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The Hot Country

The Hot Country
  • Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1910s

April 1914 and war correspondent Christopher Marlowe Kit Cobb arrives in Vera Cruz, Mexico, to cover the country’s civil war. A passionate believer in the power of a free press, Kit is no mere observer. He assumes a false...

The Happy Hammock

The Happy Hammock
  • Author(s): Kathrin Lake
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Comedy, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Kathrin, a foodie writer stuck in a corporate job, bonds with John through a mutual hatred of the cold. They discover paradise in a small town in Mexico and after three days naively buy a house there… or did...

The Untameable

The Untameable
  • Author(s): Guillermo Arriaga, Frank Wynne (Translator)
  • Location(s): Mexico, Canada
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Suspense
  • Era(s): Late 1960s

Yukon, Canada’s far north. A young man tracks a wolf through the wilderness. The one his grandfather warned him about: “Of all the wolves you will see in your life, one alone will be your master.” In Mexico City,...

Beyond the Funeral

Beyond the Funeral
  • Author(s): Peter Marshall
  • Location(s): Portsmouth, Canada, Mexico, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

As the red rose drifted away in the sea with the ashes, it was not the end of the story. It was the start of a new spy thriller – “Beyond the Funeral” – a fast-moving story in which...

Love On High Steel Bridge

Love On High Steel Bridge
  • Author(s): Rebecca Rohman
  • Location(s): Seattle, Juneau, La Paz
  • Genre(s): Romance, Suspense
  • Era(s): Present Day

Captain Dorian Rae is a wounded soul who gets his greatest pleasures from being in the great outdoors and soaring the skies. When he has a life-changing encounter with a beauty on Washington State’s High Steel Bridge, he never...

Remember Me

Remember Me
  • Author(s): Mario Escobar
  • Location(s): Spain, Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

Amid the shadows of war, one family faces an impossible choice that will change their lives forever. Madrid, 1934. Though the Spanish Civil War has not yet begun, the streets of Madrid have become dangerous for thirteen-year-old Marco Alcalde...

Hatchet / Hamartia

Hatchet / Hamartia
  • Author(s): Carmen Boullosa
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Poetry
  • Era(s): Modern

A bilingual poetry collection in which a microwave, a fly, a soup, a football match, a train, or a child in the subway serve as pretexts to explain the tragic nature of life when death is involved. One with...

The Story of My Teeth

The Story of My Teeth
  • Author(s): Valeria Luiselli
  • Location(s): Mexico City
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The Labyrinth of Solitude

The Labyrinth of Solitude
  • Author(s): Octavio Paz
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Octavio Paz has long been acknowledged as Mexico’s foremost writer and critic. In this international classic, Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character, and culture. Compared to...

All the Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses
  • Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
  • Location(s): Mexico, Texas
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1949

John Grady Cole is the last bewildered survivor of long generations of Texas ranchers. Finding himself cut off from the only life he has ever wanted, he sets out for Mexico with his friend Lacey Rawlins. Befriending a third...

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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