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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Author(s): Betty Smith
  • Location(s): Brooklyn, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

This is a New York classic about a young girl growing up in Brooklyn, evocative of this area of New York (Williamsburg) and describes the experience of people immigrating into the city.

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
  • Author(s): Dominic Smith
  • Location(s): Amsterdam, Brooklyn, Sydney
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1630s - 2000s

Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city s Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry...

Wickerby: An Urban Pastoral

Wickerby: An Urban Pastoral
  • Author(s): Charles Siebert
  • Location(s): Brooklyn, Quebec
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

“Outside my window, the city lights are taking hold now, the breeze-brushed, gently pulsating grid. Why is a cemented aggregate of homes arranged in a tall, tight cluster any further from nature than one wood home within the woods?...

A Friend is a Gift you Give Yourself

A Friend is a Gift you Give Yourself
  • Author(s): William Boyle
  • Location(s): Brooklyn
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

 Thelma and Louise Meets Goodfellas… After Brooklyn mob widow Rena Ruggiero hits her eighty-year-old neighbor Enzio in the head with an ashtray when he makes an unwanted move on her, she retreats to the Bronx home of her estranged...

Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill
  • Author(s): Cecily von Ziegesar
  • Location(s): Cobble Hill
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In the eclectic Brooklyn neighbourhood of Cobble Hill, the lives of four married couples and their children are about to flip from complicated to combustible… Mandy is so underwhelmed by motherhood that she’s faking a debilitating disease to get...

Conviction

Conviction
  • Author(s): Julia Dahl
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), Brooklyn
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Journalist Rebekah Roberts works at New York City’s sleaziest tabloid, but dreams of bigger things. When she receives a letter from a convicted murderer claiming his innocence, she sees both a story she can’t ignore and, possibly, a chance....

Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery

Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery
  • Author(s): Andrew Cotto
  • Location(s): Brooklyn, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Outerborough Blues is the story of a drifter, Caesar Stiles, immersed in a mystery that takes him to the hidden corners of a rapidly changing Brooklyn. The gritty search for a missing art student takes on a mythological sweep,...

Buddhaland Brooklyn

Buddhaland Brooklyn
  • Author(s): Richard C Morais
  • Location(s): Brooklyn, Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

As he approaches his fortieth birthday, the introverted monk Seido Oda is ordered by his superior to leave behind his peaceful, quiet refuge in the remote mountains of Japan and set up a temple in Brooklyn’s Little Calabria. There...

Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights
  • Author(s): Miral al-Tahawy
  • Location(s): Brooklyn, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 2000s

Brooklyn Heights, the fourth novel by award-winning Egyptian author Miral El-Tahawy, revolves around the character of Hend, an Arabic teacher and would-be writer in her late thirties, who emigrates to the United States from Cairo with her eight year...

A Girl Made of Air

A Girl Made of Air
  • Author(s): Nydia Hetherington
  • Location(s): Coney Island
  • Genre(s): Fantasy
  • Era(s): Post WW2

This is the story of The Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived… Born into a post-war circus family, our nameless star was unwanted and forgotten, abandoned in the shadows of the big top. Until the bright light of Serendipity Wilson...

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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