AS THE JUDGES SET TO WORK reading the 576 entries in the Crocodile Prize national literary contest, which closed at the end of May, for the first time it’s possible to properly appreciate the wonderful scope.
The categories were dominated by poetry, with 353 entries; then short stories 73; essays 61; student 59; and heritage 24.
Each category carries prize money of K5,000 and a magnificent Crocodile Prize trophy.
Some 135 people entered the contest – and they were drawn from every one of Papua New Guinea’s provinces and special regions except Western and Sandaun. A great national result.
Central and the National Capital District provided 25% of entrants; Morobe 16%; Eastern Highlands 9%; Simbu 8%; and Madang, East New Britain and Western Highlands 5% each.
The numbers of entrants was pretty evenly split by gender – 53% male; 47% female.
The oldest entrant is Dave Korahi Doriga from Kira Kira near Port Moresby; Dave’s a grand 71-years old.
The youngest is Otto Paige Lebeshiivah who, at age 9, is in Grade 4 at North Goroka Demonstration School.
You can download here the names and brief profiles of all the entrants for whom we have information, and that’s most of them.
Thanks to all the people who entered and to our splendid group of sponsors: AustAsia Pacific Health Services; Australian High Commission; British American Tobacco (PNG); the Chalkies; Cleland Family; Mike Ahrens; MRSM Group; Ok Tedi Mining; PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum; Star Mountains Institute of Technology; Steamships; and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Queensland.