The Pikihuia Awards
The Pikihuia Awards, formerly known as the Huia Short Story Awards and the E Tuhi! Writing 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 Written in English
• Best Short Story Written in Te reo Māori
• Best Novel Extract
• Best Short Film Script
• Best Short Story by a secondary school student in Te Reo Māori
• Best Short Story by a secondary school student in English
The 2017 Pikihuia Awards ceremony will be help in September; entries have closed. The selected judging panel can be found here. Entrants of each category, except the secondary school categories, are eligible to win a cash prize of $2000. The student categories are eligible to win $500 and $250 worth of Huia books for their entries.
All shortlisted entries in the Novel Extract and Short Story Written in English and Māori categories are published in a Huia Short Stories Collection.
At each awards ceremony 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.