Following our successful poetry competition, we have been runnung a John McGivering writing competition for fiction or memoir on ‘Animals’. Entries closed on May 1st and are being judged by Jan Montefiore, 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’.
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.