OUR fingers are still on holiday and unwilling to pick up a biro or engage a keyboard to brainstorm ideas about the vacation.
But it really is time to pick-up from what we left last year.
The passion of writing for the bigger Crocodile Prize in 2016 seems to have gone in vain.
Writers and contributors are kept in suspense and tired of waiting to know when the only literary competition in Papua New Guinea will commence for this year.
The Crocodile Prize has its own program and schedule to execute. Its dates of entry and the closing date need to be broadcast. The dates for the publication of the Anthology, the declaration of winners as well as the award presentation need to be known.
It should have commenced in the last month of last year. In fact it has been delayed for almost a month.
My experience with the Crocodile Prize was that for last year entries commenced on 19 December 2014. But weeks have passed and nothing has appeared in PNG Attitude declaring when the Prize will commence.
The most important thing is that entries for the various categories of writing should have commenced for the 2016 competition. They should already be abundant.
Since the scheduled closing date for the competition falls at the end of June, we only have five months to go.
Several articles written by Keith and Phil were like a warning call. They were even a challenge to individuals and institution in PNG to see literature as a paramount tool for development and civilisation.
Some of the sentiments in the articles conveyed an inferred notion for Papua New Guineans to honour the responsibility entrusted in them to execute the contest in 2016.
We do not want PNG literature to be drowning; we want to see it swimming strongly through the rivers of Papua New Guinea as it has done these past five years.
Keith and Phil undertook a worthy cause to enrich our writers and encourage them to express their views openly without fear or favour.
Most of our writings entered for the Crocodile Prize were well edited and we saw those articles in published books. This was another terrific indication of how significant the Crocodile Prize has been.
What Keith and Phil have done for our nation will remain as a legacy.
The crocodile swam for five years. Is it still swimming today in the waters of Papua New Guinea? Or is it drowning?
Who is responsible to rescue the swimming crocodile and call the Crocodile Prize home?
When will the competition commence?