I’VE BEEN a bit reluctant to release the final and free version of the Crocodile Prize Anthology 2016 because it does not fully incorporate all the material submitted to the competition, most notably some of the prizewinning entries.
This came about because 2016 was a transition year when the competition came under sole Papua New Guinean control and there were hiccups.
Although I had volunteered to edit and publish the anthology, several breakdowns in communication meant I didn’t receive all the entries worth including in the book.
But it’s already May and I thought it would be worthwhile offering the usual free PFD, which you can find here, and if more suitable material arrives I’m happy to update the book so it is more reflective of the true merit of what was submitted to the competition.
That said, the volume of PNG writing that I managed to include is impressive, of high quality and well worth reading.
What happens in the future I’m not sure. The organisers experienced an extremely steep learning curve but should have now identified and overcome most of the major problems. All credit to Emmanuel Peni and his team.
What is required now is for the writers of PNG to get behind him and help. That’s the only way the competition will survive.
If you are a writer and want to thrive and publish your work, you have to help. There is no other way.