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Black Water

Black Water
  • Author(s): Louise Doughty
  • Location(s): California, Indonesia, Netherlands
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Present looking back

John Harper lies awake at night in an isolated hut on an Indonesian island, listening to the rain on the roof and believing his life may be in danger. But he is less afraid of what is going to...

Deep Blue Trouble

Deep Blue Trouble
  • Author(s): Steph Broadribb
  • Location(s): Southern California
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death...

Fever City

Fever City
  • Author(s): Tim Baker
  • Location(s): Dallas, Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1960s/2014

Nick Alston, a Los Angeles private investigator, is hired to find the kidnapped son of America’s richest and most hated man. Hastings, a mob hitman in search of redemption, is also on the trail. But both men soon become...

Orhan’s Inheritance

Orhan’s Inheritance
  • Author(s): Aline Ohanesian
  • Location(s): California, Turkey
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1915 and 1990s

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather Kemal—a man who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs—is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But Kemal’s will raises more questions than it answers....

Pretending to Dance

Pretending to Dance
  • Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
  • Location(s): North Carolina, San Diego
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

When the pretending ends, the lying begins . . . Molly Arnette is good at keeping secrets. As she and her husband try to adopt a baby, she worries that the truth she’s kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood...

The Immortalists

The Immortalists
  • Author(s): Chloe Benjamin
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): From 1969

It’s 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York’s Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young...

The Perfect Wife

The Perfect Wife
  • Author(s): J P Delaney
  • Location(s): San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Psychological Thriller
  • Era(s): Present looking back 5 years

“There’s something I have to explain, my love,” he says, taking your hand in his. “That wasn’t a dream. It was an upload.” Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man...

And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed
  • Author(s): Khaled Hosseini
  • Location(s): Kabul, Paris, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one… Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of...

The Girls

The Girls
  • Author(s): Emma Cline
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1969

Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat. Until she sees them. The snatch of...

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner
  • Author(s): Khaled Hosseini
  • Location(s): Kabul, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s to 2000s

The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini’s deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s,...

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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