Calling all PNG women writers

PAPUA New Guinea’s women writers and illustrators are being invited to submit original writing and artwork for inclusion in an inaugural collection of women’s writing and illustration to be published on International Women’s Day – March 8 – next year.
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Entries may include essays, short stories, articles, poetry and illustrations depicting the theme, "my walk to equality".

Writing on the website, Rashimii Bell said that the theme was drawn from one of the 17 United Nations sustainable development goals which PNG is working towards achieving to improve the life of its citizens.

Entries must be submitted by December 31 this year and will be judged for publication by Phil Fitzpatrick and Bell.

"The anthology will be published by Pukpuk Publications which was spun off from the Crocodile Prize as a mechanism for mentoring, editing and publishing Papua New Guinean writers and illustrators. Papua New Guinean women are invited to submit writing and artwork that depicts contemporary PNG society," Bell wrote.

"You can identify where and how you have experienced inequalities in your daily life, describe what action you have taken to reduce them and relate the actions you have observed other people or organisations take to reduce inequality."

Writers may submit multiple entries of across the formats of essays, short stories, articles, poetry and illustrations and quality will be considered ahead of quantity.

"The anthology aims to document the voices of PNG women from diverse backgrounds. We hope to receive material that demonstrates the individual strength of PNG woman in battling inequality in urban and rural areas of Papua New Guinea," Bell said.

Submissions close on December 31, should not be more than 1000 words, and should be sent to


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