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Little Faith

Little Faith
  • Author(s): Nickolas Butler
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

WINNER STANFORDS TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS, FICTION WITH A SENSE OF PLACE 2020 Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old...

Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods
  • Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Children, Historical
  • Era(s): 1870s

Inside the little house in the big woods live the Ingalls family: Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura and baby Carrie. Outside the little house are the wild animals: the bears and the bees. the deer and the wolves. This is...

The Mourning Hours

The Mourning Hours
  • Author(s): Paula Treick DeBoard
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The Mourning Hours is a real page turner Well written and an edgey mystery, it is a great character study that will take you right into small town America in the sticks. Stacy Lemke disappears and the story is...

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • Author(s): David Wroblewski
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A literary debut of stark and striking brilliance – a coming-of-age story, set in the remote wilderness of northern Wisconsin. Born mute and able to communicate only by sign, the brilliant Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his...

A Gate at the Stairs

A Gate at the Stairs
  • Author(s): Lorrie Moore
  • Location(s): Troy, Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
  • Era(s): Early 21st Century

With America quietly gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, a ‘half-Jewish’ farmer’s daughter from the plains of the Midwest, has come to university – escaping her provincial home to encounter the complex world of...

A Perfect Stranger

A Perfect Stranger
  • Author(s): Jaden Skye
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Nestled among trees and hills, set alongside a winding river, the small town of Tom’s River, Wisconsin, so beautiful and protected, is a place where everybody knows each other, a place where nothing ever changes and where people can...

A Map of the World

A Map of the World
  • Author(s): Jane Hamilton
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

One unremarkable June morning, Alice Goodwin is, as usual, trying to keep in check both her temper and her tendency to blame herself for her family’s shortcomings. When the Goodwins took over the last dairy farm in the small...

A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife
  • Author(s): Robert Goolrick
  • Location(s): Wisconsin, St Louis
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1909

He placed a notice in a Chicago paper, an advertisement for “a reliable wife.” She responded, saying that she was “a simple, honest woman.” She was, of course, anything but honest, and the only simple thing about her was...

A Whisper and a Wish

A Whisper and a Wish
  • Author(s): Robin Jones Gunn
  • Location(s): California, Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Teens across the nation have made this series from Robin Jones Gunn a bestseller! Readers can find out for themselves why the series is so popular as they, too, become friends with Christy Miller. She becomes the perfect role...

American Wife

American Wife
  • Author(s): Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Location(s): Wisconsin, Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th century (second half)

All I did is marry him. You are the ones who gave him power. Quiet, bookish Alice Blackwell never dreamed of being First Lady. Much less to a President whose politics she doesn’t believe in. On perhaps the most...

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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