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The Figure in the Photograph

The Figure in the Photograph

Author(s): Kevin Sullivan

Location(s): Cuba (Republic of), Glasgow

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1898

1898. When Juan’s father is killed while working as a photographer in Cuba, the young man is left with nothing but his last photos amid the chaos as the war between Spain and America escalates.

But the images reveal a sinister truth to his father’s last moments, and Juan soon realises his death was no accident.

The young man travels alone to Scotland to grieve with his surviving family and soon immerses himself in the study of photography and pioneers a new invention, a self-timer. When this technology inadvertently solves a crime, it is not long before the device draws the attention of local law enforcement, and he is invited to Glasgow to assist police hunt down a serial killer.

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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 

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