Secret war work in the centre of Wimborne, prisoners of war held in local villages, ambulance trains arriving at the station – Wimborne in World War I was a very different place. Now all budding writers from age 8 to 88 (and beyond!) are invited to submit a short story exploring life in the town and surrounding area 100 years ago, as part of this year’s Wimborne History Festival.

Stories can be entirely fictional or use a mix of fact and fiction. The competition is open to people living, working or going to school in the Wimborne area, and there are three age categories with prizes on offer for first, second and third place in each.

Entries will be judged by; local historian and author Janet Seal, children’s novelist and author Julie Ratcliffe, and writer and Colehill Parish Councillor Jeff Webb. The award winning stories will go on display as part of a post-festival exhibition and be published online.

Full details and a list of historic snippets to whet the appetite can be found by clicking the links.