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  • Author(s): Stacey Ballis
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Gastro, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

As the executive culinary assistant to celebrity Chicago chef Patrick Conlon, Alana Ostermann works behind the scenes–and that’s just the way she likes it. But with developing recipes for Patrick’s cookbooks, training his sous chefs, picking out the perfect...

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Once You Know

Once You Know
  • Author(s): Madeleine Van Hecke
  • Location(s): Arizona, Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In the dry heat of her Arizona home, feisty, Irish-Catholic Colleen Moretti thrust the letter into the back of a drawer. Her plan: ignore the fault line until the tremors pass. But her husband’s betrayal is far worse than...

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Pretty Baby

Pretty Baby
  • Author(s): Mary Kubica
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Suspense
  • Era(s): Modern

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head… Heidi...

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Sabrina

Sabrina
  • Author(s): Nick Drnaso
  • Location(s): Chicago, Colorado
  • Genre(s): Graphic Novel
  • Era(s): Modern

A MAN BOOKER PRIZE LONGLIST NOMINEE 2018 Where is Sabrina?The answer is hidden on a videotape, a tape which is en route to several news outlets, and about to go viral. A landmark graphic novel, already hailed as one...

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Seven for a Secret

Seven for a Secret
  • Author(s): Rumer Haven
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
  • Era(s): Modern / 1920s

It’s the year 2000, and twenty-four-year-old Kate moves into a new apartment to find a new state of independence in a new millennium. Almost immediately, she starts crushing on a hot guy who lives in her building. Deciding to...

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Shadows the Sizes of Cities, A Novel

Shadows the Sizes of Cities, A Novel
  • Author(s): Gregory W Beaubien
  • Location(s): Amsterdam, Chicago, Morocco, Spain
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1994

While traveling with friends in Europe and Morocco, the young American reporter Will Clark is drawn into killing a drug dealer. Pursued by other gang members and the police, his bond with his companions broken and his sense of...

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The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan

The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan
  • Author(s): Steve Wiley
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fantasy
  • Era(s): Contemporary

There is magic in the city… In Chicago, a secret L train runs through the mythical East Side. On that train, you’ll discover fantastical truths about the city, alongside the most incredible cast of characters, including one exceptional girl by the...

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The Fog Machine

The Fog Machine
  • Author(s): Susan Follett
  • Location(s): Chicago, Mississippi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1954-1964

This exploration of prejudice and what enables and disables change is set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1964 and told from three very different perspectives. To Joan Barnes, 12 years old in the summer...

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The Great Believers

The Great Believers
  • Author(s): Rebecca Makkai
  • Location(s): Chicago, Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s and 1980s

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup: bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins...

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The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book #2)

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book #2)
  • Author(s): Ed Duncan
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When a teenage girl witnesses a carjacking gone bad, she is marked for death by a crime boss with no apparent motive. A black lawyer and a white enforcer with an unlikely history forge an uneasy alliance to protect...

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

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

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Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

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Entries close 15th November 2020