Landmark Trust hosts annual Kipling award

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DUMMERSTON — The Landmark Trust USA celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016 and chose the Rudyard Kipling Young Writers Award as a way to commemorate its mission that has to date accomplished the preservation of five historic properties and made them available year-round as short term rentals so guests could enjoy living history.

The Young Writers Award is also tied to the annual Just So Story event held at Naulakha, Kipling's home. Teachers have used this event to inspire students to write, to be creative, to be imaginative. The teachers describe Kipling before the event then explain that he would tell his daughters Just So Stories in the very same room where the students will be watching dramatic presentations of some of these stories.

Kipling and Naulakha are much more than names, a place on a map. Instead, they should always be sources of inspiration, catalysts for creativity and the courage to write. The breadth of his literary talents is incredible, and successfully inspiring some kids will make this a phenomenally successful challenge.

This contest is open to all Windham County fourth, fifth and sixth graders, whether in public or private schools or home-schooled.

There are three categories for awards — poetry, non-fiction and fiction, and winners will be announced on Saturday, May 12 at 4 p.m. at The Latchis Theatre.

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