Current Initiative

Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation Programs


The Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation (NTF) recognizes the importance of protecting, promoting and revitalizing Inuktut in written works and wishes to provide an incentive and support to encourage more Inuit to write and publish material in Inuktut.

The purpose of INUKTUUQTA! is to provide:
a)a monetary award of eighty thousand dollars ($80,000.00) to an eligible Inuk who is selected toreceive INUKTUUQTA! for their submission of a written work in Inuktut (“the recipient”); andb)an opportunity for a sponsored writing residency for the recipient; andc)An opportunity for the recipient to work with other Inuit such as writers, linguists, mentors, andeditors etc. to finalize their written work;d)cash prizes for four (4) runner-up winners (the “Additional Prizes”), whose submissions will becompiled and published as well, adding to the repertoire of written materials by Inuit in Inuktut.
The amount of the Additional Prizes for runner-up winners will be as follows:
Ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) – 2nd place Five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) – 3rd place Three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) – 4th place Two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) – 5th place

Any Inuk enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement over the age of 18 is eligible to submit Inuktut material for consideration, regardless of residency. The following individuals, as well as their immediate family members, are excluded from applying: NTF Board of Directors and employees; Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Board of Directors and employees; and Inuktut Writing Contest Selection Committee and Appeal Committee members.

To be considered for INUKTUUQTA!, submitted written works must be in Inuktut, in the dialect and writing system of the authors choosing. Submissions may be in the form of an unpublished book, a collection of unpublished short stories or poems, or an outline of a book or short-story collection.
•Submissions which are an outline of a book or short-story collection should have a minimum of8 double-spaced pages and a maximum of 12 double-spaced pages.