June 27, 2019
Colonisation explored in Pikihuia Awards
An organiser of the annual Pikihuia Awards says Māori writers are pushing the boundaries of what a short story can be.
The 14 finalists have been chosen from more than 200 entries for the awards for writing in both English and Māori, which will be given out at a ceremony at Te Wharewaka in Wellington on September 14.
Robyn Bargh, the judge of the first time writers in English section, says once she'd winnowed entries down to about a dozen, picking the final three and the winner was extremely hard.
The stories varied in topic, pace and characters.
"The stories were interesting in that a lot of them were to do with colonisation, quite a few to do with poverty and the implications of that, graphically written stories. It was interesting and difficult to choose," Ms Bargh says.
The finalists will be published in Huia's annual short story collection.
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