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Why Did You Lie

Why Did You Lie
  • Author(s): Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime, Suspense
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide. An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing. Four strangers struggle to find shelter...

Cold Steal (4)

Cold Steal (4)
  • Author(s): Quentin Bates
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

A successful housebreaker who leaves no traces and no clues as he strips Reykjavík homes of their valuables has been a thorn in the police’s side for months. But when one night the thief breaks into the wrong house,...

From the Mouth of the Whale

From the Mouth of the Whale
  • Author(s): Sjón
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1635

The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn s horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret and both books and men are burnt. Jónas Pálmason,...

Nightblind

Nightblind
  • Author(s): Ragnar Jonasson
  • Location(s): Siglufjörður
  • Genre(s): Crime, Suspense
  • Era(s): Modern

The peace of a close-knit Icelandic community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark Arctic...

The Creak on the Stairs

The Creak on the Stairs
  • Author(s): Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
  • Location(s): Akranes
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century and 2017

When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area. Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a...

The Reykjavik Assignment

The Reykjavik Assignment
  • Author(s): Adam LeBor
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

International thriller from renowned political journalist Adam LeBor, taking us behind the scenes in the corridors of power. UN covert negotiator, Yael Azoulay, has been sent to Reykjavik to broker a secret meeting between US President Freshwater and the...

Time’s Tide

Time’s Tide
  • Author(s): Adrian Harvey
  • Location(s): Iceland, Cambridge
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 19th to early 20th centuries

A father and son struggle to overcome the distance between them. Each is drawn irresistibly to an unforgiving landscape, one that has been the scene of tragedy and loss. The son’s return to the northern shore he abandoned as...

Whiteout (Dark Iceland)

Whiteout (Dark Iceland)
  • Author(s): Ragnar Jonasson
  • Location(s): Kalfshamarsvik
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the...

Frozen Out (1)

Frozen Out (1)
  • Author(s): Quentin Bates
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 2000s

The discovery of a corpse washed up on a beach in an Icelandic backwater sparks a series of events that propels the village of Hvalvik’s police sergeant Gunnhildur into deep waters. Although under pressure to deal with the matter...

Black Skies

Black Skies
  • Author(s): Arnaldur Indridason
  • Location(s): Iceland, Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 2000s

A man is making a crude leather mask with an iron spike fixed in the middle of the forehead. It is a ‘death mask’, once used by Icelandic farmers to slaughter calves, and he has revenge in mind. Meanwhile,...

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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