Te Papa Tupu

Te Papa Tupu is a writing programme developed by the Māori Literature Trust and organised by Huia Publishers. 

Chosen writers spend six months working alongside a mentor to develop their manuscript and improve their writing skills, all to meet the end goal of having a publishable manuscript. Writers also attend workshops and a national writers' festival, become part of a writing community and receive a grant to cover costs. 

Who can apply?

  • Māori writers who live in Aotearoa and are part-way to completing a manuscript
  • Writers of novels, short stories, children’s books, young adult books and non-fiction written in English or te reo Māori
  • Writers who are committed to attend, learn and fulfil their dream of being published

Applications for Te Papa Tupu 2018 have now closed. Applications for Te Papa Tupu 2020 will open in January 2020. 

For more information about the programme and this year's writers visit www.mlt.org.nz.