Here are the best short stories and novel extracts from the Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers 2017 as judged by Whiti Hereaka, Paula Morris, Poia Rewi and Rawinia Higgins. The book contains the stories from the finalists for Best Short Story written in English, Best Short Story written in te reo Māori and Best Novel Extract categories. This writing competition, held every two years, is organised by the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers as a way to promote Māori writers and their work. The awards and the collection of finalists’ fiction celebrate Māori writing and bring new writers to light.

The stories are:

3.15 by Lauren Keenan
A Ferry Ride to 'Eua by Shirley Simmonds 
A Portrait of Sandra Dee by Lauren Keenan
Coasting Home by Tangai Waranga
'D for Developing' by Lauren Keenan
Fifty Dollars for Optimus Prime by Lauren Keenan
Have I Got a Deal for You by Darryn Joseph
In Shadow of Monte Cassino by Lauren Keenan
I Remember by Lauren Keenan
Kai at Mine by K-T Harrison
Kaitiaki by Zeb Nicklin
Ko te Tuhinga by Atakohu Middleton
Motutaiko by Shirley Simmonds
Obsidian Dream by Kelly Joseph
Pirate or Ninja? by Lauren Keenan
Rākei me te Taraute Nui by Iraia Bailey
Rēwena by Shirley Simmonds
Ruru by Shirley Simmonds
Te Tupuna o te Pō by Darryn Joseph
The African Stars by Aroha Awarau
The Crystal Caves by Steph Matuku
The Manu, the Coffin and the Old School by Pere Durie
The Eldest Girl by Olivia Aroha Giles
Tūātea by Genesis Te Kuru White

Pages: 266

Format: Softback

Language: Māori and English

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