IT was quite a weekend in the Jackson office. The fag end of the Crocodile Prize national literary contest (entries close today) witnessed a torrent of creative writing pouring in through the email.
Many new writers made a first appearance, bringing the registered total to more than 100 with many yet to be processed.
The number of entries received will total well over 500 by the time this creative part of Papua New Guinea’s writing awards is done and dusted.
Now follows some weeks of judging and selecting which entries are good enough to be published in the annual Anthology.
Then on Thursday 18 September the winners are announced and the Crocodile Prize Anthology 2014, which looks as though it will run to about 400 pages, is launched.
The impact of the recently-established Simbu Writers Association was clearly discerned by the disproportionate amount of new writing – especially poetry and short stories – emanating from the rugged mountains and rich valleys that dominate the central highlands of PNG.
It was good to see the number of high school children, doubtless influenced by conscientious teachers, who decided to test their skills against their peers by submitting stories and poems, often beautifully illustrated, to the contest.
Meanwhile, half of the 30 places at the annual Crocodile Prize writers’ workshop have been spoken for. If you’re interested in attending this event, you can read all about it here. But you’ll need to register in a hurry.
The Crocodile Prize Organising Group, COG, is grateful to our wonderfully supportive and generous group of sponsors:
Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea
Buk bilong Pikinini Award for Children’s Writing
Cleland Family Award for Heritage Writing
Kina Securities Award for Poetry
Ok Tedi Award for Lifetime Contribution to PNG Literature
Ok Tedi Mining Award for Book of the Year
PNG Association of Australia Publishing Program
PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum Award for Essays & Journalism
People's Award for Short Stories