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The Syndicate

The Syndicate
  • Author(s): Guy Bolton
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Post WW2

June 1947. Jonathan Craine has left his old life in Hollywood behind him, content to live out his days with his son on a rural farm in California. But when infamous mobster Bugsy Siegel is murdered, Craine is forced...

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
  • Author(s): Lisa See
  • Location(s): California, Yunnan Province
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons...

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The Tortilla Curtain

The Tortilla Curtain
  • Author(s): T C Boyle
  • Location(s): Southern California
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: he a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican...

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The Unfolding

The Unfolding
  • Author(s): Jeehan Quijano
  • Location(s): Los Angeles, The Philippines
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The Unfolding traces the return from Los Angeles of Benjamin, the son of an indigent farm worker, who escaped the poverty of his hometown, San Jacinto, with the help of the seemingly benevolent Don Rafael. Drawn back to his...

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The Wayward Bus

The Wayward Bus
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s/1940s

The Wayward Bus travels through the backroads of the lush California countryside, transporting the lost and the lonely to new destinations. Juan Chicoy is at the wheel, a man of the land, hot-blooded and uninhibited. His passengers include Ernest,...

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The White Album

The White Album
  • Author(s): Joan Didion
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1960s and 1970s

Joan Didion’s hugely influential collection of essays which defines, for many, the America which rose from the ashes of the Sixties. ‘We tell ourselves stories in order to live. The princess is caged in the consulate. The man with...

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The Wild Birds

The Wild Birds
  • Author(s): Emily Strelow
  • Location(s): Oregon, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1870s, 1940s and the present day

Cast adrift in 1870s San Francisco after the death of her mother, a girl named Olive disguises herself as a boy and works as a lighthouse keeper’s assistant on the Farallon Islands to escape the dangers of a world...

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The Winemakers

The Winemakers
  • Author(s): Jan Moran
  • Location(s): California, Tuscany
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A young woman A family secret A devastating truth that could destroy the man she loves Many years ago, the Rosetta family s hard-won dreams of staking their claim in the vineyards of California came to fruition. Now high-spirited,...

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There There

There There
  • Author(s): Tommy Orange
  • Location(s): Oakland
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Jacquie Red Feather and her sister Opal grew up together, relying on each other during their unsettled childhood. As adults they were driven apart, but Jacquie is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she...

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These Women

These Women
  • Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From the award-winning author of Wonder Valley and Visitation Street comes a serial killer story like you’ve never seen before–a literary thriller of female empowerment and social change In West Adams, a rapidly changing part of South Los Angeles,...

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750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

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Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

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Entries close 15th November 2020