31 Mar 2010
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The Maori Literature Trust, with the support of Creative New Zealand, Te Puni Kokiri and Huia Publishers, is offering an opportunity for six talented Maori writers to participate in Te Papa Tupu, a six month intensive writing programme.
The Māori Literature Trust, with the support of Creative New Zealand, Te Puni Kokiri and Huia Publishers, is offering an opportunity for six talented Māori writers to participate in Te Papa Tupu, a six month intensive writing programme.
The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity to selected writers to work to develop their writing skills. The selected writers will be given a basic living allowance for the six-month duration of the programme and they will be required to submit pieces of work on a regular basis to a mentor who will provide support and suggestions.
Writers of Māori descent living in Aotearoa New Zealand are invited to submit their work in either English or te reo Māori under the following categories:
• Short Stories
• Children's novel/chapter book
• Children's picture book.
Submitted work should be 5,000 - 50,000 words and may be a finished piece or a working manuscript.
What kind of people can enter the competition?
The Māori Literature Trust is a charitable trust which was established to broaden the range of Māori perspectives in New Zealand literature. It does this by identifying and developing Māori writers working in both English and Māori languages.
In past competitions, entries have come from a wide range of people from all walks of life - from those who have completed creative writing courses, to those who write stories for their tamariki or mokopuna.
You may have examples of writing that you've started and never quite finished, or have a range of short stories that have sparks of potential. You could already be published or have completed writing fellowships or courses but need time to develop a particular piece that you don't have time to work on.
Whatever the case we need your entries as soon as possible. Examples of work should include an application form and be received by Huia Publishers by 5pm, Friday 14 May 2010.