Writers and artists have been urged to collaborate on entries for a new award for the best illustrated children’s stories.
Paga Hill Estate has committed K20,000 to the 2019 Crocodile Prize – the national literary contest of Papua New Guinea – sponsoring the Award for Illustrated Children’s Stories.
The sponsorship will go towards prize money for the eventual winner and, importantly, the publication and distribution of the annual Crocodile Prize Anthology – the collection of the year’s best writing.
The award will be given for the best short story for children that includes original illustrations, artwork or pictures.
Crocodile Prize managing director Ben Jackson said Paga Hill and chief executive Gudmundur Fridriksson have been tremendous supporters of PNG literature and the Crocodile Prize.
“Paga Hill will be an icon of a modern and progressive Papua New Guinea – this is a vision well-aligned with the Crocodile Prize,” he said.
“There are plenty of talented writers and artists out there, and this award will encourage the creation of local stories for local kids.
“The winner will receive K5,000 prize money and be included, along with other outstanding entries, in the annual Crocodile Prize Anthology.”
Paga Hill have previously supported other literary initiatives, including the book Trickery at the Crocodile Pool and Other Children’s Stories from PNG, the collection of PNG women’s writing My Walk to Equality, and the long-running Destination PNG travel book.