The Crocodile Prize – K5000 winner

The prize money in the PNG annual literary competition, The Crocodile Prize will remain at K5000 for one winner. The Chairman Emmanuel Peni said it was better to keep the prize at K5000 (Australian – $2000 today’s exchange rate) as the previous five years. There has been a slight delay in winners’ announcement because of the confusion…

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…

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…

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…

PNG Poets Can Get Help

Papua New Guinean poets intending on brushing up their poetry for the Crocodile Prize can get help from Australian poet Malcolm Mackellar or Chips as he is known to friends. Chips has offered to look at your poems and offer suggestions to improve the rhyme and metre. “My reason for asking to help PNG poets,…

PNG: Are We Preserving Our Culture?

Each day, many aspects of PNG culture are lost. The question to each of us is what are we doing to preserve our culture? We may never get back what we lose today. Journalist Scott Waide had a chat with Gary Juffa, one of the most outspoken leaders about PNG culture. “Papua New Guinea loses aspects…

Ikin-yal’s Backyard Revelation – Short Story

Ikin-yal’s Backyard Revelation – Short Story Story and picture by Bomai Witne Why should these people brave the hot sun, to sit and listen to one person? Who is this guy? My thoughts ran wild as I watched from the distance. It was in Goroka town, Papua New Guinea on the weekend. The speaker had a white stained shirt…

Fireplaces, Facebook & a quest to preserve PNG’s stories

Shared from the PNG Attitude Blog By MARTYN NAMORONG SINCE its emergence 2011 as PNG’s preeminent literary award – the Crocodile Prize – has spurred a growth in the recording of Papua New Guinean stories. Named after Sir Vincent Eri’s epic novel The Crocodile, the prize seeks to unearth PNG’s emerging story tellers. If social…