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The Urban Circus

The Urban Circus
  • Author(s): Catriona Rainsford
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

After travelling to India on leaving school, Catriona intended to make a life for herself in Asia until an injury forced her to return to the UK. A promise made at closing time in a Cambridge pub then took...

The Lacuna

The Lacuna
  • Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
  • Location(s): Mexico, North Carolina
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

The Lacuna is the heartbreaking story of a man’s search for safety of a man torn beween the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthyite America. Born in the U.S. and reared in Mexico, Harrison...

Almost Never

Almost Never
  • Author(s): Daniel Sada
  • Location(s): Oaxaca, Parras de la Fuente
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 1940s

Demetrio Sord is almost 30 and has been working on a large ranch. Finding life boring he starts to visit a brothel where he meets Mireya and their adventures become ever more daring. He is asked to return home...

On the Road

On the Road
  • Author(s): Jack Kerouac
  • Location(s): Mexico, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1950s

The two main characters of the book are the narrator, Salvatore “Sal” Paradise, and his new friend Dean Moriarty, much admired for his carefree attitude and sense for adventure, a free-spirited maverick eager to explore all kicks and an...

Risky Business

Risky Business
  • Author(s): Nora Roberts
  • Location(s): Acapulco, Cozumel
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Cozumel had been home to Liz Palmer for ten years. She was settled, respected. Her Black Coral Dive Shop was the best on the island. She no longer missed Houston, or thought about the man who didn’t want her...

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 Eagle’s Throne

The Eagle’s Throne
  • Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Science Fiction/Future
  • Era(s): 2020

The year is 2020. The Mexican President has provoked the United States by calling for the removal of US troops from Colombia and demanding higher prices for Mexico’s oil. But the country’s satellite communications system is controlled in Miami...

The Savage Detectives

The Savage Detectives
  • Author(s): Roberto Bolaño
  • Location(s): Mexico City
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s onwards

Los Detectivos Salvajes is an urban odyssey set in the sprawl of 1975 Mexico City. Written by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño, the novel won the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize and is counted among his most successful novels,...

Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano
  • Author(s): Malcolm Lowry
  • Location(s): Cuernavaca
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1938

Geoffrey Firmin, the former British consul iun Mexico is a prisoner of alcoholism. On The Day of the Dead in 1938, his recently divorced wife Yvonne returns to Quauhnahuac (The Aztec name for Cuernavaca), over which two smoking volcanoes...

El Narco

El Narco
  • Author(s): Ioan Grillo
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

‘War’ is no exaggeration in discussing the bloodshed that has terrorized Mexico in the past decades. As rival cartels battle for control of a billion-dollar drug trade, the body count – 23,000 dead in five years – and sheer...

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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