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The Pink Hotel

The Pink Hotel
  • Author(s): Anna Stothard
  • Location(s): Los Angeles, Venice Beach (LA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A seventeen-year-old London girl flies to Los Angeles for the funeral of her mother Lily, from whom she had been separated in her childhood. After stealing a suitcase of letters, clothes and photographs from her mum’s bedroom at the...

A Dead Husband

A Dead Husband
  • Author(s): Anna Celeste Burke, Anna Nicholas
  • Location(s): Palm Springs
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Jessica Huntington, rich, beautiful, and smart, seeks refuge from betrayal in a desert paradise near Palm Springs only to discover life is full of surprises…like a dead husband. Jessica Huntington is hiding out from her own well-planned life, now...

Autobiography of Us

Autobiography of Us
  • Author(s): Aria Beth Sloss
  • Location(s): California, New York City (NYC), Pasadena
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s and modern

Coming of age in early 1960s suburban California, Rebecca Madden and her beautiful, reckless best friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers’ narrow expectations. As teenagers they are inseparable. But then, one sweltering evening the summer before their...

Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins
  • Author(s): Jess Walter
  • Location(s): Italy, Los Angeles, United Kingdom
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s and 2000s

The story begins on the Italian coast in 1962. A young innkeeper watches in disbelief as a beautiful American girl gets out of a boat and climbs towards his hotel. She turns out to be an actress, on the...

Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Hunter
  • Location(s): San Diego
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Dead women are showing up in the desert east of San Diego, and no one understands why. When the story comes to the attention of reporter Natalie Ellis, she can’t help but make comparisons to the tragic deaths she’d...

Bright Shiny Morning

Bright Shiny Morning
  • Author(s): James Frey
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Welcome to LA. City of contradictions. It is home to movie stars and down-and-outs. Palm-lined beaches and gridlock. Shopping sprees and gun sprees. Bright Shiny Morning takes a wild ride through the ultimate metropolis, where glittering excess rubs shoulders...

California Dreamers

California Dreamers
  • Author(s): Belinda Jones
  • Location(s): California, San Simeon
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Ever wished you could make-over your life? Make-up artist Stella is an expert at helping other people change their images, but when it comes to transforming herself, she doesn’t even know where to start. So when her new friend,...

Daisy

Daisy
  • Author(s): J P Henderson
  • Location(s): London, California
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

MEET DAISY. A PICTURE OF GRACE AND DIGNITY. MEET HEROD. A… DISAPPOINTMENT. Written in his own words, and guided by a man who collects glasses in a local pub, this is the story of Herod ‘Rod’ Pinkney’s search for...

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Little
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 21st Century

‘As soon as they processed my release Noah and I hit the ground running. A change of clothes. A wig. An inconspicuous sedan. We doubled back once, twice, then drove south when we were really headed east. In San...

Drive

Drive
  • Author(s): James Sallis
  • Location(s): Arizona, Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Set mostly in Arizona and L.A., Drive is about a man who does stunt driving for movies by day and drives for criminals at night. Sallis combines murder, treachery and payback in a sinister plot with resonances of 1940s...

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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