Young writers awarded for Just So Stories

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BRATTLEBORO — The Landmark Trust USA is holding the third Rudyard Kipling Young Writers Award at the Latchis Theatre this Saturday at 11 a.m.

Over the past 17 years, The Landmark Trust USA has offered dramatic interpretations of Kipling's Just So Stories free to over 7,000 local elementary school students. Kids love this story-telling experience steeped in animal dramas. Not only do they have a tour of Kipling's home, see Kipling's library where he wrote these stories, children become wide-eyed when they see his Just So Stories come to life. Dressed as Kipling, renowned storyteller Jackson Gilman goes back in time bringing alive such tales as "How the Elephant got its Trunk," "How the Camel Got its Hump," and "How the Rhino Got its Skin."

The Just So Stories program culminates in the annual Rudyard Kipling Young Writers Award for grades fourth through sixth, which attracts submissions from local students, inspired to write their own Just So Stories after attending the Kipling performance.

Local judges this year include award-winning author Karen Hesse, Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNoird, Brook Memorial Library Director Starr LaTronica, retired Brattleboro library director Jerry Carbone, writer Tom Bedell, and novelist-memoirist Vincent Panella. From the submittals the judges select the winners to receive the following prizes: Grand prize, an overnight stay in Rudyard Kipling's home Naulakha in Dummerston; second place, an overnight stay in the Kipling Carriage House in Dummerston; finalist, a copy of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories

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