THE ESSAY AND POETRY CONTEST I am announcing today is for those people who are both writers and thinkers. I’m putting K500 on the table for the best piece of writing designed to promote a peaceful and harmonious Papua New Guinea.
The winner of the K500 prize will be announced on Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day) at 11 am: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marking the end of World War I in 1918 and commemorated since in Commonwealth countries.
I pondered what the exact theme might be, finally settling on “A good life for the people. Is there a Melanesian way?”
You need to develop an idea for a culturally acceptable way to improve people's lives and, through reason, example and elegant writing, show how it might work.
Poets might argue 'poor bugger me', but that was ever the lot of the poet.
There are a few rules you need to take into account:
Entries must take the form of an essay or a poem
You will need to give the essay or poem its own title
The contest is open only to Papua New Guinean citizens
Entries should arrive at PNG Attitude (email here) any time between now and Friday 1 November
There will be just one prize of K500
Any entry may be published in PNG Attitude at the discretion of the editor
As this contest was provoked by an email discussion I had with Peter Kranz, I am nominating Peter and Rose Kranz as the judges – a neat Australesian combination if ever there was one.
Time to get out the notepad and pen and start scratching out ideas.