The Crocodile Prize 2016 Literary Competition is open

Hi friends of tribalmysticstories,

some of you may know I was invited to become a Crocodile Prize organising committee member last year – after winning the Children’s Category. Since September 2015, a small committee of volunteer Papua New Guinea writers have worked tirelessly to get this year’s competition started.

Despite a few challenges, we are very proud to announce the Papua New Guinea National Literature Award for 2016 opens today. Prizes are given for best short story, illustration, poetry, children’s stories, heritage and journalism/essays.

The Crocodile Prize is open to Papua New Guinea citizens. Visit us on
Here is the chairman Baka Bina’s speech from today’s launch in Port Moresby.

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DSC_1540 Crocodile Prize 2016 Organising Committee Chairman Baka Bina

Papua New Guinea’s National Literary Competition The Crocodile Prize was launched today at the National Library in Port Moresby in front of a small crowd.

Chairman Baka Bina said today in his launching speech that Papua New Guinea needs its own voice and the Crocodile Prize is fast becoming the right place to develop this voice.

Here is the rest of the chairman’s speech.

Welcome to the launch of the 6th Crocodile Prize Competition. Papua New Guinea is a land of many tribes and many stories. Culturally, we are story-tellers and our heritage has been handed down through oral history. Our ancestors sat by the fire and told stories and pointed to land marks that had meaning and significance to our people and our land. Papua New Guineans are born story-tellers. Writing critical essays and challenging the way we lead and…

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