Kipling Society John McGivering Poetry Prize 2021


May 1

Kipling Society John McGivering Poetry Prize 2021

Poems of Travel

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s writings

Judge: Harry Ricketts, poet, critic, anthologist and biographer of Kipling.

Rudyard Kipling, a magical phrase maker, was a great traveller.

All his life, he loved to be ‘moving out on the long trail – the trail that is always new.’

He wrote some of his finest poems about travel:

the dangerous icebergs of the ‘Rio run’,;

the Southern Cross and companion stars ‘that blaze in the velvet blue,’

and his beloved North India:
Parrots very busy in the trellised paper-vine,

And a high sun over Asia shouting “Rise and shine!”

We are asking poets to write about the delights, surprises and occasional hardships
of travel, drawing inspiration from Kipling’s fascination with people and places.

First Prize £350
Second Prize £100; Third Prize £50

Entry fee £5 per poem, payable through Paypal

Closing date: 1st May

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