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Shanghai Girls

Shanghai Girls
  • Author(s): Lisa See
  • Location(s): China, Los Angeles, Shanghai
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s onwards

Shanghai, 1937. Pearl and May are two sisters from a bourgeois family. Though their personalities are very different – Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid – they are...

Sunset Express

Sunset Express
  • Author(s): Robert Crais
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

On his own turf in L.A., PI Elvis Cole is embroiled in a controversial, high-profile murder case. A wealthy restaurateur is accused of murdering his wife, and his hot-shot defence lawyer hires Cole to find proof that the detective...

Sweet Waters

Sweet Waters
  • Author(s): Julie Carobini
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Tara Sweet is a sensible young woman whose life is turned upside when her mother marries a younger man, and Tara’s boyfriend ends their relationship. Finding herself at Otter Bay, on the Californian coast she falls for a young...

Tales of the City

Tales of the City
  • Author(s): Armistead Maupin
  • Location(s): San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

San Francisco, 1976. A naïve young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, tawdry,...

The Accidental Connoiseur

The Accidental Connoiseur
  • Author(s): Lawrence Osborne
  • Location(s): California, France, Italy
  • Genre(s): Food and Drink, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

An irreverent journey through the wine world, indeed it is. Encompassing some historical detail, he visits several wineries and has some wry observations.

The Book of Dead Birds

The Book of Dead Birds
  • Author(s): Gayle Brandeis
  • Location(s): San Diego, The Salton Sea
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Hye-yang is a dutiful daughter in a Korean village where the women are ocean divers. But prostitution awaits her until an American takes her over to live in the States. Here she becomes Helen, and has a daughter –...

The Burning Room

The Burning Room
  • Author(s): Michael Connelly
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern (looking back to 1990s)

In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which...

The California Club

The California Club
  • Author(s): Belinda Jones
  • Location(s): Hollywood, San Diego, Yosemite
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

When Lara Richards jets off to glamorous California, the last thing she’s expecting is to find her old friend Helen transformed from a clipboard-clasping frump into a shimmering surf goddess. The secret of her blissful new life? The mysterious...

The Cat That Changed America

The Cat That Changed America
  • Author(s): Tony Lee Moral
  • Location(s): Los Angeles, Santa Monica Mountains
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Based on a true story with an imaginative retelling for young readers; P22 mountain lion is born in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains outside Los Angeles, California. But he is forced out of the mountains by Prime, a fierce...

The Death of Baseball

The Death of Baseball
  • Author(s): Orlando Ortega-Medina
  • Location(s): Tijuana, Jerusalem, Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1973; 1982

Former Little League champion Kimitake “Clyde” Koba finds strength in the belief that he is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe as he struggles to escape the ghost of his brother and his alcoholic father. Born on Yom Kippur, teen...

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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