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Land of Smiles

Land of Smiles
  • Author(s): T C Huo
  • Location(s): Thailand, California, Oakland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

Set in the 1970s, in the era of the Vietnam War and its volatile aftermath, Land of Smiles tells the story of a young Southeast Asian man’s journey from a refugee camp in Thailand to a housing project in...

More Like Wrestling

More Like Wrestling
  • Author(s): Danyel Smith
  • Location(s): Oakland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing… “More Like Wrestling” tells the story of Pinch and Paige, two sisters coming of age in Oakland, California, in the 1980s, a time when that beautiful, crumbling city is...

The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus
  • Author(s): Dashka Slater
  • Location(s): Oakland, California
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): 2013, 21st century

Winner of the Stonewall Young Adult Literature Award One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both their lives forever. Two teenagers growing up in Oakland, California. One, Sasha, was born male but...

The Mistress of Spices

The Mistress of Spices
  • Author(s): Chitra Divakaruni
  • Location(s): Oakland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Tilo, an immigrant from India, runs an Indian spice shop in Oakland, California. While she dispenses the classic ingredients for curries and kormas, she also helps her customers to gain a more precious commodity: whatever they most desire. For...

There There

There There
  • Author(s): Tommy Orange
  • Location(s): Oakland
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Jacquie Red Feather and her sister Opal grew up together, relying on each other during their unsettled childhood. As adults they were driven apart, but Jacquie is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she...

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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