Competition deadline: 15th November 2020
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 currencies). Click here to be taken to the entry form.
Terms and Conditions
The competition brief: tell us a story – by way of a short story, travelogue or memoir – where the sense of place, the destination, is as important a character as the protagonists and plot.
Language – English
Word count: maximum 3,000, minimum 750
Your competition entry must be original and previously unpublished (commercial or self published), and you must have full authorial rights over the submission.
Closing date for entries: midnight 15th November, 2020
The results will be announced on 13th December, 2020. The judges’ decision is final.
Entries must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit your entry as a Word document, without illustration or images of any kind. Include your name and the title of the entry in the email heading. Include a short personal biography (maximum 50 words) and a short summary of your entry (maximum 50 words) in the body of your email.
Entries must be in Times New Roman font, size 12, and spaced 1.5/2.0
The cost per entry is £5/US$7, and you must have signed up to become a member of TripFiction. It’s free! Join here.
By submitting an entry, you agree to allow TripFiction, our competition partners and TripFiction’s network of contacts to publish, link to, and promote your story. The copyright remains yours.
See here for further information and to enter.