Source: Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude
Sunday, October 9th 2016

THE CROCODILE Prize Inc is pleased to announce that, for a second year running, the Paga Hill Development Company has generously agreed to sponsor the Writing for Children category in this year’s national literary awards.

Paga Hill joins eight other entities in providing the critical support required for the maintenance of Papua New Guinea’s important awards for creative writing and illustration.

The Crocodile Prize would not be possible if it weren’t for the kindness of Kina Finance (poetry), PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (essays & journalism), Abt and Associates(emerging young writer), Mineral Resources Development Company(women in writing), Kumul Petroleum Holdings(short stories), South Pacific Brewery (illustration), Cleland Family (heritage writing) and Paga Hill Development Company (writing for children).

The Crocodile Prize is a literary competition open to citizens of Papua New Guinea of all ages and is a way for all Papua New Guineans to express themselves in writing, whether it be in poetry, short story, essay or illustration.

It provides an opportunity for people seeking recognition in the literary domain or for those who just want their opinions to be heard through commentary and journalism. Writing represents freedom of speech and freedom of expression which can project a world of meaning and inspiration.

The working committee of the Crocodile Prize Inc is grateful to all of our sponsors for their generosity to the people of Papua New Guinea. The Prize is not only an opportunity to earn recognition and money. It is also a journey that includes the pride of seeing one’s writing being published alongside many other aspiring and legitimate PNG writers.

The experience should inspire people to write more and create opportunities for themselves and others to get their work published.

The nine categories in this year’s competition, listed above, include the Abt Associates award for an emerging young writer, a new classification added this year.

The winners of the Crocodile Prize will be announced on Thursday 24 November and the prize-giving will take place on Thursday 8 December from 5-7 pm at the Australian High Commission at Waigani when the winners will be given their awards at a special reception.

Formal dress will be required for the event at which authors, commentators, bloggers and eminent citizens will be in attendance.

Prior to the reception, a writer’s workshop will convene from 9am to 2pm at a venue to be announced. This will be a great opportunity for people who want to explore their passion in writing.

Congratulations to all those writers who have sent in entries to the Crocodile Prize since its launch in January. The 2016 working committee members, supporters and sponsors wish you all the best in the competition.

Follow the Crocodile Prize on our webpage here or visit the Crocodile Prize Facebook page.