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The Girl in the Letter

The Girl in the Letter
  • Author(s): Emily Gunnis
  • Location(s): Sussex
  • Genre(s): Suspense, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s and modern

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved. 1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her...

The Vintage Teacup Club

The Vintage Teacup Club
  • Author(s): Vanessa Greene
  • Location(s): Sussex
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet and fall for the same vintage teaset. They decide to share it – and form a friendship that changes their lives . . . Jenny can’t wait...

33 Women

33 Women
  • Author(s): Isabel Ashdown
  • Location(s): Arundel
  • Genre(s): Psychological Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When sisters Celine and Pip get a call telling them their reclusive mother has died, the women are reunited at her riverside home in Arundel to pick up the pieces. But someone is missing – their middle sister, Vanessa,...

A Kind of Vanishing

A Kind of Vanishing
  • Author(s): Lesley Thomson
  • Location(s): Hammersmith, Tide Mills
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 1968 and 1999

Summer of 1968: on the same day that Robert Kennedy is shot, two nine-year old girls are playing hide and seek in the ruins of a deserted Sussex village. Alice has discovered a secret about Eleanor’s mother, and is...

A Shot in the Dark

A Shot in the Dark
  • Author(s): Lynne Truss
  • Location(s): Brighton
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

After the notorious ‘Middle Street Massacre’ of 1951, when the majority of Brighton’s criminals wiped one another out in a vicious battle as the local police force enjoyed a brief stop en route for an ice cream, Inspector Steine...

After the Party

After the Party
  • Author(s): Cressida Connolly
  • Location(s): Sussex, Isle of Man
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

‘I always wanted to be friends with both my sisters. Perhaps that was the source, really, of all the troubles of my life…’ It is the summer of 1938 and Phyllis Forrester has returned to England after years abroad....

All Change (Cazalet Chronicles 5)

All Change (Cazalet Chronicles 5)
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Location(s): Sussex
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

It is the 1950s and as the Duchy, the Cazalets’ beloved matriarch, dies, she takes with her the last remnants of a disappearing world – of houses with servants, of class and tradition – in which the Cazalets have...

An Amsterdam Affair

An Amsterdam Affair
  • Author(s): Amanda Addison
  • Location(s): Amsterdam, Brighton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk
  • Genre(s): Fiction

An Amsterdam Affair follows Sam and her idealistic teenaged son, Matty. Phil, Sam’s husband, is unemployed because of a short-lived affair that cost him his job as a geologist. Sam finds solace in wild swimming and making art in...

Arbitrage

Arbitrage
  • Author(s): Colette Kebell
  • Location(s): London, Brighton, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Suspense, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1980s to present

Ryan Logan thinks he has it all… A young attorney specialising in finance and tax law, Logan has earned an impressive reputation and commands a hefty fee for his services. But when he advises his corporate employers against a...

Before I Found You

Before I Found You
  • Author(s): Daisy White
  • Location(s): Brighton
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): 1960's

Do you love gripping mysteries? Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth. A child found alone on the beach, shouting into the waves. A mother who served ten years for a crime...

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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