The winner of the Award for Essays and Journalism will be published in the 2019 Crocodile Prize Anthology


The Award for Essays and Journalism will be given for the most outstanding prose that explores any topic related to Papua New Guinea, whether as a factual article, a commentary, a reflection, a memoir or some similar piece of writing.

Writers might like to consider topics such as politics and government, environment, economy, development or gender, or alternately could write profiles, reviews or criticism of music, art, literature, organisations or individuals.

Entries will be judged based on:

  • Creativity, originality and relevance of the piece and the perspectives presented;
  • Style, coherence of ideas, form and structure; and
  • Use language to communicate ideas and images, and demonstrate an understanding of the subject.

The category is open to all Papua New Guineans and more than one entry may be submitted. Entries relevant to other categories (e.g. poetry or short stories) will be considered for those awards.

There no strict word limit, but it is important to consider that the judging is based on quality not quantity. Around 750-1,000 words can be taken as a guideline.

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