According to Māori Literature Trust chair Robyn Bargh, it is important for new writers to learn how to bring their manuscripts up to international standards.
The trust has selected six Māori kaituhi for its Te Papa Tupu mentorship program.
During the six-month program, they will work with established authors and editors to complete the work for publication.
“Once you have published a work, your work is compared to novels and other books by writers around the world. Once you are published, you gain access to an international stage, so it is not like if you’re just posting for your local whanau or community, it’s an international audience,” says Ms Bargh.
Finding time to write every day can be a huge hurdle for new writers trying to hone their craft.