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In the Dark of the Night

In the Dark of the Night
  • Author(s): John Saul
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): early 21st century

The rambling lakeside house called Pinecrest has lain empty since its last owner went missing seven years ago. But for the Brewster family it will be this year’s holiday retreat, and for the kids Eric and Marci it’s the...

Keeping the House

Keeping the House
  • Author(s): Ellen Baker
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s back to WW1 and WW2

Set in the conformist 1950s and reaching back to span two world wars, Ellen Baker’ s superb novel is the story of a newlywed who falls in love with a grand abandoned house and begins to unravel dark secrets...

Need

Need
  • Author(s): Joelle Charbonneau
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Young Adult
  • Era(s): modenn

What do you really need? One by one, the teens in Nottawa, Wisconsin, join the newest, hottest networking site and answer one question: What do you need? A new iPhone? Backstage passes to a concert? In exchange for a...

No One Else Can Have You

No One Else Can Have You
  • Author(s): Kathleen Hale
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 689 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered....

Old World Murder

Old World Murder
  • Author(s): Kathleen Ernst
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Trying to leave painful memories behind her, Chloe Ellefson is making a fresh start. She’s the new collections curator at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor ethnic museum showcasing 1870s settlement life. On her first day, Chloe meets with an...

One Came Home

One Came Home
  • Author(s): Amy Timberlake
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1870s

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn’t, her older...

Rascal

Rascal
  • Author(s): Sterling North, John Schoenherr (illustrator)
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Children, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Nothing’s surprising in the North household, not even Sterling’s new pet raccoon. Rascal is only a baby when Sterling brings him home, but soon the two are best friends, doing everything together–until the spring day when everything suddenly changes....

Rock and a Hard Place

Rock and a Hard Place
  • Author(s): Angie Stanton
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): early 21st century

One day while watching the Interstate exit for her dad’s long awaited return, Libby’s life is rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life. After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby breaks away...

Seventeenth Summer

Seventeenth Summer
  • Author(s): Maureen Daly
  • Location(s): Wisconsin, Fond du Lac
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1942

Until the summer before college, Angie Morrow didn’t really date. Her mother didn’t like her to go out much. But no one — not even Angie’s mother — can resist the charm of strikingly handsome Jack Duluth. His good...

Survival of the Fritters

Survival of the Fritters
  • Author(s): Ginger Bolton
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modernn

Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime—or stay...

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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