Feb 19, 2019

Pikihuia Awards for Maori Writers

  • Crimson Education
  • NZ
Specialist Essay Editing Competition Skill Building


The Pikihuia Awards is a biennial competition founded in 1995 to recognise and celebrate Maori writers. New Zealanders of Maori descent are invited to craft pieces of writing in te reo Maori or English to encourage diverse Maori viewpoints. Submissions may be fiction or non-fiction and are original pieces no longer than 3000 words.

Entrants compete for the First-time Writer award, Emerging Writer award, and the Published Writer award, for both te reo Maori and English. Winners and finalists receive cash prizes as well as an invitation to attend the Pikihuia Awards Ceremony in Wellington. The Huia Short Stories Collection, a cotemporary fiction series, is also launched in Wellington and will feature selected winners and finalists.

The next competition will be in 2021. 

For further information visit the official site here. 

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Anyone of Maori descent can submit

Participation Cost


Story submission online

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Skills in story writing required.

Time Commitment


Story submission

Application Deadline

April 8, 2021 (Not open until January 1, 2021)

Application Process Includes

Submit entry with online entry form: https://mlt.org.nz/application-form/