THE old Croc has been in hibernation and seems to have overslept.
As you are no doubt aware the ‘Made in PNG’ version of the Crocodile Prize is also having a few teething problems.
Rest assured, it’s on its way.
However, in this year of transition, it has been necessary to consider a range of issues including potentialities and capabilities and to adjust our aspirations accordingly.
One of those capabilities that has proven unworkable is the concept of a committee of management. The committee decided upon in Kundiawa last year is just not working. Despite the enthusiasm and promises the members have just not responded. Quite often they won’t even answer emails. They are a dud committee.
In place of the committee a loose group of individuals are coming together to see the old Croc safely through 2016. At this stage they are Baka Bina, Emmanuel Peni, Joycelin Leahy and Rashmii Bell.
The workload has been divided up as follows:
Baka will be in charge of recruiting sponsors and developing a business plan and looking after finances. Emmanuel will be helping him and kicking in a bit of publicity at the same time.
At this stage it is highly likely that the 2016 prizes will be considerably reduced, both in monetary value and the range of categories open to entries. Hopefully this will change in subsequent years. This shouldn’t bother the really dedicated writers.
The prize amounts will be determined later and will depend on sponsorship but the categories will be short stories, essays and poetry. This should expand later too. If you can fit children’s stories, heritage writing etc. into one of these categories go for it.
The business plan will be developed during the coming year and is not urgent and Baka will develop it as the year progresses.
Joycelin will be receiving the entries and doing the initial assessments. Rashmii will be helping her. Those entries deemed of merit will be passed on to Phil Fitzpatrick for editing and possible inclusion in the 2016 anthology. He will pass on the really good ones to Keith for publication on PNG Attitude.
At this stage we are assuming that the 2016 awards will be held in Madang. These are likely to occur at the end of the academic year, probably in early December, rather than around Independence Day in September. We’ll keep you posted.
The competition will commence tomorrow, Wednesday 27 January. Entries should be sent to Joycelin at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include a brief biography and contact details with your entry. Entries without this information will be ineligible for the competition.
We also have a Google Plus page called Crocodile Prize. Anyone can add themselves and join the discussions.
The cut-off date for entries will be 27 July and the winners will be announced in early November.