Getting rid of the cults, the gangs & school fights in Lae
New poetry collection presents surprising lessons in life

Anthology offers 500 pages of PNG's best creative writing

Crocodile Prize Anthology 2014 CoverKEITH JACKSON

AS I write this, editor Phil Fitzpatrick is easing the Crocodile Prize Anthology 2014 through its final stages before production.

The Anthology, the fourth annual collection of the best of Papua New Guinea’s creative writing, is easily the biggest yet – assembling in its 507 pages and 140,000 words, poetry, stories and essays from throughout the nation. All but one of PNG’s 22 provinces is represented.

It includes the winning entries in this year’s literary contest and, of course, the names of the winning authors who will each take home a trophy and a K5,000 prize when the awards are presented in Port Moresby on Thursday 18 September.

And, below, we’ve listed all the creative works that have been selected for inclusion in this year’s Anthology.

It is the intention of the Crocodile Prize Organising Group, COG, to announce the names of the winners towards the end of August in the hope that they may all be able to attend the awards ceremony at the Australian High Commission.

The publication of the Anthology is being helped enormously by a substantial sponsorship for the PNG Association of Australia which will enable books to be distributed to universities, colleges, libraries and secondary schools in PNG.

The Anthology will also be available in hard-copy and e-book versions from Amazon. Prices are yet to be determined.

Of course, an important feature of the Anthology in every one of its editions is that it gives writers the opportunity, often for the first time, to be published in book form.

This year the authors of the 168 stories, poems and essays in the book are being given this opportunity.

Want to know who they are? Well, for the first time we publish their names and their creative offerings here.

Short Stories

Mickey & her mongrel ‘besties’: the duck that’s dogs’ best friend

Emma Tunne Wakpi  

A true story: The good and ugly faces of Christmas

Francis Nii  

You are perfect. You will win!

Dominica Are  

As I lay dying

JP Richard  

When the fire went out

JP Richard  

The Queue

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura  

Beyond expectations - A girl's education in Papua New Guinea

Dominica Are  

Wart a parasite! Reflections on the life of a mole

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura  

On Valentine’s Day, love is truly in the air

JP Richards  

The Old Man

John Kaupa Kamasua  

One bright sunny day by the River Iora….

Gary Juffa  

Three eggs minus one

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura  

Beloved fatherland – a true story of trust and betrayal

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura  

There’s much more to diarrhoea than meets the eye

Emma Tunne Wakpi  

Exploring the unexplored

Axel Rice  

The man who came between

Dominica Are  

With love - a graduation present

Baka Barakove Bina  

The Green Dress

Jeanine Tuguru  

While war raged in Bougainville there was a miracle at Haisi

Agnes Maineke  

Defeated mind

Diddie Kinamun Jackson  

When rifles ruled: The solace of the innocent

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura  

Sleeping beside the village chief’s daughter

Joseph Ambane John  

Patience has its limits

Gertrude Bakaie  

City Spirit

Pauline Riman  

A remarkable woman who shared a young man’s dream

Paul Waugla Wii  

Too young, too late

David Kasei Wapar  

Not leaving it up to chance

Tanya Zeriga-Alone  

Brown Collar Crime

Timothy Pirinduo  

Poetry

That’s my Niugini

Robin Suang  

How you can contribute

Doreen Bauloni

Wingless angels

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura

Dengan biaya untuk - I am lost

Lapieh Landu  

Ode to Anthony Ampe

Chris Baria  

Impaired

Lapieh Landu

I know, I walked

Sioni Ruma

Long tulait bai yumi kalapim dispel banis kalabus

Michael Dom

What lies have I heard ….?

Martyn Namorong  

If only I was a man

Ishmael Palipal  

Sweetember 16

Norm Kava David

Political Fusion

Lapieh Landu  

Sweet poems of mine

Dominica Are  

From the grave

Lapieh Landu  

Sembelie

Ilangin Sangkol  

Sad, sad world

J P Richard  

I am me

Dominica Are  

Sijo on the loss of culture

Michael Dom  

When rifles reigned

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura  

I am innocent but responsible

Gabriel Kuman  

Three tanka

Michael Dom  

I am your angel

Jimmy Drekore  

Sweet tooth

George Kuias  

Meanwhile, the trees keep falling

Gary Juffa  

Our Ancestors

John Kaupa Kamasua  

Domestic violence within

Cecilia Bula  

Protecting my essence

Jeffrey Mane Febi  

How to become a poet

Michael Dom  

My silence

Cecilia Bula  

The positive woman

Dominica Are  

Trumpeter

Jimmy Drekore  

The flame of the Forest

Michael Dom  

Road to Completion

Tracey Terry  

A day in Port Moresby

David Wapar  

Encouragement

Jimmy Drekore  

As a writer

Diddie Kinamun Jackson  

Port Moresby in summary

Michael Geketa  

Sijo for Papua New Guineans

Michael Dom  

Little figures

Emma Tunne Wakpi  

Chant for the spirit world

Reilly Kanamon  

Am I a Melanesian?

Albert Kaupa Tobe  

Disabled

Michael Geketa  

Bilum hanmark bilong ol meri

Mary Fairio  

Write more

Michael Geketa  

I was born a person

Baka Barakove Bina  

Simbu cries but we buy Landcruisers

Jimmy Drekore  

Sweet revenge Stacey

Nahi Tarura  

Tragedy of the Papuan Wonderland

Hela Abu Awira Kaiabe  

Shine Papua New Guinea

Michael Geketa  

Bride price creed

Reilly Kanamon  

The Crocodile Prize

Diddie Kinamun Jackson  

friday six pm

Pauline Riman  

Why must my people suffer?

Gregory Jaze Avira  

Been there, done that: a high school elegy

Obed Ikupu  

Bubu Haine

Betty Isikel  

Mina ya Mama ya Oh Mama

Jimmy Drekore  

Imbia

Caroline Evari  

Soul Speak

Ivy Karue  

Gone

Caroline Evari  

Laif I sot tumas

David Wapar  

Herstory

Pauline Riman  

You Speak Me!

Imelda Yabara  

Shadow Millionaire

Hinafumi Onafimo  

Do you not know?

Michael Dom  

Going nuts, the PNG Way

Hinafumi Onafimo  

An Old Man’s Death

Paul Waugla Wii  

Essays and Journalism

Papua New Guinea a victim of flawed nurturing – an historical commentary

Mathias Kin  

Can the Melanesian Way guarantee a good life?

Tanya Zeriga Alone  

Buai and gift exchange: the Melanesian Way exists!

Yvonne Hani  

Robert fears for Bougainville’s home grown businesses

Leonard Fong Roka  

Tang: our favourite juice, and yes, it’s a way of life

Jeffrey Mane Febi  

The unique nature and character of customary law

David Gonol  

Can I thank you for your human compassion?

Francis Nii  

Is there a Melanesian solution?

Martyn Namorong

Prisoners seek to assist reform in prison

Sonja Barry Ramoi  

Roam alone: A new perspective and a new lease of Life

Jeffrey Mane Febi  

A generation of black beauties: kawas girls we call them

Nigel Matte

My value, my worth

Pamela Josephine Toliman  

Reflections: Our September day shows there’s hope

Emma Tunne Wakpi  

My life with my family during the Bougainville crisis

Ishmael Palipal  

The street people for whom there is no tomorrow

Francis Nii  

I know when I’ll celebrate, but now isn’t the time

Steven Gimbo  

Civil servants: making financial pressure a way of life

Kela Kapkora Sil Bolkin

How Chinese entrepreneurs out-muscle local Papua New Guinean

businesses

Bernard Yegiora  

Tribe versus nation: observations on Papua New Guinea’s core challenge

Gary Juffa  

Thugs, bent coppers and other ordeals along the Okuk Highway

Kela Kapkora Sil Bokin  

O’Neill’s Panguna visit: how the opportunists were thwarted

Leonard Fong Roka 

Pork-barrelling: Jeffrey ‘Santu’ Nape, saviour, giver and Nimai ninja

Bernard Yegiora  

Taim blo kilim pik: the education of a butcher boy

JP Pritchard  

Papua New Guinea as a banana republic: Chinese Li Wu suborns officials

Kela Kapkora Sil Bolkin  

Eventually the price for parental neglect will be paid

Francis Nii  

Corrupting the corrupters – a wayward political journey

Martyn Namorong  

The man who conceived the destruction of Panguna’s power pylons

Leonard Fong Roka  

Disabled people in Papua New Guinea are being shamelessly

exploited by opportunists

Francis Nii  

Greed

Gary Juffa  

The cunning Simbu human Lumbricus terrestris: a new culture

Kela Kapkora Sil Bolkin

Working like you don’t need money: the Chinese in Papua New Guinea

Bomai Witne

Tricks and traps on the Queen’s highway: givim 60 lo Posmosbi!

Gary Juffa  

The trials and perils of the regional city: a case study from Goroka

Bomai Witne  

Griwo’s story: where there’s a will there’s a way

Albert Kaupa Tobe  

Exorcising his demons, Captain Bougainville writes for the future

Reilly Kanamon  

Reflections on Mother’s Day: one Papua New Guinean afternoon

Gary Juffa  

A story of the rural road: deterioration, danger, spades and thieves

Bomai Witne

The story of Sibona Aroma: a difficult life’s journey

Diddie Jackson  

The wiles and guiles of election campaigning in Papua New Guinea

Bomai Witne  

Down at the grassroots: a week with the people of Marum village

Reilly Kanamon  

Corruption and personal responsibility: one hand washes the other

Gary Juffa  

Like Our Lady, we suffered the wounds and survived the crisis

Eleanor Maineke  

In Simbu the Maryjane druggies are given special recognition

Kela Kapkora Sil Bolkin  

Abonas Alotau: a place to refresh the mind and spirit

Gary Juffa  

Heritage Writing

A new trend emerges from the old: avakori culture in Bougainville

Leonard Fong Roka

I have realised that blood is thick and strong

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura

Anganere Pasindia band: discos and prostitution

Kela Kapkora Sil Bolkin

Shy soldiers

J P Richards

Fading images: the evocative legends of my grandmother

Gary Juffa  

Nokondi

Michel Mel

Once upon a leg: a Nokondi story

J P Richards

The legacy of Damien Dameng, the father of Meekamui

Leonard Fong Roka

Tensions rise in the ethnic melting pot that is Jiwaka

Bomai Witne

Maintaining Grandpa’s legacy

David Kasei Wapar

The corrosive effect of westernisation on nuptial tradition

Francis Nii  

Customary marriage protocols among the Aekyom and Gogodala

Terence Ako

Gag-gauamo: the baby cleansing ritual of the upper Simbu

Arnold Mundua  

Memories of boyhood – a typical school day at Tarawai

David Kasei Wapar  

The story of Nembare

Bomai Witne  

The boys transition to manhood – the Madang way

David Kasei Wapar  

Pabaa-bere – the house warming ritual of the Nasoi people of Bougainville

Leonard Fong Roka

‘Bye Nigel’ – mourning in the true spirit of Melanesia

David Kasei Wapar

Tapa and Tattoo Festival: a glimpse of the rich Oro culture

Euralia Paine  

The origin of the human race in Watut mythology

Godwin J Aiawa  

Children’s Writing

The boy who conquered the Paaro of Tairengku

Leonard Fong Roka  

The doorknob

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura  

Rice

Jimmy Drekore

Justice prevails

Ishmael Palipal

The myth of Bakokora, the makutu maker

Leonard Fong Roka

Oa the grasshopper and Kaipa the caterpillar

Iriani Wanma

The day that Onana made friends with the pirung

Leonard Fong Roka

Books

Essy Joyce

My flower that glows in the night

Leonard Fong Roka

A Scary dream

Tom Kaupa

Comments

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Euralia Paine

Truly honoured to be included in this anthology. Thank you KJ and Team. EP

John Kaupa Kamasua

Keith and Phil - You have started a journey for many that will take them into many unexplored areas of their lives and the environment and people around them.

Sky is the limit...but then again beyond the skies the universe has no limits.

Diddie Kinamun Jackson

I am so thrilled to be a part of this event. It's not about what's in it, it's the love of doing something you're passionate about that matters. I am so honoured to be a part of this family.

Jimmy Awagl

Keith, you a working very hard to get this stuff done ahead of time.

I am really amazed to see Simbus are contributing a lot in the Crocodile prize. Congratulations Simbu writers.

Mathias Kin

Thank you all you great people involved in putting together all these papers from around PNG! Must be quite a job.

Once again, Keith and Phil, yutupla strongpla man tru.

Marlene Potoura

I am so thrilled to see that you are publishing 5 of my short stories. Thank you so much.

Arnold Mundua

A total surprise! I never thought my contribution will go this far in the anthology. Thanks.

David Kasei Wapar

Can't wait to grab a copy of that.

Many thanks to those behind the wheel!

Gary Juffa

Thanks Keith. I am thrilled at the growing interest in literature, writing and publishing in PNG.

Thanks to all the contributors and the supporters and most importantly the enablers, people like Keith who take time to maintain the momentum. Thanks again!

Michael Dom

Very well done. Dispela pukpuk emi gat plenti moa tit.

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