The Pikihuia Awards 2019
The Pikihuia Awards, formerly known as the Huia Short Story Awards, was created in 1995 and is a biennial writer’s competition created with the aim of discovering and promoting new and emerging Māori writers. The awards encourage diverse Māori viewpoints and writing in both English and Maori, and recognize six categories:
• Best Short Story by a secondary school student in Māori
• Best Short Story by a secondary school student in English
• Unpublished writers in English
• Unpublished writers in Māori
• Best Short Film Script
• Published writers in English
• Published writers in Māori
The 2019 Pikihuia Awards ceremony will be held 14 September; entries open 1 January 2019. The student categories are eligible to win $500 and $250 worth of Huia books for their entries. Entrants of all other category, are eligible to win a cash prize of $2000.
All shortlisted entries are published in a 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.
For information on previous winners, click here.