Ples Singsing Masterminds
CONGRATULATIONS PNG ESSAYISTS!
Ples Singsing Blog is proud to announce the Long Listed Essays for our 2020 essay competition.
After an initial interest of over 300 downloaded and email requests for entry forms the successfully completed entries numbered only 24. Out of these completed entries our team of preliminary judges selected nine (9) of the best essays, which have provided interesting reading of good arguments and well expressed opinions.
During the judging one of our preliminary judges, Michael Dom, disqualified himself from participating in the administration of the essay competition when his niece entered the contest.
The final winners will be determined by our two guest judges, Dr Fiona Hukula of the National Research Institute and Phil Fitzpatrick, ex-kiap, author and social mapping expert.
All of the 24 entries will be edited, working with their authors, to go into a small book collection of this inaugural essay contest, to be independently published by Jordan Dean, a PNG author, poet and publisher. Ples Singsing will strive to host more such competitions, hopefully with interaction, assistance and support from friends, supporters, and writers.
This essay competition was entirely privately self-funded by contributions for cash prizes from Wantoks of Ples Singsing, including Keith Jackson AM, Ed Brumby, Phil Fitzpatrick, Fiona Hukula, and the four Masterminds of Ples Singsing.
The competition first prize is K500, second prize is K300 and third prize is K200. Also six book awards for the three finalists were donated by Arnold Mundua, Keith Jackson and Michael Dom.
Big Pat Levo of Post Courier and Keith Jackson (PNG Attitude blog) acted as impartial observers for the entry and judging processes. Keith and Big Pat have now taken over the administration of the awards on behalf of Ples Singsing Blog.
The 2020 entries were dominated by PNG University of Technology and University of Papua New Guinea students, but three notable exceptions came from Sacred Heart Secondary School (Tapini), Kopkop College and Port Moresby International School.
There were no entries from any other universities or secondary schools. Perhaps the students had not read about the contest or were preoccupied with other holiday activities at home or in their villages. It was suggested that the competitions is launched before students are away on holidays.
However, the opportunity comes to those who are prepared, and a potential deluge of entries from a large youth population may be more than our small voluntary group can handle.
Ples Singsing Blog now presents the Long List of Nine essay titles, author and school attended in 2020, numbered in the order in which the entry essays were received for judging.
- Why the PNG Government Should Buy PNG-authored Books, Miss. Issabelle Vilau, UPNG 4th year School of Business
- PNG Authored books – A masterpiece in disguise, Mr. Nathan Kilali, UPNG 2nd year School of Law
- Why I think the PNG Government SHOULD buy PNG authored books, Miss. Esther Tuweyo, PNG UOT Postgraduate, MPhil Applied Sciences
- Untold Tales, The new world and beyond, Miss. Jamila Kawas, PNG UOT 1st year Business Studies
- Why the PNG Government should buy PNG authored books, Miss. Turi Mathisha, Kopkop College Grade 8.2
- What about our local authors, Mr. Sherbuel Sanduhu, PNG UOT 2nd year Surveying and Land Studies
- The Papua New Guinea Government Should Purchase Books Written by Papua New Guinean Authors, Miss. Vilousa Hahembe, UPNG 1st year School of Business
- Local authors need the recognition and support of the PNG Government, Miss. Illeana Maldoa Dom, Port Moresby International School year 12 leaver
- The purchasing of PNG authored books, by the government is a patriotic initiative, Miss. Latasha Akane, UPNG 3rd year School of Law
The Finalists will be revealed on Ples Singsing blog on the week commencing 15 March.