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The Jazz Files

The Jazz Files
  • Author(s): Fiona Veitch Smith
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Cozy Mystery
  • Era(s): 1920s

“It stands for Jazz Files,” said Rollo. “It’s what we call any story that has a whiff of high society scandal but can’t yet be proven… you never know when a skeleton in the closet might prove useful.” Set...

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The Creak on the Stairs

The Creak on the Stairs
  • Author(s): Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
  • Location(s): Akranes
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century and 2017

When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area. Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a...

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The Tacoma Pill Junkies

The Tacoma Pill Junkies
  • Author(s): Joshua Swainston
  • Location(s): Tacoma, Washington State
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

When Courtney Taylor, a 23-year-old clothing store manager and single mother, is mugged at gunpoint by a man who resembles a rodent, she loses self-esteem, an un-cashed paycheck and her driver’s license. Shortly thereafter, Reno Walch, a custodian and...

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Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle

Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle
  • Author(s): Murray Morgan
  • Location(s): Seattle
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Travelogue
  • Era(s): 19th & 20th centuries

Skid Road tells the story of Seattle “from the bottom up,” offering an informal and engaging portrait of the Emerald City’s first century, as seen through the lives of some of its most colorful citizens. With his trademark combination...

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The Other

The Other
  • Author(s): David Guterson
  • Location(s): Seattle
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 20th century

Seattle, 1972: Neil Countryman and John William Barry, two teenage boys from very different backgrounds, are at the start of an 800m race. Their lives collide for the first time, and so begins an extraordinary friendship. As they grow...

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The Search

The Search
  • Author(s): Nora Roberts
  • Location(s): Orcas Island, Washington State
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

It’s been a few years since Fiona Bristow moved to Orcas Island to rebuild her life. Within the small, tight-knit island community she’s built up a canine rescue centre that trains dogs to track missing persons in Washington’s vast...

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The Obsession

The Obsession
  • Author(s): Nora Roberts
  • Location(s): Washington State
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Naomi Carson is a survivor. As a child, her family was torn apart by a shocking crime. It could have destroyed her, but Naomi has grown up strong, with a passion for photography that has taken her all around...

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The Boys In The Boat

The Boys In The Boat
  • Author(s): Daniel James Brown
  • Location(s): Washington State
  • Genre(s): Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1930s

Cast aside by his family at an early age, abandoned and left to fend for himself in the woods of Washington State, young Joe Rantz turns to rowing as a way of escaping his past. What follows is an...

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Harvest the Wind

Harvest the Wind
  • Author(s): Toni Morgan
  • Location(s): South Central Idaho
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WWII

Virginia Franconi left home at eighteen like the hounds of hell were nipping at her heels. Now, in her mid-twenties, she returns to the family farm in Idaho. Her sour, belligerent father, once an iron-fisted ruler, is weak and...

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Echoes From a Falling Bridge

Echoes From a Falling Bridge
  • Author(s): Toni Morgan
  • Location(s): China, Japan, Papua New Guinea
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WWII

In 1939, nineteen-year-old Nobuko Ito, born and raised in Fresno, California, sails to Japan to learn the culture and customs of her ancestors. She lives with her host family in the mountain village of Nishimi, where her host, her...

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Hurry, hurry! Our 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition entries close on 15th November...

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020