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The Stray Cats of Homs

The Stray Cats of Homs
  • Author(s): Eva Nour
  • Location(s): Homs
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

‘A cat has seven souls in Arabic. In English cats have nine lives. You probably have both nine lives and seven souls, because otherwise I don’t know how you’ve made it this far.’ Sami’s childhood is much like any...

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The Street

The Street
  • Author(s): Ann Petry
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

New York City, 1940s. In a crumbling tenement in Harlem, Lutie Johnson is determined to build a new life for herself and her eight-year-old boy, Bub – a life that she can be proud of. Having left her unreliable...

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The Street Riding Years

The Street Riding Years
  • Author(s): Chris Scott
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1980s

’The Street Riding Years’ is a coming-of-age story about an urban motorcycle mercenary in 1980s London. It was a time when badly behaved messengers capitalised on London’s economic revival, when squatting was a legitimate solution to the housing crisis...

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The Strode Venturer

The Strode Venturer
  • Author(s): Hammond Innes
  • Location(s): The Maldives
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th century

Geoffrey Bailey is a man in search of a new job – and a new life. Then Strode & Company, City shipowners, make him a curious offer: find Peter Strode, the family black sheep, and make sure he returns...

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The Student Conductor

The Student Conductor
  • Author(s): Robert Ford
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

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The Stupid Monkey

The Stupid Monkey
  • Author(s): Rodney Romig
  • Location(s): Hawaii
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Renowned management consultant Dr. Dan Trix has been hired to market a luxury golf course in Hawaii. So why is someone trying to kill him? Trix is no stranger to violence. And he particularly doesn’t appreciate being attack by...

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The Stylist

The Stylist
  • Author(s): Rosie Nixon
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Humour, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Amber Green loves her job at Smith’s, the exclusive London boutique frequented by the rich, the famous and the stylish – and with stylist to the stars Mona Armstrong as a customer, there is never a dull moment. With...

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The Succubus

The Succubus
  • Author(s): Vlado Žabot
  • Location(s): Slovenia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In an unnamed city shrouded in mist, Valent Kosmina is a retiree living quietly yet discontentedly with his doped-up, TV-addicted wife. To escape the claustrophobia of home and city, he masquerades as a man of means and takes to...

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The Sugar Queen

The Sugar Queen
  • Author(s): Sarah Addison Allen
  • Location(s): North Carolina
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Magical Realism
  • Era(s): Modern

Twenty-seven-year-old Josey is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favourite season; she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle; and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet. For while...

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The Suicide House

The Suicide House
  • Author(s): Charlie Donlea
  • Location(s): Indiana
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Inside the walls of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont’s...

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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