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The Ringmaster

Author(s): Vanda Symon

Location(s): Dunedin

Genre(s): Mystery



Constable Sam Shephard has moved to Dunedin to begin training as a detective in the police force. Sidelined from a murder investigation, Sam is assigned duties as peacekeeper between a visiting circus and animal-rights protestors. After a university student is found murdered in the Botanic Gardens, Sam uncovers a link between the circus and other, similar murders in the South Island.

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Rounded characters and a great evocative setting.

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021