SALISBURY Cathedral is running a short story competition in collaboration with award-winning children’s author Cornelia Funke and Orion Children’s Publishing.

The Landmarks and Legends completion is open to people aged over 15 and is for a story of between 1,500 and 2,000 words and suitable for children aged between 10 and 15.

The competition was launched by Cornelia Funke during her visit to the cathedral last month to celebrate the UK publication of her book Ghost Knight, which was inspired by the cathedral and the true story of William Longespee – the first person buried there.

In keeping with that book, stories submitted to Landmarks and Legends must be set in a real, historical location and include some real characters from history and/or be based on historical events or local legends.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday, December 31. Entries are by email only to Full details can be found at or by emailing