THE great motivating force behind the establishment of the Crocodile Prize lay in a recognition that the people of Papua New Guinea barely had a home-grown literature.
The response Phil Fitzpatrick and I developed in 2010 was simple in concept: to encourage Papua New Guinean writers to write; to publish the best of their work; and to distribute this writing in digital and book forms throughout PNG through the production of an annual Anthology.
Simple in concept; more difficult to implement.
As it turned out, the writing and publication were a lot easier to achieve than the distribution of hard copy books.
After struggling in the past to secure efficient distribution, this year we devised a simple scheme.
To recruit PNG Attitude readers in PNG to assist in the task.
And that is working. It is working very well.
But there’s something else (there’s always something else).
Not only are we getting more requests than we can meet, for reasons best known to itself - given there is no significant publishing industry in PNG, the O'Neill government levies punitive duties on the importation of books.
This is seriously eroding our limited funds and means we can’t get as many Anthologies distributed as we want.
So, for the first time this year, we’re asking readers to help with a funding project.
If you can afford a few dollars to assist get PNG writing to PNG readers, you can make a gift to the Crocodile Prize bank account here…
Address: 105 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
BSB No: 082 401
Account No: 39 286 5774
I’m kick starting the process with a $200 donation. Many people in PNG will be grateful to you if you can provide whatever funds you’re able.
Thank you. And we’ll keep you informed of progress.