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Vinegar Hill

Vinegar Hill
  • Author(s): A Manette Ansay
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

In a stark, troubling, yet ultimately triumphant celebration of self-determination, award-winning author A. Manette Ansay re-creates a stifling world of guilt and pain, and the tormented souls who inhabit it. It is 1972 when circumstance carries Ellen Grier and...

Winter Prey

Winter Prey
  • Author(s): John Sandford
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Crime
  • Era(s): 1990s

Winter Prey is John Sandford’s suspense masterpiece!  Following the international success of Shadow Prey and Silent Prey, Winter Prey creates another heart-pounding chapter in the career of Lucas Davenport, the brilliant, hard-bitten detective from the Twin Cities. The Iceman...

A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife
  • Author(s): Robert Goolrick
  • Location(s): Wisconsin, St Louis
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1909

He placed a notice in a Chicago paper, an advertisement for “a reliable wife.” She responded, saying that she was “a simple, honest woman.” She was, of course, anything but honest, and the only simple thing about her was...

A Map of the World

A Map of the World
  • Author(s): Jane Hamilton
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

One unremarkable June morning, Alice Goodwin is, as usual, trying to keep in check both her temper and her tendency to blame herself for her family’s shortcomings. When the Goodwins took over the last dairy farm in the small...

Drowning Ruth

Drowning Ruth
  • Author(s): Christina Schwarz
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

In the winter of 1919, a young mother named Mathilda Neumann drowns beneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake. The shock of her death dramatically changes the lives of her daughter, troubled sister, and husband. . . ....

Blankets

Blankets
  • Author(s): Craig Thompson
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness...

The Deep End of the Ocean

The Deep End of the Ocean
  • Author(s): Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Few first novels receive the kind of attention and acclaim showered on this powerful story—a nationwide bestseller, a critical success, and the first title chosen for Oprah’s Book Club. Both highly suspenseful and deeply moving, The Deep End of...

The Westing Game

The Westing Game
  • Author(s): Ellen Raskin
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1970s

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his...

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
  • Author(s): Amy E Reichert
  • Location(s): Milwaukee
  • Genre(s): Food and Drink, Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant–whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities. In downtown Milwaukee,...

American Wife

American Wife
  • Author(s): Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Location(s): Wisconsin, Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th century (second half)

All I did is marry him. You are the ones who gave him power. Quiet, bookish Alice Blackwell never dreamed of being First Lady. Much less to a President whose politics she doesn’t believe in. On perhaps the most...

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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