Rudyard Kipling Young Writers Award

In early May, we launched this award as a way to promote The Landmark Trust USA’s 25th anniversary. We secured help from 3 teachers to frame the submissions, 5 judges to read & evaluate, and a venue in the main theater in the Latchis. The judges are all accomplished authors and teachers who divided the works by the 3 categories of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. The challenge was open to all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders in Windham County, VT, or the southeast corner. We received 89 submissions from 90 students; 14 poems, 8 non-fiction, and 67 fiction. Eleven efforts were truly remarkable, with the overall best winning a one-night stay at Naulakha and the winners in poetry & fiction received one-night stays at Kipling’s Carriage House. There has been great enthusiasm about this event from parents, teachers, and students, so this will become an annual event.