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Once You Know

Once You Know
  • Author(s): Madeleine Van Hecke
  • Location(s): Arizona, Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In the dry heat of her Arizona home, feisty, Irish-Catholic Colleen Moretti thrust the letter into the back of a drawer. Her plan: ignore the fault line until the tremors pass. But her husband’s betrayal is far worse than...

The Lily Garden

The Lily Garden
  • Author(s): Barbara Josselsohn
  • Location(s): Chicago, Adirondacks
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

She held the letter that she had found in the garden, and noticed the distinctive curls of her father’s handwriting etched on the worn paper. Her life had already been turned upside down by one family secret, would his...

Caramelo

Caramelo
  • Author(s): Sandra Cisneros
  • Location(s): Chicago, Mexico City
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern/20th century

Every year the three Reyes sons and their families drive south from Chicago via Route 66 to the home of the Awful Grandmother and the Little Grandfather on Destiny Street in Mexico City. From the back seat of her...

Chicago: A Novel

Chicago: A Novel
  • Author(s): Brian Doyle
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

On the last day of summer, some years ago, a young college graduate moves to Chicago and rents a small apartment on the north side of the city, by the vast and muscular lake. This is the story of...

Deep Dark Night

Deep Dark Night
  • Author(s): Steph Broadribb
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood… Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their...

Disintegration

Disintegration
  • Author(s): Richard Thomas
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 2000

Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former life: a handmade dining room table, an armoire and dresser from the bedroom, and a...

Find Me

Find Me
  • Author(s): Margaret Watson
  • Location(s): Chicago, San Juan Islands
  • Genre(s): Romance, Suspense
  • Era(s): Modern

After witnessing the murder of an FBI agent in a parking garage late one night, Lizzy Monroe meets with the FBI and agrees to work with a sketch artist. But on her way out of the office, she comes...

Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago

Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago
  • Author(s): Douglas Cowie
  • Location(s): Chicago, Guatemala, Mexico, Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s/50s

Sharp and intimate, Douglas Cowie’s reimagining of the turbulent love affair between Simone de Beauvoir and Nelson Algren asks what it means to love and be loved by the right person at the wrong time. Chicago, 1947: on a...

Ramshackle

Ramshackle
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Reeder
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Roe is like any other fifteen year old suburban Chicago teenager. Her only worries are schoolwork, keeping up with her wayward best friend, and whether or not she should sleep with her boyfriend. Then her adoptive father, a locksmith,...

Rico Stays (Pigeon-Blood Red #3)

Rico Stays (Pigeon-Blood Red #3)
  • Author(s): Ed Duncan
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

After enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders stepped in to protect his girlfriend from a local mob boss’s hot-headed nephew, all hell broke loose. When the smoke cleared, the nephew had vanished and three goons lay dying where they’d stood. Fighting...

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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