Trip Fiction Sense of Place

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The TripFiction ‘Sense of Place’ Creative Writing Competition

This autumn, as the world finally takes its first tentative steps into a post pandemic world, we invite adventurous writers to create new stories. Ideas that transport people to a place where imaginations can escape from the claustrophobia of locked down lives and restricted travel. Welcome to the TripFiction ‘Sense of Place’ Creative Writing Competition.

There are very few rules and guidelines: we want to encourage creative adventure and freedom. It might be a fully formed short story, a travelogue or a more personal memoir. It might be set in Shetland, Shanghai, Shoeburyness or Shaker Heights, Ohio. It might be rooted in history, love, humour, romance, crime or food. It’s entirely up to you.

But the one thing your entry must include is a strong sense of place: the destination at the heart of your story will be as important a character as the protagonists and the plot.

The maximum word count is 3,000, minimum 750. All rules and guidelines for this TripFiction ‘Sense of Place’ creative writing competition are set out below, including the closing date for submissions.

The judging panel will include author and journalist David Hewson, publisher Katharina Bielenberg from MacLehose Press, and TripFiction’s co-founder Tina Hartas, (whose inspiration to merge books and travel so successfully came from a rooftop swimming pool in Bangkok).

The winner will receive a cash prize of £300 / US$400, second £150 / US$200 and third £50 / US$67. David will also critique the winning entry.

The winning entries will be published on the TripFiction website and promoted on our social media channels. And who knows who else in the publishing industry might be interested in you and your story with a strong sense of place…

For some extra inspiration, David Hewson will share the following writing tips with all entrants.

Picking your Place

Picking your People

 ‘Do’s a Don’ts’ (of location writing)

These articles will be forwarded to you upon entry.

Author, Linda Lappin, has also written a piece for us describing the inspiration for her book The Soul of Place examining the significance of involving location in your written work. To see the piece, please click here.

Before you enter you must be a member of TripFiction (it’s free!). Click here to register.

The entry fee is £5 / US$7 (and you can pay in most major curr

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