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Cannery Row

Cannery Row
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Monterey
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

John Steinbeck’s paean to the Monterey County of his youth, Cannery Row contains an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw in Penguin Modern Classics. In the din and stink that is Cannery Row a colourful blend of misfits – gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists...

All the Breaking Waves

All the Breaking Waves
  • Author(s): Kerry Lonsdale
  • Location(s): Pacific Grove
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Magical Realism, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From the bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes a gripping tale of long-buried secrets, the strength of forgiveness, and the healing power of returning home for good. After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled...

Sweet Thursday

Sweet Thursday
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Monterey
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

In Monterey, on the California Coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday – one of those days that’s just bad from the start. But Sweet Thursday is sunny and clear, a day when anything...

The Artist Colony

The Artist Colony
  • Author(s): Joanna FitzPatrick
  • Location(s): Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1920s

July 1924. Sarah Cunningham, a young Modernist painter, arrives in Carmel-by-the-Sea from Paris to bury her older sister, Ada Belle. En route, she is shocked to learn that Ada Belle’s suspicious death is a suicide. But why kill herself?...

The Pastures of Heaven

The Pastures of Heaven
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Monterey
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories
  • Era(s): 1930s

Each of these delightful interconnected tales is devoted to a family living in a fertile valley on the outskirts of Monterey, California, and the effects that one particular family has on them all. Steinbeck tackles two important literary traditions...

Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Monterey
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s

Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California and peopled it with a colourful band of knights. At the center of the tale is...

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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