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The Crane

The Crane
  • Author(s): Halim Barakat
  • Location(s): Syria, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s / 1960s

In The Crane, the renowned Syro-Lebanese author Halim Barakat creates a narrator who looks back wistfully on a childhood in a small village of Syria, then travels to the United States, and, with his wife, goes through the experiences...

The Crazed

The Crazed
  • Author(s): Ha Jin
  • Location(s): China
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Professor Yang, a respected teacher of literature, has had a stroke and it falls to Jian Wan – who is also engaged to Yang’s daughter – to care for him. It initially seems a simple duty until the professor...

The Cretan Runner

The Cretan Runner
  • Author(s): George Psychoundakis
  • Location(s): Crete
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): WW2

George Psychoundakis was a young shepherd boy who knew the island of Crete intimately when the Nazis invaded by air in 1941. He immediately joined the resistance and took on the crucial job of war-time runner. It was not...

The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square
  • Author(s): George Selden
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Children, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

One night, the sounds of New York City–the rumbling of subway trains, thrumming of automobile tires, hooting of horns, howling of brakes, and the babbling of voices–is interrupted by a sound that even Tucker Mouse, a jaded inhabitant of...

The Crime of Father Amaro

The Crime of Father Amaro
  • Author(s): Eca de Queiroz
  • Location(s): Portugal
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1870s

Father Amaro sours for ever the life of the young AmeliaSet in Leira, Portugal in the 1870s, follows the love affair of young Father Amaro with nubile Am elia, and their interactions with Am elia’s mother, her atheist suitor,...

The Crime Writer

The Crime Writer
  • Author(s): Jill Dawson
  • Location(s): Earl Soham
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

In 1964, the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith is hiding out in a cottage in Suffolk, to concentrate on her writing and escape her fans. She has another motive too – a secret romance with a married lover based...

The Crimson Shamrock

The Crimson Shamrock
  • Author(s): Michael Hughes
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul, San Francisco, Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Humour, Suspense
  • Era(s): 2014

Young underemployed man in the East San Francisco Bay gets hired by mysterious tech company. Hilarity ensues. A scotch-swilling DUI attorney, a cynical congressional staffer, and a retired bomb- sniffing German Shepherd are just some of the characters Chuck...

The Crook Factory

The Crook Factory
  • Author(s): Dan Simmons
  • Location(s): Cuba (Republic of)
  • Era(s): 1930s

The Crossing

The Crossing
  • Author(s): Luis Cardoso
  • Location(s): East Timor (Timor-Leste)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1980s / 1990s

East Timor hit the world’s newspaper headlines in August 1999 after its bloody, brave vote for independence from Indonesia – one of the great expressions of a people’s democratic spirit and its oppression. Before that – as a Portuguese...

The Crossing

The Crossing
  • Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
  • Location(s): Mexico, Texas
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s/1940s

The Crossing forms second part of Cormac McCarthy’s critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, that began with All the Pretty Horses and concludes with The Cities of the Plain. Set on the south-western ranches in the years before the Second World...

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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