The John McGivering Kipling Writing Prize 2022

Following our successful poetry competition this year, we are launchimg a writing competition for 2022, for fiction memoir or travel, on ‘Animals’. The competition will be judged by Jan Monefiore, Mary Hamer, and Sarah LeFanu.

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 How the Elephant got his Trunk, the Beginning of the Armadilloes and many more, and in the immortal Jungle Books, the stories of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi 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, which Disney films have brought to a global audience. Kipling also wrote stories for adults about horses, cats, rats, bees, and – especially – dogs, including the late book-length Thy Servant a Dog, narrated by the Aberdeen terrier ‘Boots’.

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

Kipling himself, an active and dedicated writer for nearly sixty years, won the Nobel Prize for Literature at the age of 42.  He had decided views about the craft of writing, as we report on our page On Writing.



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, and subsequently on the Kipling Society’s websit,
4. Entries must be submitted as Word attachments to emails addressed to 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, to be paid to the Kipling Society.  A link for payment will shortly be available here.
6. The competition will open on 1 March 2022, and will close on 1 May 2022 at 11.59 pm, BST.