we also recognise a life-time 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.