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Clover Blue

Clover Blue
  • Author(s): Eldonna Edwards
  • Location(s): Northern California
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

Set against the backdrop of a 1970s commune in Northern California, Clover Blue is a compelling, beautifully written story of a young boy’s search for identity. There are many things twelve-year-old Clover Blue isn’t sure of: his exact date...

From the Dark Places

From the Dark Places
  • Author(s): Margaret L Carter
  • Location(s): Northern California
  • Genre(s): Fantasy
  • Era(s): Late twentieth century

When Father Michel Emeric and Dr. Ray Benson warn young widow Kate Jacobs of occult danger stalking her, she dismisses them as deranged fanatics. The eerie disappearance of her four-year-old daughter, Sara, changes her mind. Ray and Father Mike...

He Who Pays The Piper

He Who Pays The Piper
  • Author(s): Alex Breck
  • Location(s): Northern California, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Scotland
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Ridge Walker is a hedonistic young Scot in a desperate race with the devil across Central America. He is consumed by guilt at his inability to save Orla, his beautiful and wild Irish wife, after their turbulent marriage went...

The Follower

The Follower
  • Author(s): Nicholas Bowling
  • Location(s): Northern California
  • Genre(s): Horror, Thriller
  • Era(s): N/A

Twin Peaks meets Welcome to Night Vale in this surreal, supernatural thriller by a Costa-shortlisted author “Gripping, compelling and otherworldly” – DAVID QUANTICK When her twin brother goes missing in Northern California, Vivian Owens follows his trail to the...

Under the Almond Trees

Under the Almond Trees
  • Author(s): Linda Ulleseit
  • Location(s): Northern California
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): early 20th century

Three women. Three unprecedented dreams. One learns independence when she is widowed and must lead men. Another desires a career in a man’s field. The third wants only a traditional family—until her husband refuses to pay for their daughter’s...

Watch Over Me

Watch Over Me
  • Author(s): Nina Lacour
  • Location(s): Northern California
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Paranormal
  • Era(s): Modern

Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes. Yes to a second chance in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below. But she hadn’t known about...

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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