PORT MORESBY - The Crocodile Prize is Papua New Guinea's highest literary award. For the past two years it has been predominantly PNG-run and funded after being handed over by its Australian founders.
I have volunteered these past two years as a member of the Crocodile Prize Organizing Committee and yesterday I hosted the Crocodile Prize literary awards ceremony.
This was witnessed by various dignitaries including Dr Anna Joskin from the University of PNG literature department and United States Ambassador to PNG, Catherine Erbet-Gray.
“As the founders of the Crocodile Prize, Keith Jackson and I are as pleased as Punch to see it surviving and prospering," said Phil Fitzpatrick.
"While it was a great initiative back in 2011, we always knew that one day it would be handed over to Papua New Guinea to run.
"We must admit we had some doubts about its survival and some of the early ructions amongst the organising committee didn’t inspire us with confidence," he said.
"However, under the guiding hand of chairman, Emmanuel Peni, assisted by a dedicated team of volunteers and the faith of its many sponsors the prize has emerged on a solid footing.
"We would like to congratulate all those involved and wish them and the prize much good fortune for the future. It is always great to see a good news story come out of PNG and this is one of the better ones." Phi said.”
The winners of the 2017 Crocodile Prize for Literature are:
Peter Jokisie - Children's Writing
Evah Kuamin Banige - Essays and Journalism
Jordan Dean - Donald Cleland Heritage Writing
Annie Dori – Poetry
Kirsten Aria - Women's Writing
Louisah Enos - Halmeier Family Facebook Competition
And many thanks to our sponsors
Port Moresby Arts Theatre (Best Short Play)
PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (Essays and Journalism)
Haltmeier Family (Facebook and NBC Radio Competition)
Cleland Family (Heritage Writing)
Kina Securities (Poetry)
Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (Short Stories)
Mineral Resources Development Corporation (Women in Writing)
Library for All - Australia (Writing for Children)
Bank South Pacific (Promotions and Publicity)
Bmobile Vodafone (Ticket for the Winner of Short Story Category)
People wanting to volunteer their services to the Crocodile Prize committee or to sponsor the prize in 2018 can email the Crocodile Prize committee here.