5 Short List Winners of the 2017 Crocodile Prize Competition, Library for all, Writing for Children Category

Children’s writing is a specialised kind of literature. Generally, for children’s literature in PNG, our PNG culture has the same stories told to adults as well as children. The same messages are passed on through legends, tales, fables, comedy, parody, satire and spoof to all ages. However, in modern literature, there are some significant differences. Basically, the writing for children portions out the central ideas and bring out just one tiny aspect of a larger thought or concept in a story or illustration as a literature piece. The idea of love or kindness for example, can possibly be expressed in many many short stories, breaking up the central theme or concept into bits and pieces. This helps to build the required building blocks for the bigger or larger concept for the child as they develop their personalities. The central element of writing for children (more like an unstated golden rule) is that illustrations have to be part of the writing. Our entries for the 2017, Crocodile Prize Competition illustrates a need for PNG writers to embrace illustrations in their art. This year’s entries could also benefit from a writing workshop or coaching specializing in writing for children. Otherwise, the entries this year, small in numbers came from a diverse background. The winner of the year, 2016 Crocodile Prize Competition, Abt and Assiociate, Emerging Young writers, Mr Peter Jokisie sent in the winning entry piece. Who would have thought Peter Jokisie could win the Writing for Children Category, when he wrote about drugs and adult themes with sophistication and deliciously arranged words.

The ‘Library for all’ an NGO from Australia, came on board to support the Crocodile Prize to create more publicity to and sponsored the Prize for the Writing for Children Category.

Below are the short list winners of the 2017 Crocodile Prize Competition, Library for all, Writing for Children Category.

 Hunting Trip by Leila Parina

 Charlotte and the Shiny Crocodile by Peter Jokisie

 Bruno satisfied his hunger for meat by Charlene Nii

 Snoopy the Lost Puppy by Jordan Dean

 The Collapsed Mess Table by Jimmy Awagl

Hunting Trip by Leila Parina
Leilah says she is not an outgoing person. She prefers to spend time alone or with those who are close to her. She loves reading, writing, sketching, and dancing. Leila is happy to Volunteer her time with worthwhile projects.

Leilah has been writing since she was 9 years old (mostly in her personal journals/diaries) but her first published work was just out in 2017. A piece called ‘A paradigm shift’ was featured in the PNG anthology ‘My walk to Equality’. Leilah has written poems, short stories and essays.

Charlotte and the Shiny Crocodile by Peter Jokisie
Peter is a Safety Supervisor with the, Dulux Group LTD
Peter and is from Morobe and lives in Lae. He enjoys reading and writing in the following genres: thrillers, fantasy, horror and science fiction.

He has been writing for seven years. Peter writes under my pseudonym of J.P. Richard. Some his work has been published in the Crocodile Prize Anthologies of 2012, 2014 and 2016. He won the award for the 2016 Crocodile Prize Competition, Abt and Associates, Emerging Young Writer Award.

Bruno satisfied his hunger for meat by Charlene Nii
Charlene works in Sales. She is inspired by her father Francis Nii who is an established Author in PNG. Charlene plans to continue writing.

Snoopy the Lost Puppy by Jordan Dean
Jordan Dean works as a Director (until confirmed) of Grants Management Organisation in Port Moresby, NCD. He has been writing as a hobby for over a decade. Several of his poems and short stories have been published on international sites and magazines including: Power Poetry, Dissident Voice Magazine, Creative Talents Unleashed, Tuck Magazine, Micro Poetry, Story Write, Spill Words Literary Press and PNG Attitude. Jordan has published 4 books: ‘Tattooed Face: A collection of Poems’ (2016), ‘Follow the Rainbow: Selected Poems’ (2016), ‘Stranger in Paradise & other Short Stories’ (2016) and ‘Silent Thoughts: Exploring Poetry’’ (2017). These books are available on Amazon.

The Collapsed Mess Table by Jimmy Awagl
Jimmy is a secondary school teacher. He is the founder & vice president of Simbu Writers Association. He regularly contributes to the PNG Attitude Blogg. He writes as a hobby apart from classroom teaching. Jimmy has authored four books so far. He plans to write and publish more books.


Five entries shortlisted for the 2017 Crocodile Prize Cleland Family Heritage Category Award

The 2017 Crocodile Prize Cleland Family Heritage Category received a collection of interesting topics that were written about and sent in. This continues to highlight our rich tapestry of stories which is an intricate and significant part of our Papua New Guinean cultural heritage. Our forefathers created, maintained and strengthened relationships through stories in Papua New Guinea. The skill of storytelling is like a rope being weaved together in varying styles, colours and strength for a perfect bilum to capture and carry the rich and unique culture and heritage of our people. Stories were sacred and were told appropriately and respectfully at the right time. Stories in Papua New Guinea were culturally used for several noble purposes by our ancestors and they were exchanged freely and as gifts. Knowledge was transferred through stories and traditional mark-making. Telling stories was embedded into daily activities. Stories were sung in songs for the dead and the living, for harvest, for births and celebrations. Our elders were super banks of knowledge and information and ensured this intangible asset was handed down to the right person in the family to continue to take this knowledge and practice into the future. All stories were told for each generation to pass on as a way of safeguarding history. Stories were also entertainment in themselves and evening sessions by the fire created warmth and unity amongst families, friends and tribeswomen and tribesmen.

The Cleland Family has been the sponsor for this category since the inception of the competition. This family has a rich story of their connections to PNG, a place they call home. They see without doubt the significance of capturing these stories. Our culture has evolved significantly but these literary entries are a captured snapshot of the piece of time.
Thank you for those who have sent in stories from their knowledge banks, found in their story shelves and readily available in their pockets. Thank you for being part of a process to help document our culture.
Congratulations to have been selected as winners of the 2017 Crocodile Prize Competition Cleland Family Heritage Category. The shortlisted entrants of the competition come with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Listed below are the titles and the names of entrants considered as winners.

The Entries and the Entrants

 Busanu by Julie Sugoho

 The Necessity of Integrating Traditional Engan Education with Modern
Education by Simon E Davidson

 Mwata’yala (A legend about the lake people) by Jordan Dean

 Gabubu (A legend of the White Dove) by Jordan Dean

 My Family Heritage – NGAI by EVAH KUAMIN BANIGE

Busanu by Julie Sugoho
Julie is a Customs Broker based in Lae, Morobe Province. Julie loves to read and do many things besides her work and her Volunteering with an NGO. She started writing at around 2012, when she joined Toastmasters, because she had to write her own speeches. She has been taking part in the Crocodile book prize since 2013.

My Family Heritage – NGAI by EVAH KUAMIN BANIGE
Evah Kuamin Banige is an Administration Officer in Lae, Morobe Province.
She is passionate about writing, helping children and advocating for change and development in her community. She wrote: ‘Victims of violence have to rise up and speak out for their own good. I believe I have taken the biggest step to write about my experiences as a woman facing violence through this competition’.
She has been writing since her primary school days. She won a prize for the story of her experience in the 1994 Twin Volcanic Eruptions which was published in book of collection of short stories. Part of 4th Year Journalism Thesis was published in the South Pacific Islands Journalism Communication. One of her entry won the 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) Best Award in the Print Category of the PNG Media Awards.

The Necessity of Integrating Traditional Engan Education with Modern Education by Simon. E Davidson
Simon E Davidson is from Mulitaka Village, Wabag in the Enga Province. Simon is a Pastor by training and currently work as a teacher who is interested and enjoys creative writing, especially poems, essays and novels. He started writing in 2013, after many false starts. He wrote poems and short stories and a few novels which are yet to be published. Some of his short articles were published in the PNG attitude blog.

Mwata’yala (A legend about the lake people) by Jordan Dean
Jordan Dean works as a Director (until confirmed) of Grants Management Organisation in Port Moresby, NCD. He has been writing as a hobby for over a decade. Several of his poems and short stories have been published on international sites and magazines including: Power Poetry, Dissident Voice Magazine, Creative Talents Unleashed, Tuck Magazine, Micro Poetry, Story Write, Spill Words Literary Press and PNG Attitude.
Jordan has published 4 books: ‘Tattooed Face: A collection of Poems’ (2016), ‘Follow the Rainbow: Selected Poems’ (2016)), ‘Stranger in Paradise & other Short Stories’ (2016)) and ‘Silent Thoughts: Exploring Poetry’’ (2017)). These books are available on Amazon.

Gabubu (A legend of the White Dove) by Jordan Dean

2017 Competition Report

Compiled by Gretel Matawan and Emmanuel Peni

This is an account of the 2017 Crocodile Prize Competition

The Voluntary Organising Committee (VOC) of the Annual 2017 Crocodile Prize Literature Competition in PNG is happy to announce that a successful year of literature competition has come to a close. We would like to thank all the sponsors and the public who have sincerely supported this competition.

There have been several queries on when the winners will be announced. The VOC is excited too to know about the winners.  However, the winners will have to be administered through a lengthy process of judging and selection.  Our Volunteers have put together the folders (9 altogether) of the entries. Below is the summary of the entrants and the entries for this year.

This is the 7th year of the Annual Literature Prize.  This year the VOC received 245 entries from 87 Papua New Guinean writers and artists.

The Table 1.0 shows that the majority of the writers are from NCD. The VOC did its best to use several media platforms to reach every PNG citizens.  It is unfortunate that very few entries are coming in from outside of NCD.  The Committee is looking at accepting written pieces on paper from remote places in 2018.  Otherwise, the VOC will do its best to reach out to the people of PNG in 2018. Hopefully we get some entries from even those provinces not listed here:  West Sepik, Southern Highlands, Hela, Western Highlands, New Ireland, Central and other PNG citizens living abroad. We have an entry from Fiji.  We can confirm that it is from a Papua New Guinean citizen.  We would like to also report that the entries from Gulf Province were from Kikori secondary schools after a visit by a member of the VOC in 2017.   Our publicity and communications team have learnt a lot in promoting writing in the last two years of work in PNG. Literature spaces and activities in PNG have declined to a state of irrelevance.  This is a tragic and frightening trend when considering Google and fb and Alibaba and more are fighting and in the process spending billions to get information from people around the world. When will Papua New Guineans wake up and write our own history, experiences and our aspirations?  Why do we let outsiders do it from their reference point and own our stories?

Table 1.0 shows the Provinces and the number of writers/artists who have sent in their literary piece(s).

Provinces (Areas) Number of Entrants
East New Britain 3
East Sepik 3
Eastern Highlands 4
Fiji 1
Gulf 3
Jiwaka 2
Madang 2
Manus 3
Milne Bay 2
Morobe 5
Mt Hagen 1
NCD 46
No Response 2
Oro 1
Central 1
Simbu 1
West New Britain 3
Western 1
Grand Total 87


There are 8 categories showing here in which entries have been received for. Of these entries two other category winners will be selected from.  These are: Emerging Young writer and Women in Writing.  The figures in the table clearly show that poetry is the most preferred literary piece to be written and sent in at 53% of the total. It is exciting to see that short stories went over half a century.  The VOC will work hard to help the writers/artists of PNG write or illustrate more our experiences, past and our dreams. It is unfortunate that Heritage writing continue to register low levels of entries. One can easily imagine anyone telling a tumbuna story (we have thousands) or describe a cultural experience.

Writing for children is one category; the Crocodile Prize is going to promote more in the next couple of months. We are interested to have more stories for our children so they become readers of our own journey.    

VOC will be more available for Essay and Journalism category next year after the Crocodile Prize blog has been upgraded to Premium.     There will be more interaction and discussions on the entry pieces sent in.

Table 2.0 shows the number of entries received for the categories in which prizes were secured for 2017.

The 2017 Categories Number of Entries
Short Play 3
Essays and Journalism 26
FB & NBC Radio Comp 4
Heritage Writing 14
Illustrations 3
Poetry 130
Short Stories 52
Writing for Children 13
Total 245

It is exciting to see that the 60% of the entries came from the economically active population of ages between 21 – 40 years (refer to Pie chart 1.0 below). It is unfortunate that the older population who would have had many experiences and culturally more rooted sent in less this year.  It is presumed that those who have resigned or have their careers stalling (11% of the total entries) would find passion somewhere else and writing and illustrating could have been a healthier, productive and meaningful diversion.

Chart 1.0 also gives a good indication on the members of the writing societies whom the VOC will target next year to promote, guide and support and engage in the literature competition. Even if they do not want to participate, their entries or submission can be used to add to the body of knowledge captured for generations to use to understand the evolution of the PNG cultural heritage.    
Where to from here:

The process of identifying the winners will take two months. Firstly, the folders will be sent to those who will cull (select what can be judged) from whatever numbers down to 10 entries. The 10 entries will then be sent to the judges who will then select only the top 5 entries. The top 5 entries will lastly be sent to the sponsors who select the winner.  We will announce the 5 shortlist at the end of January 2018. The winners will be announced at a Ceremony at the Grand Papua Hotel on the 10th February 2018.  There will be an official gathering where the 2018 Crocodile Prize Competition will also be launched.  Stay tuned for the announcements and the winners and the launching.

A burning question to discuss is the participation of women in PNG. Both 2016 and 2017, (under the leadership of Papua New Guineans) have proven beyond doubt the participation of women in writing has gained its foot hold.  There are more women sending in entries (55 %) than men folks.  The quality and diversity of the entries far outweigh that of men. Women were the youngest of the entrants and the oldest. Last year’s winner of the Paga Hill Foundation Writing for Children Category was a 14 year old girl from Bougainville.   Females were more active in asking for information and following the rules and guidelines.  The tides have turned and so there must be a category for Boys in writing and Men in writing.

The only issue encountered by the administrative team of the VOC was the lack of respect to the rules and procedures. One of the entrants sent in 23 entries altogether. Clearly this person did ignore the rules or did not bother to ask for clarification.  Others continue to send in entries without the entry forms.  This may sound like hard work to you as an entrant, but technology has made it so easy. One can literally take a snap shot of the entry from and inbox this through fb messenger or email it in picture format.

The VOC takes pride in our work in one tiny area of literature in PNG. What we are especially proud about is our process on identifying the winner.  Our selection and judging process is very stringent. We want to instil integrity into the processes and give an opportunity for the public, sponsors, supporters and participants to believe that we have been transparent and accountable. We want to show and prove that we can be objective and manage wantok system, nepotism and any other possible foul play or conflict of interest.

Otherwise the VOC are privileged to be given the opportunity to lead the Crocodile Prize. The VOC would like to congratulate everyone on their efforts and wish everyone a success in their different endeavours.

 Our Sponsors:

Sponsors Category
Port Moresby Arts Theatre Best Short Play
PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum Essays and Journalism
Haltmeier Family FB & NBC Radio Comp
Cleland family Heritage Writing
Yet to Announce Illustrations
Kina Securities Poetry
Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited Short Stories
Mineral Resources Development Corporations Women in Writing
Library for all, Australia Writing for Children


The Interim Working Committee

Chairman: Emmanuel Peni, (Author, Director – People Centred OD Consult)

Deputy Chair: Joycelin Leahy (Blogger and Author, operating out of Brisbane, Australia)

Other member of the working Committee:

Ruth Moiam, Consultant (World Bank Communications)

Martyn Namorong, (Blogger, National Coordinator – EITI)

Baka Bina, (Supreme Courts – Human Resources)

Gretel Matawan, (Communications, Institute of National Affairs)


Apologies for Silence

Message from the 2017 Volunteer Organising Committee of the Crocodile Prize

Dear everyone

The Volunteer Organising Committee would like to sincerely apologise for the silence we have given to all.

Our Volunteers are putting together the folders (10 altogether) of the entries, and are summarizing all the entries so we can have a comprehensive response as a report to you all.

The folders will go to those who will cull ( select what can be judged) from what ever numbers down to 10 entries. The 10 finalists entries will then be sent to the judges who will select only 5 entries. The 5 entries will go to the sponsors so that the winner can be selected from.

Our selection and judging process is very stringent. We want to instill integrity into the processes and give an opportunity for the public, sponsors, supporters and participants to believe that we have been transparent and accountable. We want to show and prove that we can be objective and manage wantok system, nepotism and any other possible foul play or conflict of interest.

Please bear with us.

We will also publish all the names of all those who sent in entries in the Post Courier next Friday – so look out. On Friday we will also have decisions: on when the finalists will be announced, when the Prize Giving Ceremony will take place and other important information. We will publish these on the news paper too. We initially planned on announcing the winners in December 2017. But this is not feasible anymore. we appologise too for this.

Thank you for your understanding.

We apologise again for the delayed announcement.

Yours sincerely

2017 Volunteer Organising Committee

Crocodile Prize Committee Members Promote PNG National Book Week

Caption: EMTV footage showing children in the National Book Week activities.

The Crocodile Prize Association Inc committee members and authors Baka Bina, Emmanuel Peni and Marlene Dee Gray Potoura are taking part in and promoting reading and writing in the PNG National Book Week this week.

Author of “Sibona” Mr Peni yesterday visited and spoke to 600 Grade 8 students at Ward Strip Demonstration school. He will return tomorrow to address the whole school. Tomorrow, Committee executive and three-time PNG author Mr Bina will address the Tokarara High School tomorrow and Marlene Dee Gray Potoura will address the Book Week assembly in Salvation Army School in Lae. It is hoped that the committee members whilst promoting the importance of reading to PNG children, the authors can also share personal stories about how much writing is just as important as reading.

It is also an opportunity for the committee to promote the national literary competition, particularly the Young Writer’s Award in the Crocodile Prize and answer any queries from the future writers.

The committee this year has been particularly vocal about the importance to develop a strong PNG voice in stories written by national writers. The committee sees that the National Book Week is one avenue that voice can be developed through.


Crocodile Prize Inc – A New Association for Papua New Guinea Writers

The Crocodile Prize Committee 2016 is proud to announce that it is officially an association as of this week. The Competition Committee Vice Chairperson Joycelin Leahy said it is a dream come true for writers in PNG to finally have a proper organisation and a place where the voice of PNG can be developed through literature.

“Having a properly registered organisation means the association can run confidently and transparently and this will boost the government, private sector and donor support for Papua New Guinea writers and the Crocodile Prize competition, ” Ms Leahy said.

She also said becoming registered means the voluntary committee is serious about promoting literature in PNG. “Having an association is a milestone for PNG literature and we are also proud that despite the looming political and economic crisis in PNG, the Crocodile Prize has received immense support from the private sector. And with this small but strong working committee, we will keep the competition running,” Ms Leahy said.

A handful of PNG committee members (Emmanual Peni, Martyn Marorong, Ruth Moaim, Baka Bina and Joycelin Leahy) who had worked tirelessly to promote the competition and seek funding for prizes also contributed their own money to process and register the association. Another PNG author and recently joined committee member Marlene Dee Gray Poutora also contributed to the registration of the association. This is the first step to formalise Crocodile Prize Inc’s activities and the committee hopes that with support, the association will run smoothly, increase writer- participation and build up membership of national writers in PNG and overseas. The Crocodile Prize competition has been running for five years as a voluntary event.

Ms Leahy said the credit for achieving an association status was due to the hard-working committee but credit has to go to Emmanual Peni, an author and a very enthusiastic committee member who worked tirelessly to get all the paper-work processed for the association. “Manu is a writer himself and he knows how hard it is to get work published, how PNG’s own writers are hardly recognised and how little creative writing is appreciated. We are traditional storytellers and our stories and ways of telling them is one educational and cultural heritage we as Papua New Guineans must be proud of, she said.

Ms Leahy said she hopes that the new association can give the committee more power and zest to bring Crocodile Prize competition to every aspiring writer and PNG children who love stories and story-telling”; we want to read and promote your stories – send them in”, Ms Leahy said.

The Crocodile Prize 2016 competition was expected till the end of this month, but due to events in PNG and the process in getting the organisation registered, the competition deadline could be extended. The association is now open to Papua New Guineans to join for a small membership contribution. Please continue to check this blog for more details. Competition submissions can continue to be sent to: crocodile prize@gmail.com



Stories from Living…Marlene Dee Gray Potoura

“Every crater, hole, crevice, river…EVERTHING in the village has a story about how it came to be. I heard stories from my matrilineal grandmother who was from Eastern Highlands Province and my patrilineal grandfather, who was from Buin, South Bougainville. My grandmother’s stories were about our ancestors who came from the Solomon Islands. Tambuna stories were shared in front of  bonfires every evening and often continued onto the next night. My passion for storytelling came from living a life where storytelling was part of our daily activity” – Marlene Dee Gray Potoura

Where Marlene writes


A writer from Papua New Guinea, Bougainville Island, Marlene this week volunteered and joined the Crocodile Working Committee 2016. The Crocodile Committee 2016 Acting Chairperson Joycelin Leahy welcomed Marlene.

“Marlene is a serious writer and very passionate person about her craft, her stories and her heritage. Her skills and expertise as an educator would also tremendously assist this committee,” Ms Leahy said.

The Crocodile Blog speaks to Marlene about her passion for writing.

“My passion for writing stems from my love for words and sentences. Verbally, I am a great storyteller also. Commonwealth Writers Blog will be publishing a special feature on my personal experience in Bougainville in June, as titled ‘Fugitives.’

I am also writing a Bougainville Memoir as the memories that are imbed in my mind keeps sprouting like fresh flowers. I am a child of the 70s. I didn’t grow up watching TV, playing video games or spent time on cell phones. I sat beside village bonfires and listened to stories from my aunties, uncles and grandparents. Tambuna stories were shared in front of bonfires every evening and often continued on to the next night. My passion for storytelling came from living a life where storytelling was part of our daily activity.

I did written compositions with biros and did the morning talk standing in front of the class, trying my best to speak English among many other PNG dialects I was fluent in. I ritually sang hymns in our village church mornings and evenings; with these lungs, I blew the fire to cook and these hands, I chopped firewood and dug kaukaus to help feed my family.

I was shipped off to Kambubu high school on the outskirts between Pomio and Kokopo, to total isolation. I ate tapioca for lunch and dinner and worked in the farms where my fingers got blistered from pulling out karapa weeds. I was disciplined in Pathfinder Groups, marching in the scorching tropical sun which gave me a permanent double tan. Despite this way of growing up, I am thankful for my upbringing. It was a living story that has added depth to who I am and how I relate to what I write now.

My carefree days from childhood to high school composed of stories, dreams, happiness and freedom. My creativity and imagination was well and truly sown and cultivated from my childhood. I cannot live without storytelling and so when I was choosing a career – I had to choose one that would developed and enhance my passion. Being a teacher is a blessing in disguise and it provides the ultimate platform for teaching, listening, writing and reading stories.

Marlene holds a Bachelor in Education and runs a private school for young children, age 4 to 12 in Lae, Morobe Province.

She writes short stories and children’s stories. Most of Marlene’s stories have been published online on THE PNG ATTITUDE BLOG and in The Crocodile Prize Anthologies 2014 and 2015. Her book of 21 short stories was published in August last year, by PukPuk Publishing.


In the next post, Marlene will share a Tumbuna Stori.

“How flying foxes got their long intestines,’ is a favourite Tumbuna story told to me by my grandmother, Roandi Kauva. Her village was Nonambaro in Watabung, Eastern Highlands Province. (The Tumbuna Story will be posted in the next post)

Crocodile Prize Competition

This post is for all PNG writers intending to enter the 2016 Crocodile Prize. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

If you want to take part in the Crocodile Prize this year, you have to visit this blog, http://www.crocodileprize.com or http://www.crocodileprize.org and read as much information as you can. When you decide to enter one of the seven Crocodile Prize 2016 categories, you must label your writing clearly so the entry does not get lost or mixed up with others. Most of the entries the committee has received so far do not even have the writer’s name on the entry itself. Having your name written on the email does not get it on your entry. Some entries do not even have categories they are being entered into.

To assist future submissions, please follow the instructions below carefully and follow the example to submit your entry.

  1. The most important thing to do is to write your title, your full name and category next to that title on the actual entry. You must also attach a copy of the entry form with your full details. The entry forms are on the two websites: www.crocodile prize.com and http://www.crocodile prize.org. The entry form can be downloaded or copied and pasted. Here is an example of how you should submit an entry.


Poetry Entry Crocodile Prize – by Joycelin Leahy©

New Love

A mess of feelings

Soft strings twisted, and tangled


A lore to be unfold soon

Waiting, yearning the unknown

Once for-warned heart dazed

Consumed in immense chaos

Riddled with beauty

Warmed and rendered with lightness




NAME: Joycelin Leahy

DATE OF BIRTH:16/03/1965

PLACE OF BIRTH (town/village): I am from Wagang Village, Morobe province. I was born in Wau, Morobe Province.

OCCUPATION: Writer/Artist/Storyteller

TITLE OF WRITTEN/ILLUSTRATION ITEM: (as my submission above)

New Love




38 words

BRIEF BIO (please write a few sentences to introduce yourself to the Crocodile Organising Committee 2016)

I am a Papua New Guinean writer with specific interests in short stories, children’s stories and creative non-fiction (such as memoirs). I write and read daily. I was a trained journalist and later worked in PR, marketing, business development and small business. To improve my writing skills, I like working with other writers and enjoy setting up daily challenges for myself to write short stories with certain plots in limited number of words. Sometimes I would read this to my family and friends and see how they react to the story. I also attend a weekly creative writing workshop with other writers to share and learn about storytelling. I find the best stories I write come from free-writing. Free-writing is when you set up a time (e.g. say for five minutes) I focus, let everything go, and just write down whatever that comes to my mind. Then, I expand, re-write and develop the plot.

WRITING EXPERIENCE ( how long have you been writing? have you written any published books, magazine articles, academic journal articles etc? do you have a Blog – if yes, title?)

I have been writing for over 30 years. I have published short stories and won the Crocodile Prize 2015 Writing for Children category. I also wrote for PNG newspapers and the Paradise Magazine and consultation reports. (Email me on joycelinleahy@gmail.com for specifics).

Submit all entries to crocprize@gmail.com


The Witch Hunt – Poetry

A poem by llyana Garap

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Courtesy Tom Lee via Flickr / Creative Commons / https://flic.kr/p/qW8iEj


Witch Hunt


Please stop!

You’re hurting me, please stop I cried

I’m sorry that your brother died.

Your brother was my son, you see,

So stop this pain. You’re hurting me.

I’m sorry that your father died,

He was my husband, at my side.

He was so old, he could not walk,

He even found it hard to talk.

I’m sorry that your daughter died.

In God’s own hand she’ll now abide.

She was my grandchild, dear to me,

I would not harm her, don’t you see.

I did not kill them, that is true.

Please ask God, and he’ll tell you.

You come into my kunai house,

And drag me out, as cat drags mouse,

You burn me with an iron so hot,

Took all the strength that I have got.

You cut my skin with sharpened knife

You’ve tried so hard to end my life.

You destroy my house, which is my home.

I’m doomed forever, now to roam.

I’m not sanguma, pointing bone,

Please go now. Leave me alone!!!!!!


This is another example of a writer’s poem that has been assisted by Chips. If you need some help with yours, please send your work to crocprize@gmail.com

We also would like to publish some stories, poems and photographs associated with literature in PNG. All contributions will be considered with feedback for the writer.