Short Story Competition

Some of our Short Story Competition Winners, pictured with local author and historian Janet Seal

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.

As part of the 2018 History Festival all budding writers from age 8 to 88 (and beyond!) were invited to submit a short story exploring life in the town and surrounding area 100 years ago.  Stories could be entirely fictional or use a mix of fact and fiction.

Entries were in three categories, adults, teens (ages 14-18) and children (ages 8-13).  The entries were judged by local historian and author Janet Seal, the driving force behind the competition, together with children’s novelist and author Julie Ratcliffe, and writer and Colehill Parish Councillor Jeff Webb.

And the winners are:
(Please click on a name to read their story)


WinnerDiana Cutler

2nd PlaceStephen Hughes

3rd PlaceKathleen Adams

Highly Commended:

Anne Eatough, Janet Hancock, Elizabeth Hann, Malcolm Haynes, Angela Kernan, Pippa Longley, Sarah Pottinger, Annette Power, Patricia Putt and John Slate.


WinnerVictoria King

2ndMatthew Parslow

3rdGillen Minchen

Highly Commended:

Oliver Demanuele and Martha Tribe.


Joint WinnersJemma Dart and Annabelle Topping