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What is the What

What is the What
  • Author(s): Dave Eggers
  • Location(s): Sudan, Ethiopia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Valentino Achak Deng is just a boy when conflict separates him from his family and forces him to leave his small Sudanese village, joining thousands of other orphans on their long, long walk to Ethiopia, where they find safety...

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What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath
  • Author(s): Adam Croft
  • Location(s): Rutland
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Present day

Early one typically quiet Sunday morning, two men fishing on Rutland Water discover a body on the rocks below the ‘drowned’ church which is one of Rutland’s icons. Det Inspector Caroline Hills, recently arrived from London’s Metropolitan Police, and...

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What Lies Between Us

What Lies Between Us
  • Author(s): Nayomi Munaweera
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Ganga, a young girl, grows up carefree in the midst of her loving family in an old and beautiful house nestled in the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka. Her childhood is like any other–until it isn’t. A cherished...

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What Only We Know

What Only We Know
  • Author(s): Catherine Hokin
  • Location(s): Berlin, Aldershot
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Present Day &World War II

A door slammed and the unmistakable sound of boots came crashing up the hall. Liese held her little daughter’s hand so tightly, the tiny fingers had turned purple. The SS officer’s hand was at Liese’s throat before she saw...

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What Red Was

What Red Was
  • Author(s): Rosie Price
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

‘Kate Quaile,’ he said. ‘I like your name.’ Kate frowned. ‘How do you know my name?’ Throughout their four years at university, Kate and Max are inseparable. For him, she breaks her solitude; for her, he leaves his busy...

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What She Inherits

What She Inherits
  • Author(s): Diane V Mulligan
  • Location(s): Casco, South Carolina
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Magical Realism
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When Angela Ellis returns to her childhood home on St. Nabor Island, South Carolina, her junior year of college interrupted indefinitely by her mother’s death, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to function in the world without...

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What She Saw Last Night

What She Saw Last Night
  • Author(s): Mason Cross
  • Location(s): United Kingdom
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Jenny Bowen is going home. Boarding the Caledonian Sleeper, all she wants to do is forget about her upcoming divorce and relax on the ten-hour journey through the night. In her search for her cabin, Jenny helps a panicked...

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What the Body Remembers

What the Body Remembers
  • Author(s): Shauna Singh Baldwin
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1947

Out of the rich culture of India and the brutal drama of the 1947 Partition comes this lush and eloquent debut novel about two women married to the same man. Roop is a young girl whose mother has died...

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What the Clocks Know

What the Clocks Know
  • Author(s): Rumer Haven
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Paranormal
  • Era(s): Modern / Victorian

Twenty-six-year-old Margot sets out on a journey of self-discovery – she dumps her New York boyfriend, quits her Chicago job, and crashes at her friend’s flat in London. Rather than find herself, though, she only feels more lost. An...

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What the Nights Tells the Day

What the Nights Tells the Day
  • Author(s): Hector Bianciotti
  • Location(s): Argentina
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th century

Compared to Conrad, Nabokov, and Beckett by Octavio Paz, Argentine-born Hector Bianciotti is one of the leading literary figures in his adopted homeland of France. What the Night Tells the Day, his first novel to be translated into English,...

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Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Voyages by Verse' Poetry Competition...

A poem in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

1,000 word maximum - no minimum

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 13th June 2021