Are you a writer? Do you aspire to be one? Perhaps you’ve never really thought about it, but you’ve got the seed of a story scuttling about in the back of your mind? If the answer to any of the above was Yes, then now could be the time to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard if you prefer.

Huia Publishers and the Māori Literature Trust have just announced the return of the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Authors 2013.

Information on the website states that the awards aim to encourage,
“…..diversity in writing and supporting innovation, these awards recognise outstanding work by Māori writers.”

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This edition is a collection of work from finalists for the 2011 Awards.

Categories for 2013 include:
Best short story in Māori
Best short story in English
Best novel extract in English
Best short film script in English
Secondary School Award Category

Winners receive a small cash prize in addition to the opportunity to be published. Entries close on April the 15th at 5 pm. Meaning that’s nearly three months time to craft a creative offering for submission.

Want to know a little more? You can read some of the stories that have been finalists and winners of these awards over previous years in the Huia short stories collections.

So, if I’ve piqued your interest and you’ve got some work in draft that just needs a bit of a polish up, or an idea for a great story in any of these formats brewing in your brain and your belly, why not think about giving this a go and submit an entry?