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Crossing to Safety

Crossing to Safety
  • Author(s): Wallace Stegner
  • Location(s): Wisconsin, Vermont
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th century

A novel of the friendships and woes of two couples, which tells the story of their lives in lyrical, evocative prose by one of the finest American writers of the late 20th century. When two young couples meet for...

Little Faith

Little Faith
  • Author(s): Nickolas Butler
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

WINNER STANFORDS TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS, FICTION WITH A SENSE OF PLACE 2020 Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old...

Virtuoso

Virtuoso
  • Author(s): Yelena Moskovich
  • Location(s): Prague, Paris, Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s/90s

1980s Prague. For Jana, childhood means ration queues and the smell of boiled potatoes on the grey winter air. But just before Jana’s seventh birthday, a new family moves in to their building: a bird-eyed mamka in a fox-fur...

Take Me, I’m Yours

Take Me, I’m Yours
  • Author(s): Lizzie Lamb
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

India Buchanan plans to set up an English-Style bed and breakfast establishment in her great-aunt’s home, MacFarlane Landing, Wisconsin. But she’s reckoned without opposition from Logan MacFarlane whose family once owned her aunt’s house and now want it back....

Cold Blood: The Antarctic Murders Trilogy

Cold Blood: The Antarctic Murders Trilogy
  • Author(s): Theodore Jerome Cohen
  • Location(s): Antarctica, Chile, Madison
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1960s

Book I, Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World, introduces American scientists Ted Stone and Grant Morris, who, while performing geological and geophysical field work with the assistance of Captain Roberto Muñoz of the Chilean auxiliary...

Full Circle

Full Circle
  • Author(s): Theodore Jerome Cohen
  • Location(s): Milwaukee
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 1800s to present

Solly’s dream is for his son Teddy to one day become a concert violinist. Eventually he comes to understand and to endure the heartbreak of knowing that the dream never will be realized. As Solly watches, life takes Teddy...

Anchored By Death

Anchored By Death
  • Author(s): Catherine Finger
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Fiction
  • Era(s): Present Day

A Dead Body, A Cryptic Clue—Will Jo Oliver Solve the Riddle in Time? Police Chief Jo Oliver needed a little time to herself. But when her escape to Wisconsin turns deadly, she teams up with FBI agent Nick Vitarello,...

Big Boy

Big Boy
  • Author(s): Ruthie Knox
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Novella, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

“Meet me at the train museum after dark. Dress for 1957.” When Mandy joins an online dating service, she keeps her expectations low. All she wants is a distraction from the drudgery of single parenthood and full-time work. But...

A Gate at the Stairs

A Gate at the Stairs
  • Author(s): Lorrie Moore
  • Location(s): Troy, Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
  • Era(s): Early 21st Century

With America quietly gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, a ‘half-Jewish’ farmer’s daughter from the plains of the Midwest, has come to university – escaping her provincial home to encounter the complex world of...

A Perfect Stranger

A Perfect Stranger
  • Author(s): Jaden Skye
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Nestled among trees and hills, set alongside a winding river, the small town of Tom’s River, Wisconsin, so beautiful and protected, is a place where everybody knows each other, a place where nothing ever changes and where people can...

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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