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An Act of Love

An Act of Love
  • Author(s): Carol Drinkwater
  • Location(s): Alpes-Maritimes
  • Genre(s): Coming of Age, Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1943 WW2

France, 1943. Forced to flee war ravaged Poland, Sara and her parents are offered refuge in a beautiful but dilapidated house in the French Alps. It seems the perfect hideaway, despite haunting traces of the previous occupants who left...

FALL OUT

FALL OUT
  • Author(s): M N Grenside
  • Location(s): California, London, Switzerland, The Philippines, The South of France (Le Midi)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): PRESENT

An LA screenwriter is killed shortly after completing his latest script, FALL OUT – a thriller destined to be a blockbuster but written with a secret double purpose. Echoing events from the past the screenplay is sent to a...

Madam, Will You Talk?

Madam, Will You Talk?
  • Author(s): Mary Stewart
  • Location(s): Provence
  • Genre(s): Romance, Suspense
  • Era(s): 1950s

A young woman on a holiday in Provence befriends a lonely boy, and is unwittingly drawn into his family’s intrigues. A cat and mouse chase leads from Avignon to Les Baux to Marseille, as she attempts to unravel the...

Meet Me in Monaco

Meet Me in Monaco
  • Author(s): Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
  • Location(s): French Riviera (Cote d'Azur)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and glamourous wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along...

Second Harvest

Second Harvest
  • Author(s): Jean Giono
  • Location(s): The South of France (Le Midi)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

Panturle lives in the nearly deserted village of Aubignane, in the Provencal uplands. That autumn, Gaubert, the blacksmith, “a little man all mustache, ” had left; and before the winter was out, the well-sinker’s widow had left as well....

The Artisan’s Star

The Artisan’s Star
  • Author(s): Gabriella Contestabile
  • Location(s): Florence, Grasse
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Elio Barati’s perfumery shop in Florence marks its entrance with a mosaic star. This shop immerses Elio in the artisanal world he loves, but he harbors a regret. As a young man he created a full-fledged perfume of jasmine,...

The Forgotten Summer

The Forgotten Summer
  • Author(s): Carol Drinkwater
  • Location(s): Var
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The annual grape harvest at the Cambon family’s magnificent vineyard is always a cause for celebration. But not this year. When an accident destroys the crop, leaving the estate facing ruin, Clarisse Cambon knows exactly who to blame –...

The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl
  • Author(s): Carol Drinkwater
  • Location(s): Paris, Provence
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Since her daughter went missing four years earlier, celebrated photographer Kurtiz Ross has been a woman alone. Her only companion her camera. Since Lizzie disappeared, she has blamed and isolated herself, given up hope. Until, out of the blue,...

The Paris Secret

The Paris Secret
  • Author(s): Karen Swan
  • Location(s): Antibes, Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Not every door should be opened . . . With stunning locations and page-turning tension, The Paris Secret is an intense and gripping tale from bestselling author Karen Swan. Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with...

The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop
  • Author(s): Nina George
  • Location(s): Paris, Provence
  • Era(s): Modern

On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop; or rather a ‘literary apothecary’, for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only...

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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