The idea is: how do we (in the PNG Attitude sense of collective ‘we’) adequately recognise and reward those Papua New Guinean writers who – over the last 3-5 years – have made this blog the ‘go-to’ place that it is.
Writers who have, I might add, contributed hugely to our readers’ knowledge and understanding of present day PNG.
The thought reached resolution at Neutral Bay's Oaks hotel yesterday as I was having lunch with Ingrid and our son Ben, who's been an occasional contributor to these columns. (The picture is of the three of us in Hanoi two years ago.)
So here’s the proposal. (And, yes, it involves money.)
PNG Attitude wants to be able to pay Papua New Guinean writers who are regular contributors to this website.
As well as Jimmy Drekore; Nou Vada; Bernard Yegiora; Michael Dom; Jeff Febi; Samuel Roth; Ganjiki D Wayne; Poyap Rooney; Paulus Ripa; Don Tapio; Manuai Matawai; Sioni Ruma; John Wali….
And the rest.
There are about 20 names there and I could easily double that. And, when we start paying, I'm sure we’ll quadruple the number of eligible writers.
The point is this. We want to encourage (and reward) original, quality, Papua New Guinean writing and perspectives on this blog.
For so long as we’re not taking ads (another unresolved argument I’ve had with myself), we need to rely on readers to provide the support.
Here are the brief and easy guidelines for our new fellowships:
You will sponsor a writer (who we will select on your behalf) for $500 a year
The writer’s task will be to provide at least two articles/poems/stories to PNG Attitude each month
The sponsor (you) will be credited (if that’s OK) alongside each published piece
We will pay each writer the $500 (no admin charges at the Attitude)
The outcome of this project, we believe, will be the initial development of a system of paid-for freelance writing in PNG.
The returns for the writers, something like K80-100 ($40-50) an article at best, will not be a King’s ransom. But the compensation will at least be something, which I am reliably informed is mostly better than nothing.
And when that bank transfer for $500 arrives in the account, it will be a bit of a blast for the writer. Reward and recognition; what we all want.
So drop me an email here telling me you’re in for $500 and I’ll let you know how to proceed.
And, of course, I’m good for the first $500. I hope we may be able to secure 10-12 fellowships for 2012-13. That'd be a good start.
Dig deep (or ask your organisation, club or work colleagues to dig deep). Thank you.