Creative Writing Competition 2023

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Welcome to the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership’s Creative Writing Competition. 

This is an open competition, with a writing theme of ‘A Sense of Place: Cranborne Chase’, encouraging entrants to create a piece of writing that reflects your thoughts, experiences, or feelings evoked by Cranborne Chase.

Whether you are inspired living and working, visiting, or passing through the region of Cranborne Chase National Landscape, we welcome you to write and reflect and enter our competition.


Competition Details

Closing date: Monday 16th October  

Theme: Cranborne Chase  

Word count: 500 words  

Format: Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or prose, short stories or poetry, with a word limit of 500 words. Participants are welcome to supplement their entries with photographs, sketches or paintings to support their words and send them as well.     

Prizes per category: 

1st Prize book voucher worth £50  

2nd Prize book voucher worth £25 

3rd price book voucher worth £10  


Children: Ages 8-15    

Young People: Ages 16-25  

Adult: Ages 26+ 

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants are welcomed to enter up to x2 pieces per entry
  • Winners will be announced on 23rd October 2023

A Sense of Place: Cranborne Chase 

This Creative Writing Competition is part of the Chase & Chalke ‘Words in the Landscape‘ project.

What creates a sense of place? People are connected to the landscape in different ways. We know Cranborne Chase National Landscape as a location, marked out by boundaries on a map, but what do the people around this place think? We pass each other as we weave through the landscape, enjoying a walk, driving from one place to another, working or shopping in the villages, towns, and farms – or even visiting as tourists for the first time. But we don’t know how others understand or see this place. We don’t get a window into our shared experiences… 

Imagine being able to delve into writings, poems, thoughts, images and feelings collected from all sorts of people, expressing your shared environment, building a sense of the place we know as Cranborne Chase. And imagine being able to contribute your own piece to this collection. 

This competition aims to connect local people and visitors to our landscape, our heritage, and our communities. 

The ‘Sense of Place: Cranborne Chase Anthology’, featuring the winning entries from each category plus four runners-up, will be published online and showcased at a Festival of Words later in October 2023. 

How to Enter

Entries can be submitted by email or by post. Entries can be hand written or typed.

By Email:

By Post:

Cranborne Chase National Landscape Office
Rushmore Farm
Tinkley Bottom
Tollard Royal

If you have any questions about this competition, then please email