2021 Key Award Dates
Final submissions due
Finalists announced – up to six in each category
Awards ceremony – all winners announced
8 February 2021
12 April 2021
9 June 2021
25 September 2021
- Entrants must be of New Zealand Māori descent.
- Each award category is open to adults and school students.
- The First-time Writer award is for writers who have never had their writing published, either online or in hardcopy format (excluding in a school magazine, on your own blog or on your own website).
- The Emerging Writer award is for writers who have had an essay, article or a short story published, either online or in hardcopy format.
The AWARD Categories
- First-time Writer in te reo Māori
- First-time Writer in English
- Emerging Writer in te reo Māori
- Emerging Writer in English
- Entries must be original, your own work, not previously published or under contract, and no longer than 3000 words. Entries can be fiction or non-fiction.
- Entries may be written in te reo Māori or English.
- All entries must be submitted by individuals. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit. However, each new submission must be uploaded separately with a new entry form.
- All entries MUST be submitted online at www.mlt.org.nz as follows:
- Saved as a .docx or .pdf file
- Title of the short story and category at the top of each page of the entry
- Typed in point size 12 or more with double line spaces, and each page should be numbered.
Do not include your name on your work; all entries are judged ‘blind’, i.e., anonymously. Your name should only be on the entry form.
- Entries must be received by 11.59 p.m. on Monday, 12 April 2021. Entries received after this closing date will not be eligible.
- Entries will be acknowledged as received but not returned.
- The Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers’ staff, the sponsors (including their staff members), the judges, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
- Queries on eligibility or any other enquiries about the Pikihuia Awards should be directed to the awards administrator email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The winner of each category will receive a $2,000 cash prize. Two highly commended finalists in each category will receive a cash prize of $500 each.
- Selected winners and finalists will be published in Huia Short Stories 14 – the contemporary fiction series published by Huia Publishers. Huia Publishers reserves the right to publish entries without additional payment to the authors.
- The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
- Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, 9 June 2021 on the Trust website and in a media release.
The Awards Ceremony
- Winners will be announced on Saturday, 25 September 2021 at the awards ceremony in Wellington.
- Winners must be prepared to attend the awards ceremony and be involved in promotional activities as reasonably requested by the organisers.