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Another Country

Another Country
  • Author(s): James Baldwin
  • Location(s): Harlem, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 1970s

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions–sexual, racial, political, artistic–that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their...

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Go Tell it on the Mountain
  • Author(s): James Baldwin
  • Location(s): Harlem
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s

‘I had to deal with what hurt me most. I had to deal with my father.’ Drawing on James Baldwin’s own boyhood in a religious community in 1930s Harlem, his first novel tells the story of young Johnny Grimes....

Harlem Shuffle

Harlem Shuffle
  • Author(s): Colson Whitehead
  • Location(s): Harlem
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 1960s

To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably-priced furniture, making a life for himself and his family. He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their second child, and if her parents on...

Jazz Moon

Jazz Moon
  • Author(s): Joe Okonkwo
  • Location(s): Harlem, Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1920s

In a lyrical, captivating debut set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris, Joe Okonkwo creates an evocative story of emotional and artistic awakening. On a sweltering summer night in 1925, beauties in beaded...

The Book Itch

The Book Itch
  • Author(s): Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • Location(s): Harlem
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 20th Century

In the 1930s, Lewis’s dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore. And as far...

The House of Impossible Beauties

The House of Impossible Beauties
  • Author(s): Joseph Cassara
  • Location(s): Harlem
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

A gritty and gorgeous debut inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning It’s 1980 in New York City, and nowhere is the city’s glamour and energy better reflected than in the...

The Poet X

The Poet X
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Location(s): Harlem
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): Contemporary

THE POET X – THE WINNER OF THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL. A stunning New York Times bestseller with a powerful and unforgettable YA voice. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi’s The Children of Blood and Bone, Angie Thomas’s The...

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
  • Author(s): Karina Yan Glaser
  • Location(s): Harlem
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From New York Times best-selling author Karina Yan Glaser comes one of Times’  Notable Children’s Books of 2017: “In this delightful and heartwarming throwback to the big-family novels of yesteryear, a large biracial family might lose their beloved brownstone home, but win...

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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