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East of Eden

East of Eden
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Salinas Valley
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 19th Century onwards

Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel, follows the intertwined destinies of two families – the Trasks and the Hamiltons – whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve...

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town
  • Location(s): California, Alaska, Colorado, Washington State
  • Genre(s): Young Adult, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The second, highly anticipated novel from Carnegie-shortlisted author Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. Come on a journey across the rural American West . . . Meet the teenagers who live in the small towns across these states, separated by distance, but whose...

Gods without Men

Gods without Men
  • Author(s): Hari Kunzru
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): From 1770s to late 2000s

This novel takes you through various times, from 1778 up to 2009, and a number of characters who all intersect through the ages and a place in the Californian desert. A four-year-old autistic boy, Raj Matharu, disappears in the...

Good-bye To All That

Good-bye To All That
  • Author(s): Margo Candela
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Getting ahead in Hollywood poses a challenge for Raquel Azorian, a lowly marketing assistant at a major production company, and while she has ambition, energy, and smarts, the heroine of Candela’s wry latest doesn’t have a mentor or even...

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice
  • Author(s): Thomas Pynchon
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century and early 2000s

Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon – private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A....

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

Island of a Thousand Mirrors
  • Author(s): Nayomi Munaweera
  • Location(s): Los Angeles, Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families. Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for. As a...

Japantown (Jim Brodie)

Japantown (Jim Brodie)
  • Author(s): Barry Lancet
  • Location(s): Japan, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie receives a call one night from a friend at the SFPD: an entire family has been senselessly gunned down in the Japantown neighborhood of the bustling city. As an American born and raised...

Johnny’s Girl

Johnny’s Girl
  • Author(s): Paige Toon
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Meg’s life has taken a turn for the perfect. She is the envy of millions with her drop dead gorgeous husband, their two beautiful sons and her new mansion in Henley. Her celebrity PA days are over. But desperate...

LA Confidential

LA Confidential
  • Author(s): James Ellroy
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Crime

An involved story, with a beautiful, unique style. Graphic and dark. A police brutality case provides Ed Exley with an opportunity to make a name for himself but by testifying against other police officers he makes enemies as well...

Lake Como

Lake Como
  • Author(s): Anita Hughes
  • Location(s): Lake Como, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Hallie Elliot has a perfect life. She is an up-and-coming interior designer in one of San Francisco’s most sought after firms, and has just recently become engaged to Peter, a brilliant young journalist. But when she stumbles upon Peter...

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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