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The John McGivering Kipling Writing Prize 2022

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Competition deadline: 1st May 2022

Judges: Jan Montefiore, Mary Hamer, Sarah LeFanu

Entries are invited to the John McGivering Kipling Prose Writing Prize (fiction, memoir or travel) hosted by the Kipling Society, on the theme of Animals.

First Prize £350

Second prize £100

Third Prize £50

“I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.”

Rudyard Kipling was a great animal lover. He wrote the ever-popular Just-So Stories telling of How the Elephant got his Trunk, of The Beginning of the Armadilloes and many more; and the immortal Jungle Books, which include the stories of Rikki-Tikki the mongoose and Kotick the white seal, as well as Mowgli’s adventures with Bagheera the panther, the Wolf-Pack and his tiger enemy Shere Khan. Kipling also wrote stories for adults about horses, cats, rats, bees, and – especially – dogs, including the book-length Thy Servant a Dog, told by the Aberdeen terrier ‘Boots’.

The Kipling Society now invites prose submissions for its Writing Competition, funded by the late John McGivering, on the theme of Animals. Entries can be fiction, memoir or travel, and should address the theme of animals of any kind, in any way the author chooses, and should be somehow connected, whether directly or obliquely, with Rudyard Kipling’s writings or with his life.


  1. Entries should be a maximum of 2000 words excluding the title. There is no minimum length.
  2. Entries must be original. Plagiarism will not be accepted. The story or sketch must not have been published previously, either in print or online or in any other media.
  3. Competitors give their permission for the winning entries to be published in the Kipling Journal.
  4.  Entries must be submitted as Word attachments to emails addressed to KSwritingprize@gmail.com. They must be unsigned, but must have on their title line the writer’s initials in reverse order. These reversed order initials must appear in the accompanying email, together with the writer’s name and contact details (email, telephone number, postal address).
  5. There is an entry charge of £8 for each entry, payable to the Kipling Society by Paypal.
  6. The competition will close on 1 May 2022 at 11.59 pm, BST.

See here for further information.

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