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Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Monterey
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s

Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California and peopled it with a colourful band of knights. At the center of the tale is...

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Travels with George

Travels with George
  • Author(s): Vivien Fallows
  • Location(s): Australia, Los Angeles, New Zealand, The Cook Islands
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Travelogue
  • Era(s): 2010's

In 2000, after her children set off for new lives on the other side of the globe, Vivien Fallows embarked on a solo travel mission. At the request of her husband, Vivien shared the stories in a diary, which...

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Troubleshooter

Troubleshooter
  • Author(s): Gregg Hurwitz
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

The leader of one of the country’s most violent biker gangs, Den Laurey should have been behind bars. But thanks to a daring escape on an L.A. freeway, several deputy marshals are dead and Laurey is riding free. Deputy...

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Turning Point

Turning Point
  • Author(s): Danielle Steel
  • Location(s): Paris, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From San Francisco to Paris, four talented trauma doctors are given a life-changing opportunity in this gripping medical drama by Danielle Steel. Bill Browning heads the trauma unit at San Francisco’s busiest emergency room. With his ex-wife and daughters...

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Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley
  • Author(s): Anna Wiener
  • Location(s): San Francisco, Silicon Valley
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Contemporary

At twenty-five years old, Anna Wiener was beginning to tire of her assistant job in New York publishing. There was no room to grow, and the voyeuristic thrill of answering someone else’s phone had worn thin. Within a year...

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Under the Almond Trees

Under the Almond Trees
  • Author(s): Linda Ulleseit
  • Location(s): Northern California
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): early 20th century

Three women. Three unprecedented dreams. One learns independence when she is widowed and must lead men. Another desires a career in a man’s field. The third wants only a traditional family—until her husband refuses to pay for their daughter’s...

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Unscripted

Unscripted
  • Author(s): Claire Handscombe
  • Location(s): Cambridge, London, Pasadena
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2010s

Nobody is a bigger fan of actor Thomas Cassidy than Libby is. Nobody. That’s why she’s totally going to marry him. She is going to write a novel, name the main character after Thom, and find a way to...

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Vagablonde

Vagablonde
  • Author(s): Anna Dorn
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Prue is a 30-year-old attorney who wants two things, the first is to live without psychotropic medication, and the second is to experience success as a rap artist. Her life is good on paper: she has an easy government...

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Watch Him Die

Watch Him Die
  • Author(s): Craig Robertson
  • Location(s): Glasgow, Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Psychological Thriller
  • Era(s): Modn

ONLY ONE PERSON CAN SAVE YOU. AND HE WANTS YOU DEAD.  The LAPD find a man dead at home. Nothing suggests foul-play but elements of the victim’s house show that something is deeply wrong. Meanwhile, in Glasgow, DI Rachel...

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Watch Me Disappear

Watch Me Disappear
  • Author(s): Janelle Brown
  • Location(s): Desolation Wilderness
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan–a Berkeley mom with an enviable life–went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot....

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Hurry, hurry! Our 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition entries close on 15th November...

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

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020