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.

THE AWARDS 

  • 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

PRIZES

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.

SUBMITTING YOUR STORY

Entries for the 2019 Pikihuia Awards are now closed.

IMPORTANT DATES 2019

1 January – Entries Open

8 April – Entries Close

19 June – Finalists Announced

14 September – Winners Announced at the Pikihuia Awards Ceremony

THE AWARDS CEREMONY

The 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 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.