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On Swift Horses

On Swift Horses
  • Author(s): Shannon Pufahl
  • Location(s): San Diego, Las Vegas, Tijuana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 20th century

A breathtakingly beautiful debut novel of revolution, chance and the gambles we take with the human heart. Muriel, newly married and newly orphaned, works as a waitress in a San Diego diner. As she pours coffee and empties ashtrays,...

Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters
  • Author(s): Chloe Aridjis
  • Location(s): Zipolite
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 19880s

One autumn afternoon in Mexico City, 17-year-old Luisa does not return home from school. Instead, she boards a bus to the Pacific coast with Tomás, a boy she barely knows. He seems to represent everything her life is lacking...

The Consequences of Finding Daniel Morgan

The Consequences of Finding Daniel Morgan
  • Author(s): Peter J Robinson
  • Location(s): Australia, Florida, Mexico
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Present day

International Wildlife Expert, Phillip Royle, is recalled to Florida mid-flight to help find his missing former federal enforcement colleague, Daniel Morgan, soon finding Dan’s messy remains in a tiger pen. But what the hell was Dan doing there? With...

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow
  • Author(s): Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Location(s): Mexico City, Yucatan Peninsula
  • Genre(s): Fantasy
  • Era(s): 1920s

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy scrubbing floors in her wealthy grandfather’s house to do more than dream of a life far from her small town in southern Mexico. Until the day...

The Confession

The Confession
  • Author(s): Jessie Burton
  • Location(s): Hampstead, Los Angeles, Mexico, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s / 2000s

One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows...

The Trumpet Lesson

The Trumpet Lesson
  • Author(s): Dianne Romain
  • Location(s): Guanajuato
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s / 1960s

When Callie Quinn became pregnant at seventeen in 1960s rural Missouri, her outraged father, with her mother’s acquiescence, insisted that no one know–and Callie complied. She went away, and she gave up her baby. But not for their reasons....

The Death of Artemio Cruz

The Death of Artemio Cruz
  • Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

As the novel opens, Artemio Cruz, the all-powerful newspaper magnate and land baron, lies confined to his bed and, in dreamlike flashes, recalls the pivotal episodes of his life. Carlos Fuentes manipulates the ensuing kaleidoscope of images with dazzling...

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Author(s): B Traven
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction

One of the greatest books ever written. It was made into a movie by the same name, which in turn is regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. First published in 1935, The Treasure of the Sierra...

The Murmur of Bees

The Murmur of Bees
  • Author(s): Sofía Segovia
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

From the day that old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican town forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff...

Tomorrow There Will Be Sun

Tomorrow There Will Be Sun
  • Author(s): Dana Reinhardt
  • Location(s): Puerto Vallarta
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Two families arrive in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Jenna has organized the trip to celebrate her husband’s fiftieth birthday–she’s been looking forward to it for months. She’s sure everything is going to be just perfect–and the...

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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