THE CROCODILE PRIZE has achieved almost half its target budget and is poised for a high energy start to 2012, the second year of Papua New Guinea’s national literature awards initiated by PNG Attitude and the PNG Post-Courier.
Organisers of the project say sponsors and donors have so far committed K65,000 to a wide-ranging series of activities centred on multiple awards for short stories, essays, poetry, heritage literature and student writing.
The project has been conceived as more than a writing contest, and also includes:
The production of the Crocodile Prize Anthology – a book featuring the best of PNG writing in 2012 which will have a print run of 5,000-10,000 copies depending upon budget.
The delivery of forums for emerging writers led by established PNG authors and poets. Depending upon budget these will be held in Port Moresby, Goroka and Madang.
The establishment of the PNG Society of Writers, Editors and Publishers that – in September 2012 – will take over responsibility for the administration of the Crocodile Prize.
An awards ceremony at the Australian High Commission at which the seven literary prizes are presented.
The continuing exposure of PNG writers to a broader community of readers through publication of their work in the PNG Post-Courier and in PNG Attitude.
The development of a dedicated website for the Crocodile Prize which is expected to be launched in the first months of 2012.
Funds provided by sponsors and readers are deployed entirely to the development of these activities and to the embedding of a creative literary culture in PNG.
Naming rights so far have been awarded for the AustAsia Pacific Health Services Writers’ Forums; British American Tobacco (PNG) Lifetime Achievement Prize; Cleland Prize for Heritage Literature; Ex-Chalkies Yokomo Prize for Student Writing; Ok Tedi Mining Prize for Women’s Literature; PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum Prize for Essays & Journalism; and the Steamships Short Story Prize.
Naming rights for the Poetry Prize are still on offer.
Sponsors and donors to date are the Australian High Commission; Corney K Alone & Tanya Zeriga-Alone; David Wall; Don Hook; Ed Brumby; Graham King; Keith Jackson; Lance Hill; MRSM Group of Companies; Murray & Joan Bladwell; Norma McCall; ourportmoresby.co; Paul Povey; Sean Dorney; Star Mountains Institute of Technology; Stuart Hoare; and Sue & Kev Ellison.
You are encouraged to support this major initiative in Papua New Guinea literature. Donate to the Crocodile Prize at:
Account name: SPSS The Crocodile [Bendigo Bank]
BSB: 633 000
Account number: 141 021 527
Reference: <Your Name> Donation
Or contact Keith Jackson here for further information.