Monday, October 7, 2013


A publication from UWA Publishing
This is an important message which concerns all writers living in Papua New Guinea and abroad and who have an interest in writing about the country through their own experiences or observations. The message comes from the Director of UWA Publishing at the University of Western Australia. It is as follows:

6 October 2013

Dear writer

I would like to invite you to submit a piece of writing for consideration to be included in an anthology to be published in 2014 by UWA Publishing. The project has come from discussions and observations between Drusilla Modjeska and myself about the absence of lively, distinctive and new voices from Papua New Guinea in the past years for readers outside of PNG. Particularly we are thinking of those of us in Australia who have a long and abiding connection and interest in PNG as a near neighbour. We know that writers are producing new work but it is not travelling to enthusiastic readers, and we are very keen to make some of this happen.

We are proposing an anthology that contains both fiction and non-fiction, writing by PNG residents: by this we are not wishing to limit contributors to Nationals only but to invite others who have lived in PNG to submit work.  We encourage writing that captures a sense of PNG today: in non-fiction all social, political and cultural topics are welcomed and encouraged, and the fiction we imagine publishing will be as broad in its scope.

It is important that this anthology has PNG editors, particularly as it will be published in Australia, and I have asked Russell Soaba, Tania Nugent and Steven Winduo to be the editors:  people with a keen sense of an historical past as well as a close connection with contemporary culture.

In the first place, then, I invite you to make contact with your interest in submitting a piece of writing by emailing me at

We will be interested in receiving fiction from fragment-length to 1500 words length, and non-fiction up to 2000 words. Authors selected for publication will be paid a fee. Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2014.

With my best wishes




Terri-ann can be contacted at the following address:

Professor Terri-ann White FAHA



The University of Western Australia

35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009 M419

Tel:  +61 8 6488 1343

Fax: +61 8 6488 1027

Good luck to all of us writers, then...