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Shadow of the Silk Road

Shadow of the Silk Road

Author(s): Colin Thubron

Location(s): Central Asia, Iran, Turkey

Genre(s): Travelogue



Through northern China, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, then through Iran and into Turkey, Thubron travels away from the tourist trails, into the heartlands of the countries – the Gobi Desert, the lyrical descriptions of the mountain ranges…a 7,000 mile journey.

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Top Thrubron form. History, archaeology and mythology – everything – is interspersed with accounts of chanc encounters, simple meals en route, poverty and the life of a peasant. – Carl Beavon –

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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

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Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021