Her Salisbury Story
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A chance to win a week in a Tuscan artists’ retreat!

We have invited women aged between 20 and 35 living in the Salisbury area to enter our writing competition 
Those who have entered are writing a story or poem inspired by one of the historic or contemporary women featured on this website or another Salisbury woman who has inspired them
Stories will be a maximum of 1000 words in length and poems a maximum of 40 lines
They stand to win one of two fabulous prizes of a week’s stay at author Cornelia Funke’s artist retreat in Volterra Tuscany  generously donated by Cornelia herself
The prize includes:
  •   Return flights to Italy
  • Transfers from the airport to the retreat 
  • Accommodation
See terms and condition for full details
The deadline for entering the competition has now passed 
Those who have entered and received confirmation of eligibility need to send their submission to Hersalisburystory@gmail.com by 1st September 2021
Results announced on or before 31st October 2021
Table under the vines outside guest accommodation in Volterra
Under the vines at Volterra
swimming pool at Volterra with umbrellas and chairs
Volterra Pool

Judging Panel

Submissions will initially be judged by a panel of three local judges. A short list of six entries will then be forwarded to Cornelia who will pick the two winners

Cornelia Funke

Often referred to as the ‘German J K Rowling’,  Cornelia Funke was chosen by Time Magazine as one of their 100 most influential people of 2005. She is Germany’s best selling children’s author, and her work has been translated into 39 languages including English. For more information about Cornelia visit her Her Salisbury Story Page here and listen to the interview or visit her website here

Julia North

Julia studied an Advanced Writing course through the Open College of the Arts and went on to obtain a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University. She has published children’s, young adult and adult fiction but has many more books inside her just waiting to come out.
She was born in South Africa but moved to the UK in 2000. She lives in Salisbury

Frances Owen

Frances lives in Salisbury. Now retired from a career in public health, she writes poems about the places she has lived in Africa as well as about health issues, social justice and inequality. Having had a number of academic papers published, she is now working on her first poetry pamphlet and a memoir. She workshops her poetry with Trowbridge Stanza, the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and other writing groups.  A member of Lapidus, she facilitates Writing for Wellbeing Groups at her local GP surgery and for Wiltshire and Salisbury Museums  

Jayne Woodhouse

Lives and works in Salisbury, Wiltshire. She is the author of many highly successful non-fiction books and curriculum resources for children and schools, including the Life and Work and Lives and Times series and she has written extensively for BBC Active and Worldwide. Her first children’s novel, The Stephensons’ Rocket, tells the story of Rocky, a former racing greyhound, and was followed by the other titles in the series. Jayne is also a successful playwright and co-artistic director of Loosely Based Theatre Company.

Head and shoulders portrait of Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Relaxing with her dogs
Cornelia relaxing with her dogs
Terms and conditions

Entrants must be female, aged between 20 and 35 on the submission due date  and from an SP postcode area 

The story or poem must be original and the author’s own work

There is no cash alternative to the prize

The prize includes return flights to Tuscany, connecting transport in Italy to and from the airport and accommodation 

The trip will be taken W/C 9th May 2022

Winners are responsible for their own meals, but kitchen and barbecue facilities are included

Winners are responsible for complying with whatever Visa & Covid-19 regulations are in place at the time  of travel and ensuring they have adequate travel insurance in place

By submitting your work you are giving Her Salisbury Story permission to publish your work under any circumstances, for a period of 24 months. You will still be credited for your work.

The judges’ decision will be final  


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Guest accommodation Volterra
room with bookshelves bed sofa used as guest accommodation
Guest accommodation Volterra