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The Book of Rosy

The Book of Rosy
  • Author(s): Rosayra Pablo Cruz
  • Location(s): Mexico, Arizona
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family. When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States...

The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb

The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb
  • Author(s): Cathy Ace
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Criminologist and foodie Cait Morgan was looking forward to her dream vacation in Mexico with her boyfriend Bud Anderson. She wasn’t anticipating a fresh corpse on the floor of a local florist’s shop, and she definitely wasn’t expecting Bud...

The Crossing

The Crossing
  • Author(s): Cormac McCarthy
  • Location(s): Mexico, Texas
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s/1940s

The Crossing forms second part of Cormac McCarthy’s critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, that began with All the Pretty Horses and concludes with The Cities of the Plain. Set on the south-western ranches in the years before the Second World...

The Death of Artemio Cruz

The Death of Artemio Cruz
  • Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

As the novel opens, Artemio Cruz, the all-powerful newspaper magnate and land baron, lies confined to his bed and, in dreamlike flashes, recalls the pivotal episodes of his life. Carlos Fuentes manipulates the ensuing kaleidoscope of images with dazzling...

The Happy Hammock

The Happy Hammock
  • Author(s): Kathrin Lake
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Comedy, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Kathrin, a foodie writer stuck in a corporate job, bonds with John through a mutual hatred of the cold. They discover paradise in a small town in Mexico and after three days naively buy a house there… or did...

The Hot Country

The Hot Country
  • Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1910s

April 1914 and war correspondent Christopher Marlowe Kit Cobb arrives in Vera Cruz, Mexico, to cover the country’s civil war. A passionate believer in the power of a free press, Kit is no mere observer. He assumes a false...

The Labyrinth of Solitude

The Labyrinth of Solitude
  • Author(s): Octavio Paz
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Octavio Paz has long been acknowledged as Mexico’s foremost writer and critic. In this international classic, Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character, and culture. Compared to...

The Murmur of Bees

The Murmur of Bees
  • Author(s): Sofía Segovia
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

From the day that old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican town forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff...

The Power and the Glory

The Power and the Glory
  • Author(s): Graham Greene
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the ‘whisky priest’, is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and...

The Story of My Teeth

The Story of My Teeth
  • Author(s): Valeria Luiselli
  • Location(s): Mexico City
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

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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