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Abt women's writing award open for entries in Crocodile Prize

Abt logo with tagBEN JACKSON | The Crocodile Prize

PORT MORESBY - The Crocodile Prize, Papua New Guinea’s national literary contest, has announced that entries are now open for the Abt Associates Award for Women’s Literature.

The award carries K5,000 prize money for the winning writer.

Abt, which has supported the contest in previous years, has committed a total of K20,000 to the 2019 prize which will also cover publication of the anthology of the best writing, expenses for the awards ceremony and bringing winners to Port Moresby for the event.

Geoff Scahill, Abt’s vice president program delivery, said the award for women’s literature will be given for the most outstanding piece of writing that reflects the distinct experiences of women in PNG.

“We are pleased to support this great initiative, which gives a voice to the diverse perspectives of Papua New Guineans,” he said.

“Abt is a strong advocate for empowerment and equity for all women and this goal is at the heart of our activities in PNG and around the world.

“The award for women’s literature fits our PNG-grown vision, Skelim Pawa, Stretim Pasin (Shared Power, Aligned Actions).

“We are committed to supporting PNG organisations and individuals, be it through the Crocodile Prize, the Medical Society or the Lik Lik Skul Foundation.”

The generous support from Abt will see the eventual winner receive K5,000 prize money and – most importantly – outstanding entries will be immortalised in the Crocodile Prize anthology, which is published and distributed throughout PNG and beyond.

Abt has a deep association with PNG that began two decades ago with the specialist delivery of health services.

Today, its works covers health, leadership development, decentralisation, citizen engagement, economic governance and inclusive growth.

This supports security, stability and basic service delivery for all Papua New Guineans.

Entries to the award for women’s literature are open to all Papua New Guinean women and the writing may cover short stories, essays, journalism and poetry.

For entry information visit or


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Kenny Pawa Ambaisi

Is this competition for women only?

It is, Kenny. But the heritage writing contest already announced is for everyone and the organisers will soon announce the poetry, essays/journalism, short story and writing for children contests - categories which will be open to both males and females - KJ

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