Write a poem for World Environment Day on June 5th. The poem may be in English or in Tok Pisin and we want you to try your hand at translating the poem from or to either language.

For examples, if you write a poem in Tok Pisin then translate it into English you may win a cash prize plus additional mobile phone credits.

Check out our posters


The poem may be written in any form or freestyle, may be of any length and should contain references to your own local environment, particularly in your homeland or at a place you know very well or have rececntly visited.

Tell us what you think about the place and how the environment may be in good or bad shape.

Here are two examples by Raymond Sigimet and Michael Dom. And another by Jimmy Awagl translated by Michael Dom.

The competition closes on June 2 for judging by childrens author and poet, Ples Singsing’s very own Caroline Evari and another guest poet to be announced.

Prizes are sponsored by poets Gregory Bablis and Michael Dom.

We encourage our readers to download the PDF posters to print and share them with your local schools and communities.

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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