Are you after a bit of inspiration? The profiles below are overflowing with great tips and tales for entering the Pikihuia Awards.
Ann French: Winner of Best Novel Extract written in English 2013 and five-time Pikihuia finalist.
Eru Hart: Winner of Short Story in English 2005. Wellington-based thirty-five-year-old writer, English teacher and black coffee drinker.
Haukapuanui Vercoe: Highly Commended Finalist for Best Short Story written by a Secondary School Student 2013, senior student and Māori language entrant.
Karuna Thurlow: Highly Commended Finalist for Best Short Story in Māori 2013, teacher and Māori language writer.
Lisa Cherrington: Winner of Short Film Script in English 2013. Mum, Iron Māori competitor and passionate writer.
Tihema Baker: Winner of Best Short Story in Māori 2013, first-time author and Māori language advocate.
Toni Pivac: Winner of Best Short Story in English 2013. Self-employed transcriber, mother of two and full-time lover of stories.