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The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers
  • Author(s): Patrick deWitt
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 19th Century

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. Across 1000 miles of Oregon desert his assassins, the notorious Eli and Charlies Sisters, ride – fighting, shooting, and drinking their way to Sacramento. But their prey isn’t an easy mark, the...

This is How it Really Sounds

This is How it Really Sounds
  • Author(s): Stuart Archer Cohen
  • Location(s): Alaska, California, Shanghai
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Ranging from the wicked noir Shanghai of 1946, to the echo chambers of Hollywood, to remote, snow-covered mountains, This Is How it Really Sounds follows three men, each in search of a different life. Small-town Alaskan “Harry” Harrington is...

Trinity

Trinity
  • Author(s): Nigel May
  • Location(s): London, Los Angeles, Venice
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

‘Move over Jackie Collins, there’s a new blockbuster star in town.’ New! Magazine ‘An addictive plot that is packed with twists and turns. Prepare for larger than life characters, fabulous locations and plenty of humour.’ The Sun When friends...

Undeniably You

Undeniably You
  • Author(s): Jewel E Ann
  • Location(s): Palo Alto
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

One crazy dog—one awkward vet—one naked pool guy—and one life-changing month in California to make friends, fall in love, and twist fate. Who gets paid to walk a dog and recline by the pool all day? Sydney Montgomery, aspiring...

Unlucky 13

Unlucky 13
  • Author(s): James Patterson
  • Location(s): California, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident. The scene is more gruesome than anything she has...

Valencia

Valencia
  • Author(s): Michelle Tea
  • Location(s): San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Valencia is the fast-paced account of one girl’s search for love and high times in the drama-filled dyke world of San Francisco’s Mission District. Michelle Tea records a year lived in a world of girls: there’s knife-wielding Marta, who...

Wild

Wild
  • Author(s): Cheryl Strayed
  • Location(s): California, Oregon, Washington State
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive...

Woman of Ill Fame

Woman of Ill Fame
  • Author(s): Erika Mailman
  • Location(s): San Francisco
  • Era(s): 1800s and Modern

Looking for a better life, prostitute Nora Simms arrives in Gold Rush San Francisco with a plan for success: to strike it rich by trading on her good looks. But when a string of murders claims several of her...

Monarch Beach

Monarch Beach
  • Author(s): Anita Hughes
  • Location(s): California, Monarch Beach, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Also known as The Beach Holiday. Amanda and Andre are married, but she catches him with his arm around his sous-chef and Amanda is now confronted with what her future might look like. She takes off for the beach...

The Deception Artist

The Deception Artist
  • Author(s): Fayette Fox
  • Location(s): California, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Who needs the truth? Eight-year-old Ivy has a vivid imagination and tells lies so that people will like her. With her brother, Brice, in hospital, life at home feels unsettled and things become even more strained after her father...

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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