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Learning to Speak American

Learning to Speak American
  • Author(s): Colette Dartford
  • Location(s): California, Napa Valley
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Having suffered in silence since the tragic death of their young daughter, Lola and Duncan Drummond’s last chance to rediscover their love for one another lies in an anniversary holiday to the gorgeous Napa Valley. Unable to talk about...

Los Angeles Noir

Los Angeles Noir
  • Author(s): Denise Hamilton
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Crime, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

A collection of short stories set in and around LA under the editorship of Denis Hamilton

MAILBOX: A Scattershot Novel of Racing, Dares and Danger, Occasional Nakedness, and Faith

MAILBOX: A Scattershot Novel of Racing, Dares and Danger, Occasional Nakedness, and Faith
  • Author(s): Nancy Freund
  • Location(s): California, Kansas City, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1970s

The Drue family moves from New York to Small Town, USA in the ’70s, and they may never fully fit in. Thirteen-year-old Sandy’s parents encourage her curiosity, her imagination, and her challenge of social conventions – but not without...

Market Street

Market Street
  • Author(s): Anita Hughes
  • Location(s): California, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Cassie Blake is the heiress to Fenton’s, San Francisco’s most exclusive department store. After the revelation of her husband Aidan’s affair with a student, she searches out her friend Alexis at Presidio Heights mansion, and has some soul searching...

Melting the Snow on Hester Street

Melting the Snow on Hester Street
  • Author(s): Daisy Waugh
  • Location(s): Hollywood, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): First three decades of 20th Century

Sumptuously evoking the Golden Age of Hollywood, a time when money is built on greed and love can be a trick of the light, Daisy Waugh’s stunning new novel is a compelling portrait of love, fame, and survival. It...

Monsoon Summer

Monsoon Summer
  • Author(s): Mitali Perkins
  • Location(s): Berkeley, Pune (Poona)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Jasmine (Jazz) lives in Berkeley, CA and is the child of an Indian Mother and a white Father. At 15 she is already running a small business with Steve, taking photos of tourists in front of Landmarks. Jazz’ Mum...

Motiba’s Tattoos

Motiba’s Tattoos
  • Author(s): Mira Kamdar
  • Location(s): California, Saurashtra
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 20th Century, Early 21st

In a lyrical memoir spiced with mouth-watering Indian recipes and old family photographs, Mira Kamdar takes us back to the ancient world into which her grandmother was born: a tiny village in Kathiawar, India. Kamdar traces the Indian diaspora,...

Mr Wilder and Me

Mr Wilder and Me
  • Author(s): Jonathan Coe
  • Location(s): Los Angeles, Europe
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern back to 1970s

In the heady summer of 1977, a naïve young woman called Calista sets out from Athens to venture into the wider world. On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she finds herself working for...

My Absolute Darling

My Absolute Darling
  • Author(s): Gabriel Tallent
  • Location(s): Mendocino
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But...

October Skies

October Skies
  • Author(s): Alex Scarrow
  • Location(s): Sierra Nevada (United States)
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): 1850s, 2008

2008: Deep in the mountain forests, Julian Cooke stumbles across the rotting remains of a wooden wagon. He’s discovered what’s left of the Preston Group, a convoy of settlers that vanished in the winter of 1856. It’s clear that...

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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