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

Please read the conditions of entry before completing your story.

Submit your story along with the online entry form before the closing time 11.59 p.m., 8 April 2019.

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.