The contest is called THE CROCODILE PRIZE and is named after the first novel written by a Papua New Guinean, The Crocodile by Vincent Eri, which was published in 1970.
The contest has three categories - for short stories, poetry and journalism.
A first prize of K1,000 will be awarded in each category and the Post-Courier will publish the best entries.DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM HERE
“We started the contest to provide an opportunity for PNG writers to publish their work and for readers to have access to that work,” said organiser, author Philip Fitzpatrick.
“Eligible contributions must be written by citizens of
Mr Fitzpatrick said a number of companies and private individuals had committed funds to support the project, but he hoped it would attract more.
“We want to encourage writers to write and readers to read,” he said.
“This means more than receiving contributions. It means ensuring the winning entries reach a much bigger audience throughout PNG.
“We are working on this with the Post-Courier and the PNG Attitude website.”
The editor-in-chief of the Post-Courier, Blaise Nangoi, said the newspaper was pleased to be involved in the initiative to promote writing among Papua New Guineans and to recognise their skills.
“We know the importance of encouraging writing,” Mr Nangoi said.
“Since the days of Sir Serei Eri, Russel Sorariba, John Kasaipolowa, Nora Vagi Brash and current Governor-General, Sir Paulias Matane, there has been an evident shortage of writers, poets and dramatists in the country.
“We realise the serious need to encourage and expose a new crop of writers and, in that direction, we continue to support young journalism students in the graduate schools of UPNG and Divine Word universities,” he said.
“The Post-Courier is pleased to be part of this new initiative together with PNG Attitude and we will publish the winning entries.
“One of our top feature writers and storytellers, Patrick 'Big Pat' Levo, will be part of the judging panel for this competition.”
The contest winner will be announced each PNG Independence Day from 2011, and entries will be published regularly by the Post-Courier and PNG Attitude.
Sir Vincent Serei Eri (1936-93) was born in Moveave in the
His novel The Crocodile is set in PNG before and during World War II and is a coming of age story about Hoiri, whose life poses a continuing contradiction between traditional life and the modern world.
Further information is on PNG Attitude here