Tapa Writing Competition

Tapa Pacific Publishing in conjunction with the Harvey Family Trust, the National Library of PNG and the Department of Education Curriculum Division organized a writing competition in August. The writing competition aimed at discovering and promoting writing talents in Papua New Guinea and prizes were awarded in three categories;
1. JUNIOR WRITERS (Primary students – Aged 8 – 13)

  • Were invited to submit a short story or piece of writing on any topic or theme.
  • Word Limit: 500 Words

2. YOUNG WRITERS (High School/Secondary Students – Aged 14 -18)

  • Were invited to submit a short story or personal essay on any topic related to PNG or PNG people/culture.
  • Word Limit: 2500 words

3. ADULT WRITERS (Open to all PNG citizens and permanent resident aged 18 and above)

  • Were invited to submit a short story or personal essay on any topic related to PNG or PNG people/culture.
  • Word Limit: 5000 words

Paradise High School participated in Junior and Young Writers’ Categories with around twenty stories.  Our students won the second place in the Young Writer’s Category. Instead of selecting a winner for the second place, the organizers decided to reward the ten students from grade eleven class who participated with their stories in the competition. The organizers commended the writings of the grade 11 students and said “All the stories were great particularly the ones written by grade 11 class. It was very difficult to decide the winner. Therefore, we decided to reward the whole class.”
We congratulate the students for their great success and acknowledge the support of the English teachers at Paradise High School. You can read some of the second place winning stories;
A BRIDGE ON DIVISION
A DISCUSSION ESSAY ON ‘ARRANGED MARRIAGES’ IN  KAWASO 
MOSES AND O'ORIS BRIDE PRICE CEREMONY
A DISCUSSION ESSAY ON THE ASPECTS OF PNG MARRIAGE
WESTERN INFLUENCES ON PAPUA NEW GUINEANS LIFESTYLE
A DISCUSSION ON “FACE TATOOING” IN THE ORO PROVINCE
ENGAGED TO DEATH