YESTERDAY PNG Attitude began a competition in which we will send 10 free copies of the Crocodile Prize Anthology 2014 – free of charge and to be handed out freely – to those PNG readers who provide a good description of where the books could be of the most use.
Winners will be allowed to keep a copy of the Anthology for themselves so long as they distribute the other copies to libraries, schools, universities, hospitals, aid posts and other good places.
Today I can announce the first three winners – Jimmy Awagl, John Kaupa Kamasua and Arnold Mundua. Writers all, they are not unknown names to us.
“I would like to distribute those books among three schools in the isolated setting in Simbu,” Jimmy writes.
“Mai High, Parua Primary and Ku High. Ku High School has built a new library and called it after the Simbu Writers Association.
“The shelves are empty and we in dire needs of books for students and the general public to read.”
Well, 10 books are on the way, Jimmy.
“I want to distribute the 2014 Anthology to four high schools and six top-up primary schools in the Kundiawa-Gembogl electorate in Simbu,” writes Arnold.
“They are Mt Wilhem High, Barengil High, Kundiawa Day High, Wandi High, Toromambuno Primary, Gembogl Primary, Womatne Primary, Goglme Primary, Barengil Primary and Gon Primary.
“The 2014 Anthology will be a great reading book in these libraries for the kids to enjoy.
“As a contributor and prize winner, I know that distributing the Anthology will generate interest and inspire students and staff to take reading and writing seriously.”
That’s a lot of destinations, Arnold, so we’ll send you a special allocation of 20 copies which will enable most of the schools to get two copies.
Twenty also to John Kaupa Kamasua at the Universioty of Papua New Guinea who has targeted the UPNG Bookshop and the Sir Michael Somare Library..
"The bookshop has visitors every day from students, lecturers, the public and it gives good publicity to new publications," says John.
"It has relationships with other organisations and schools. It is beginning to establish branches starting with places like Madang and Lae."
All good reasons why this distribution plan also gets the nod of approval.
All these books are supplied thanks to a substantial grant from the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia.
And if you want to enter this competition, this is all you have to do:
(1) Tell us where you would like to distribute the books
(2) Tell us why these places should be given books
(3) Provide us with your name and postal address
The people with the best distribution ideas will be sent 10 free copies of the book (worth about K200) from our printers in the United States.
Send emails to me here responding to the three points mentioned above, and we’ll let the lucky winners know that the books are on the way.