BY KEITH JACKSON
WITH THE inaugural Crocodile Prize awards now just more than a month away (they will be announced on Thursday 15 September), we’re getting down to the business end of Papua New Guinea’s national literary contest, an initiative of PNG Attitude and the PNG Post-Courier.
Phil Fitzpatrick has put the finishing touches on The Crocodile anthology, featuring the best entries in the contest. This will be launched at the awards ceremony.
Meanwhile the judging panel is hard at work selecting the prize winners in the categories of short stories, poetry, and essays. And Dame Carol Kidu is judging entries in the award for women’s writing named in her honour.
The anthology was sent to the printers this week to ensure it is published in time for the awards. At the same time, one of the organisers, Patrick ‘Big Pat’ Levo, features editor of the Post-Courier, is selecting his favourite entries for publication in the national daily over the coming weeks.
Over at the Australian High Commission at Waigani, preliminary preparations are being made for the Writers Workshop, to be held in conjunction with the awards, as well as for the prize giving ceremony and reception at the end of the day.
Twenty emerging writers have already accepted invitations to join the workshop, which will be facilitated by Phil Fitzpatrick, Russell Soaba and Steven Winduo, all published authors.
In addition to the packed program organised for 15 September, the workshop will devote time to considering practical matters such as how to get more Papua New Guinean writers published, whether to add a category for novels to the 2012 Crocodile Prize and how to secure more support from government and the private sector to boost indigenous literature in PNG.
Meanwhile, the best short stories, poems and essays – a number of which are world class - have been prepared for publication in the anthology and below we honour the writers for the hard work and rich creativity they have committed to this literary enterprise.
Short Stories (25 stories; 18 writers)
Kela Kapkora Sil Bolkin, Jeffrey Febi, Bette Carinya Kare, Carolus Ketsimur, Eva Kuson, Pochon Lili, Martyn Namorong, Francis Nii, Patricia Paraide, Ignatius Piakal, Reginald Renagi, Leonard Fong Roka, Gina Samar, Bernard Sinai, Paul Waugla Drekore Wii, Imelda Yabara, Tanya Zeriga-Alone
Poetry (32 poems; 17 writers)
Hinelou Nini Costigan, Jimmy Drekore, Jeffrey Febi, Francis Hualupmomi, Icarus, Janice Isu, David Kitchnoge, Lapieh Landu, Mizraiim Lapa, Martyn Namorong, Gelab Piak, Ignatius Piakal, Fiona Potane, Reginald Renagi, Leonard Fong Roka, Bernard Sinai, Imelda Yabara
Essays (19 essays; 15 writers)
Corney K Alone, Bapa Bomoteng, Effrey Dademo, Jeffrey Febi, Sharlene Kylie Gawi, Francis Hualupmomi, Icarus, Mathius Kin, David Kitchnoge, Lapieh Landu, Martyn Namorong, Reginald Renagi, Scott Waide, Joe Wasia, Bernard Yegiora
Image: Cover artwork of 'The Crocodile', the Crocodile Prize 2011 anthology