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Emmanuel Peni & his book, SibonaEMMANUEL PENI

Paga Hill logo 2THE CROCODILE Prize Inc is pleased to announce that, for a second year running, the Paga Hill Development Company has generously agreed to sponsor the Writing for Children category in this year’s national literary awards.

Paga Hill joins eight other entities in providing the critical support required for the maintenance of Papua New Guinea’s important awards for creative writing and illustration

SP logoThe Crocodile Prize would not be possible if it weren’t for the kindness of Kina Finance (poetry), PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (essays & journalism), Abt and Associates (emerging young writer), Mineral Resources Development Company (women in writing), Kumul Petroleum Holdings (short stories), South Pacific Brewery (illustration), Cleland Family (heritage writing) and Paga Hill Development Company (writing for children).

The Crocodile Prize is a literary competition open to citizens of Papua New Guinea of all ages and is a way for all Papua New Guineans to express themselves in writing, whether it be in poetry, short story, essay or illustration.

Abt logoIt provides an opportunity for people seeking recognition in the literary domain or for those who just want their opinions to be heard through commentary and journalism. Writing represents freedom of speech and freedom of expression which can project a world of meaning and inspiration.

Kina logoThe working committee of the Crocodile Prize Inc is grateful to all of our sponsors for their generosity to the people of Papua New Guinea. The Prize is not only an opportunity to earn recognition and money. It is also a journey that includes the pride of seeing one’s writing being published alongside many other aspiring and legitimate PNG writers.

The experience should inspire people to write more and create opportunities for themselves and others to get their work published.

MRDC logoThe nine categories in this year’s competition, listed above, include the Abt Associates award for an emerging young writer, a new classification added this year.

The winners of the Crocodile Prize will be announced on Thursday 24 November and the prize-giving will take place on Thursday 8 December from 5-7 pm at the Australian High Commission at Waigani when the winners will be given their awards at a special reception.

Kumul logoFormal dress will be required for the event at which authors, commentators, bloggers and eminent citizens will be in attendance.

Prior to the reception, a writer’s workshop will convene from 9am to 2pm at a venue to be announced. This will be a great opportunity for people who want to explore their passion in writing.

Chamber of Mines logoCongratulations to all those writers who have sent in entries to the Crocodile Prize since its launch in January. The 2016 working committee members, supporters and sponsors wish you all the best in the competition.

Follow the Crocodile Prize on our webpage here www.crocodileprize.com or visit the Crocodile Prize Facebook page.


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Alexander Nara

Any updates? :)

Jimmy Awagl

Did the Crocodile Prize award presentation happen on 8 December at the Australian High Commission without the announcement of winners?

Jimmy Awagl

When will there be a declaration of Crocodile Prize winners for 2016?

Jimmy Awagl

When will the 2016 Croc Prize winners be declared as the proposed date has now been passed.

Arnold Mundua

And this winners list for 2016?

Philip Fitzpatrick

The awards ceremony will be held at the Australian High Commission on December 8 between 5 - 7 pm Alexander.

Check to Croc Prize website for details.

Alexander Nara

Any latest updates?

Leo Maso Malala

Some of us are new to this programme as contributors & writers in PNG.Please inform us of any events that we ought to know & act. This will motivate us to write more & enter the competition or just write for publicity that will make us proud.

Francis Nii

Manu, I think your announcement of the different sponsored categories came out very late in fact after the closure of the entry date.

I wonder if you have received enough entries for each category. For the benefit of the writers and readers, can you tell us the number of entries received for each category? Is that too hard to ask?

Daniel Kumbon

An obvious exclusion of this year’s Crocodile Prize is the ‘Book of the Year’ award which to me was the main presentation in view of time and effort it takes to produce a book.

May I ask Emmanuel Peni and his good team to approach Createspace to sponsor this category next year and perhaps give them the honour of independently selecting the ‘Book of the Year’?

We must try and forge a relationship with them because it seems to me that Papua New Guinean authored books will continue to be self-published with Amazon’s Createspace for some time.

Emmanuel Peni

Ruth Moiam,Martyn Namorong,Baka Nina, Gretel Matawan, Marlene Potoura , Joycelin Leahy have really rallied together. All our other champions thank you too. Organising the prize is only a tiny aspect of the work.

Getting people to read and write will be our biggest challenge.

Thank you every one for the belief. To all the sponsors,thank you on behalf of the people of Papua New Guinea.

Arnold Mundua

That is great news...thanks to all the sponsors.

Francis Nii

Well done, Manu, Martyn and the team. I agree with Ed; it would better if you can tell us the total entries in each category.

Rashmii Bell

Well done Emmanuel! This is great news and a fantastic effort by COG and the sponsors. All the best.

Ed Brumby

This is great news, Manu. It would be good, too, to know how many entries have been received thus far.

Daniel Kumbon

Thanks to all the companies and the Cleland family for supporting literary development in PNG.

I extend a special 'thank you' to Paga Hill Development Company for its continuous support and in establishing the annual McKinnon-Paga Hill Development Company Fellowship scheme in which Francis Nii, Martyn Namorong and myself were the first to benefit.

Paga Hill Development Company executives indicated they will include a bookshop and cultural centre in their seafront development in downtown Port Moresby, for which I am grateful. PNG-authored books will be on display there.

It seems there was no sponsor for the Book of the Year Award, an obvious exclusion in this year's presentations. Maybe we will find a sponsor next year.

Finally, well done Emmanuel Peni, Baka Bina and your team for organising this year's event.

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