NEVER have writers in Papua New Guinea had the opportunity to be recognised for such a wide range of creative work as in 2014.
With the addition of the Buk bilong Pikinini Writing for Children Award to the six other awards, after some halting steps in 2013 the Crocodile Prize has re-emerged as a powerful supporter of writers in PNG.
The latest award for writing that is of special appeal for children up to the age of 12 is making a bold statement that the Crocodile Prize is now embracing a younger generation of readers and that the Buk bilong Pikinini organisation is extending its reach from readers to writers.
Buk bilong Pikinini will run a three-day program in Port Moresby next month to promote and support writing and illustrating children’s books and stories. Writers who contribute to PNG Attitude and The Crocodile Prize have been invited to attend.
If you’re interested, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program includes information on writing opportunities, discussions with literary figures and sessions on understanding audiences, developing ideas, illustrating children’s books, and publishing.
The new K5,000 Buk bilong Pikinini Award is for writing in the form of stories or poetry for children up to the age of 12.
It joins the other Awards in The Crocodile Prize:
Kina Securities Award for Poetry
Cleland Family Award for Heritage Writing
PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum Award for Essays & Journalism
Ok Tedi Mining Book of the Year
Ok Tedi Mining Lifetime Achievement in PNG Literature