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We Begin at the End

We Begin at the End
  • Author(s): Chris Whitaker
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

With the staggering intensity of James Lee Burke and the absorbing narrative of Jane Harper’s The Dry, We Begin at the End is a powerful novel about absolute love and the lengths we will go to keep our family...

We Run the Tides

We Run the Tides
  • Author(s): Vendela Vida
  • Location(s): San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): Late 20th century

Teenage Eulabee and her magnetic best friend, Maria Fabiola, own the streets of Sea Cliff, their foggy oceanside San Francisco neighbourhood. They know Sea Cliff’s homes and beaches, its hidden corners and eccentric characters – as well as the...

When the Stars Go Dark

When the Stars Go Dark
  • Author(s): Paula McLain
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Anna Hart is a missing persons detective in San Francisco. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved...

While We Were Dating

While We Were Dating
  • Author(s): Jasmine Guillory
  • Location(s): Hollywood
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Can a Hollywood romance work in the real world? Ben Stephens has never been one to mix business and pleasure, but when he lands a huge ad campaign featuring movie star, Anna Gardiner, and it turns out she’s as...

Who Are We? ~ Venice

Who Are We? ~ Venice
  • Author(s): Michael Onofrey
  • Location(s): Venice Beach (LA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): mid-1960s and on

Venice, California, 1965–Albert Zay, nineteen years old, has moved to Venice from the San Fernando Valley to pursue a penchant for drawing and watercolors, day job enlisted for reasons of necessity. In a mixture of circumstances that embrace a...

Wilderness

Wilderness
  • Author(s): Beverley Jones
  • Location(s): Grand Canyon, New York City (NYC), Utah, Yosemite
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Two weeks, 1,500 miles and three opportunities for her husband to save his own life. It isn’t about his survival – it’s about hers. Shattered by the discovery of her husband’s affair, Liv knows they need to leave the...

Wonder Valley

Wonder Valley
  • Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When a teen runs away from his father’s mysterious commune, he sets in motion a domino effect that will connect six characters desperate for hope and love, set across the sun-bleached canvas of Los Angeles. From the acclaimed author...

Your House Will Pay

Your House Will Pay
  • Author(s): Steph Cha
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Grace Park and Shawn Mathews share a city, but seemingly little else. Coming from different generations and very different communities, their paths wouldn’t normally cross at all. As Grace battles confusion over her elder sister’s estrangement from their Korean-immigrant...

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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