The Pikihuia Awards 2015 open on 9 March and close at 5 p.m. 31 May 2015
Two years have flown by, and it is time again for the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers. For twenty years, the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers have been organising this unique, and increasingly popular, biennial contest producing award-winning Māori writers in all genres.
The Māori Literature Trust invites Māori writers of novels, short stories and film scripts to send your work in! Whether it’s something new you’ve been itching to show someone or something old that needs a bit of a polish, we’d love to see it.
In the following categories, the winner will receive a cash prize of $2000, and two highly commended finalists in each category will receive a cash prize of $500 each:
• Best Short Story written in Māori
• Best Short Story written in English
• Best Novel Extract
• Best Short Film Script
In addition, selected winners and finalists will also be published in Huia Short Stories 11 – the collection of contemporary fiction series published by Huia Publishers.
In an effort to foster a growing number of young Māori writers, the Pikihuia Awards also have a secondary schools’ category of Short Story written in English or Māori that students can enter. It is important that young Māori are given the opportunities to develop their writing and creativity and all students are encouraged to enter.
The winner will receive a cash prize of $500, and their school will receive $250 worth of HUIA books. Two highly commended finalists will receive a cash prize of $250 each, and their school will receive $100 worth of HUIA books.
So go on, get writing!