TripFiction Sense of Place

The website TripFiction just keeps getting better and better with its mix of fiction reviews that marries books to their location around the world.

Today the site’s announcing a new venture too, its Sense of Place creative writing contest. In a nutshell…

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.

I’m delighted to be one of the judges. And if you sign up to take part you’ll receive three essays from your truly offering some insight into the tips I’ve picked up about writing location in Rome, Venice, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, among a few other places, over the years.

There’s money to be won and you have until November 15th to submit your entry. So start writing…