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Croc roars: Jimmy Drekore announces sponsors & new art prize


THE Crocodile Prize Organisation today announced the sponsors of the fifth year of Papua New Guinea’s national writing awards.

Chairman Jimmy Drekore (pictured) also has confirmed that next year’s awards event will be held in Kundiawa on 18 and 19 September, the first time it has been celebrated outside Port Moresby.

Mr Drekore said the sponsors’ roster for 2015 includes the PNG Government, SP Brewery, Ok Tedi Mining, Kina Securities, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, and the family of former colonial Administrator Sir Donald Cleland and his wife Dame Rachel Cleland.

The PNGAA Publishing Program is also renewed for a second year, which ensures that at least 500 copies of the Crocodile Prize Anthology will be distributed free of charge to PNG libraries and schools.

Jimmy Drekore announced that SP Brewery is funding the first Award for Illustration which he said “extends the Crocodile Prize to PNG’s artistic community”.

He also said the prize is still seeking sponsors for other awards including drama and writing for children.

“We expect that total prize money this year will be of the order of K50,000,” he said.

“Additional funds will eb spent on the production of the fifth annual Crocodile Prize Anthology of the best PNG creative writing, which Phil Fitzpatrick is editing again.”

Mr Drekore said full details of the 2015 awards program can be found on the Crocodile prize website and the popular PNG Attitude blog.


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