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Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan’s Lost Places of Leisure

Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan’s Lost Places of Leisure
  • Author(s): David Freeland
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): Various

From the lights that never go out on Broadway to its 24-hour subway system, New York City isn’t called “the city that never sleeps” for nothing. Both native New Yorkers and tourists have played hard in Gotham for centuries,...

Bamboo and Blood

Bamboo and Blood
  • Author(s): James Church
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), North Korea, Switzerland
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 1997

It is 1997 and North Korea is in the grip of a terrible famine. When the wife of a North Korean diplomat in Pakistan dies under suspicious circumstances, O is told to investigate, with a curious provison: Don’t look...

Black Chalk

Black Chalk
  • Author(s): Christopher J Yates
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), Oxford
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

A compulsively readable psychological thriller set in New York and at Oxford University, in which a group of six students play an elaborate game of dares and consequences, with tragic results One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was...

Black Maps

Black Maps
  • Author(s): Peter Spiegelman
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Years after the personal tragedy that scarred his life, Private Investigator John March lives a twilight existence in Manhattan. He is tough and ruthlessly efficient in his professional life, yet introspective and vulnerable when it comes to his relationships...

Blood Count

Blood Count
  • Author(s): Reggie Nadelson
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

In New York’s Harlem, every street is steeped in history, and the music of jazz legends plays in the memories of its residents. Artie Cohen could feel at home here – if he wasn’t on the trail of a...

Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City
  • Author(s): Jay McInerney
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn. With nothing but goodwill,...

Bright, Precious Days

Bright, Precious Days
  • Author(s): Jay McInerney
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2008

Russell and Corrine Calloway have spent half their lives in the bright lights of New York. Theirs is the generation that flew too close to the sun on wings of cocaine – and whose lives changed irrevocably when planes...

Bronx Bound

Bronx Bound
  • Author(s): John Roche
  • Location(s): The Bronx
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1988

The year is 1988 and reporter Matt Brady of The Bronx Ledger is trying hard to get out of both his native borough and the dead-end job he’s stuck in, writing for a weekly newspaper. When he’s sent to...

Bronx Noir

Bronx Noir
  • Author(s): S J Rozan
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

An anthology of “noir” short stories, by different authors under the editorship of S J Rozan. Mystery, crime…they all feature in the underbelly of a few short blocks.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn
  • Author(s): Colm Tóibín
  • Location(s): Brooklyn, Enniscorthy
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn is a devastating story of love, loss and one woman’s terrible choice between duty and personal freedom. It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities...

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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