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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...

Speak To Me: Travels and Exploits of a Language Lover

Speak To Me: Travels and Exploits of a Language Lover
  • Author(s): Pat Hall
  • Location(s): World, Mexico
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1955-2020

Speak To Me: Travels and Exploits of a Language Lover is a memoir with an unlikely twist. It’s a story about an intrepid woman’s adventures traveling and pursuing her passion for languages, visiting and living in many countries solely...

Tierra del Oro Book 1 Forty Grains of Black Powder

Tierra del Oro Book 1 Forty Grains of Black Powder
  • Author(s): RLB Hartmann
  • Location(s): Sonora
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1870 - 1920

Forty Grains of Black Powder begins the Cordero saga with a son’s quest for revenge and freedom. Growing up surrounded by finery and lies, Ramón Cordero discovers a secret that will change his life, and that of generations to...

Bad Marie

Bad Marie
  • Author(s): Marcy Dermansky
  • Location(s): Paris, Manhattan, Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Bad Marie is the story of Marie, tall, voluptuous, beautiful, thirty years old, and fresh from six years in prison for being an accessory to murder and armed robbery. The only job Marie can get on the outside is...

The Book of Rosy

The Book of Rosy
  • Author(s): Rosayra Pablo Cruz
  • Location(s): Mexico, Arizona
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family. When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States...

The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb

The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb
  • Author(s): Cathy Ace
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Criminologist and foodie Cait Morgan was looking forward to her dream vacation in Mexico with her boyfriend Bud Anderson. She wasn’t anticipating a fresh corpse on the floor of a local florist’s shop, and she definitely wasn’t expecting Bud...

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic
  • Author(s): Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging to be rescued from a mysterious doom, it’s clear something is desperately amiss. Catalina has always had a flair for the dramatic, but her claims...

Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season
  • Author(s): Fernanda Melchor
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 2000s

The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse – by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals – propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred. Rumours and suspicions...

American Dirt

American Dirt
  • Author(s): Jeanine Cummins
  • Location(s): United States (USA), Mexico Border
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop. Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist. Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world. Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left. For him, she will carry a...

Lost in Oaxaca

Lost in Oaxaca
  • Author(s): Jessica Winters Mireles
  • Location(s): Oaxaca, Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Once a promising young concert pianist, Camille Childs retreated to her mother’s Santa Barbara estate after an injury to her hand destroyed her hopes for a musical career. She now leads a solitary life teaching piano, and she has...

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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