THE Crocodile Prize, Papua New Guinea’s national literary contest, was established in 2010 to encourage Papua New Guineans to write and also to provide the people of PNG access to a home-grown literature.
Both a writing competition and a publishing program were initiated with the first prizes were awarded and the first Anthology published in 2011.
News and information about the contest - including details of how to enter it – have long been included in PNG Attitude but now – thanks to its manager Ben Jackson – the contest has its own website, CrocodilePrize.org, which you can link to here.
There were three false starts made before the Prize finally got its own site. Earlier attempts led to nothing as would-be web designers found they were too heavy for the light work and too light for the heavy work.
On its home page, which will undergo further modification, the new website backgrounds the Prize and scrolls acknowledgements to its sponsors.
It also contains two menus – one down the left-hand side, which will be regularly updated, covering entries in this year’s contest and the other, across the top, referring to information areas such as past winners, award categories, judges, sponsorship and an entry form.
So delve into the site and roam around it. There’s a lot to read.
And re-visit it from time to time to catch up with the latest articles, stories and poetry from Papua New Guinea.
Photo: Ben Jackson (right) flies Air Niugini with PNG writer and Crocodile Prize award winner, Martyn Namorong