THE Rivers Award for writing about peace and harmony enters its third year with the founder, Val Rivers, again offering K5,000 in cash prizes for original writing on this year’s theme, “What I Was Told”.
Articles, essays or poetry must address the theme by writers telling they have learned from others about how to live a peaceful and harmonious life in Papua New Guinea.
This may include traditional stories offering guidance about peace and harmony, present day advice about these issues are managed, true stories about conflict that has been resolved, policies that could be implemented to lead to a more harmonious society.
Or there may be other aspects of the subject that appeals to you and about which you would like to write.
The competition starts today and the closing date is Monday 23 November, just three months away.
There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit (although I remind you that quality is always preferable to quantity) and you must email them to me here.
The contest is open only to PNG citizens and it will be judged by Val Rivers and me.
Val arrived in PNG in November 1963, and was first assigned to teach in Daru, later serving to Dregerhafen, Gagidu, Wabag, Kavieng and as head teacher of the demonstration school at Goroka Teachers College.
She returned to Australia in 1971, eventually occupying the important posts of matriculation curriculum developer and chief examiner in South Australia.
In 2012 Val suggested to me that she would like to fund a writing award related to promoting a harmonious and peaceful Papua New Guinea.
She wanted to help encourage the well-being of people and make it a top of the mind issue in PNG’s social, political and economic agenda.
This idea took form as the annual Rivers Peace & Harmony Award, to be awarded at the end of each year as the result of a national literary contest.
The first winner in 2013 was Doreen Bauloni for her poem Contributing to a Peaceful PNG.
Last year there were three first level award winners, John Kaupa Kamasua, Roslyn Tony and Arnold Mundua, while other awards went to Charlene Nii, Agnes Maineke, Raymond Komis Girana, Mathias Kin and Jimmy Awagl.
Here are the simple rules for the Prize:
Theme: What I Was Told
Closes: Monday 23 November
Length: 1,000 words maximum
Medium: Article, story, essay or poem
Provide this information: Name; date of birth; postal address; a brief personal profile; a JPG photo
Entries: To Keith Jackson here