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The Balkan Route

The Balkan Route
  • Author(s): Cal Smyth
  • Location(s): Belgrade
  • Genre(s): Noir, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

After a businessman is brutally murdered in Belgrade, Inspector Marko Despotović digs into the web of corruption that connects the police, politicians, drug dealers and spiritual healers as they battle over the lucrative Balkan heroin route. Can Marko navigate...

The Woman with a Bullet in Her Leg

The Woman with a Bullet in Her Leg
  • Author(s): Cal Smyth
  • Location(s): Austria, Belgrade
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 90s - present day

In the aftermath of the Balkan wars, Belgrade is a dangerous place. In a city numbed by the horrors of war, soldiers turned gangsters rule the criminal underworld through fear and unrelenting violence. For those living between the cracks,...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

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

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021