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2021 ‘Sense of Place’ Creative Writing Competition – the winners!

18th December 2021

2021 ‘Sense of Place’ Creative Writing Competition – the winners!

The judges – Victoria Hislop, Rosanna Ley, Katharina Bielenberg (publisher at MacLehose Press), and Tina Hartas (founder of TripFiction) – have completed their deliberations. They congratulate all entrants on the very high standard of manuscripts this year. From the hundreds of entries, they have selected the three prize winners. These stories were very strong on the location in which they were set and on the story itself. The quality of the writing was excellent too!

The three winners are set out below. Just click on a title to be taken through to the story itself.

First prize

‘October, 1940’ by Vicky Grut, set on the Trans Siberian Express

The story of a young, pregnant Swedish wife travelling back from Asia to Sweden while her husband heads off via Canada to sign up to fight for the British army in the war against Germany. She shares the compartment with a Swiss anti-nazi and a Russian couple. The story describes both her experiences on the train and what happens when she reaches Moscow. The story is a strong one, and also very evocative of the train carriage location and the countryside through which they travel.

Runner up prize

‘The Pigeon Wallah’ by Anita Goodfellow, set in Jaipur, India 

A man, the pigeon wallah of the title, is employed by a hotel in Jaipur to scare away the pigeons from an inner courtyard of the hotel. His daughter works as a gardener in the grounds of the hotel. She receives what for him is unwelcome attention from one of the guests. The intrigue builds as the story develops, and moves to a dramatic conclusion. The story is ingenious and the location of Jaipur comes through strongly, as we experience the colours and smells of this magic city.

Third Prize

‘The Violence of Snowflakes’ by Louise Mangos, set in Leysin, Switzerland

The story is set in the Swiss Alps as the first major snowstorm of the winter season blows through. The morning after the storm the weather is perfect and a recently arrived (but experienced) Brit heads up to the powder. Disaster strikes and is beautifully related. The story describes a very moving account of what follows. The Violence of Snowflakes succeeds both as a story and because of the amazing location of the Swiss Alps where circumstances can change so quickly.

Below is the Shortlist of 10, in no particular order, from which the final winners were selected, and the Longlist of 20 that was whittled down to the Shortlist

The Shortlist of Ten
Title Location Author
Acqua Alta Magic Venice Susan Iona Swan
Dancing in the Midnight Sun Arctic Ocean, North Pole Gayle Beveridge
October, 1940 Trans Siberian Express Vicky Grut
The Best Day Kolkata, West Bengal Diane Noble
The Jewel of Jaisalmer Jaisalmer, India Heléna Stakounis
The Lighthouse Keeper Ardnamuhan, Scotland Morag Gardiner
The Pigeon Wallah Jaipur, India Anita Goodfellow
The Red Lantern Morocco Leila Kozma
The Violence of Snow Flakes Leysin, Switzerland Louise Mangos
There are no Camels in Wincanton Mongolia Chris Bird

 

The Longlist of Twenty
Title Location Author
A Picture of Plaisance Gascony, France Heléna Stakounis
Acqua Alta Magic Venice Susan Iona Swan
City of Gold Jerusalem Raquel Trayce
Dancing in the Midnight Sun Arctic Ocean, North Pole Gayle Beveridge
Dark Holiday Venice Pauline Gittins
Hungry Ghosts Cambodia Lya Badgley
October, 1940 Trans Siberian Express Vicky Grut
Part of the Magic New Mexico Camilla Lorentzen
Poor Ugly Crow Barcelona Jupiter Jones
Remnant Australia Vicky Karitinos
The Best Day Kolkata, West Bengal Diane Noble
The Experiment Hyderabad, India Arun Jacob
The Jewel of Jaisalmer Jaisalmer, India Heléna Stakounis
The Lighthouse Keeper Ardnamuhan, Scotland Morag Gardiner
The Pigeon Wallah Jaipur, India Anita Goodfellow
The Red Lantern Morocco Leila Kozma
The Spiral and the Sticks Spinalonga, Greece Sophie Ellen Powell
The Violence of Snow Flakes Leysin, Switzerland Louise Mangos
There are no Camels in Wincanton Mongolia Chris Bird
This Hill Padstow, Cornwall Rebecca Hawkins

 

Our congratulations to all the winners and to all those who made it onto the Longlist or the Shortlist. Very well done!

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  1. User: Sally Jane Smith

    Posted on: 18/12/2021 at 9:50 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners and finalists. What an achievement!

    And thanks to TripFiction for providing this opportunity. Extra thanks for being so responsive to feedback that we’d love to see the longlist.

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