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Next Year in Havana

Next Year in Havana
  • Author(s): Chanel Cleeton
  • Location(s): Cuba (Republic of), Havana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1958 onwards

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest – until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate...

If The Dead Rise Not

If The Dead Rise Not
  • Author(s): Philip Kerr
  • Location(s): Berlin, Havana
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 1930s to 1950s

Berlin 1934. The Nazis have been in power for just eighteen months but already Germany has seen some frightening changes. As the city prepares to host the 1936 Olympics, Jews are being expelled from all German sporting organisations –...

The Other Side of Paradise

The Other Side of Paradise
  • Author(s): Julia Cooke
  • Location(s): Cuba (Republic of)
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 2000s

Change looms in Havana, Cuba’s capital, a city electric with uncertainty yet cloaked in cliche, 90 miles from U.S. shores and off-limits to most Americans. Journalist Julia Cooke, who lived there at intervals over a period of five years,...

Mrs Hemingway

Mrs Hemingway
  • Author(s): Naomi Wood
  • Location(s): Antibes, Cuba (Republic of), World
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1920s-1960s

In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge and drink gin. But wherever they go they are...

Breathe: Stories from Cuba

Breathe: Stories from Cuba
  • Author(s): Leila Segal
  • Location(s): Cuba (Republic of)
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Early 2000s

Breathe is a collection that explores the heart of Fidel Castro-era Cuba; an outsider’s look that is balanced by a weight of empathy to illuminate truths that lie couched between the island’s propaganda and the Western media’s portrayal. Characters...

Slow Train to Guantanamo

Slow Train to Guantanamo
  • Author(s): Peter Millar
  • Location(s): Cuba (Republic of)
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

It is an island more than 1000 kilometres long and was the sixth in the world (before its colonial master Spain) to have a national rail network. Cuba today feels like a nation at the end of a long,...

A Vineyard in Andalusia

A Vineyard in Andalusia
  • Author(s): María Dueñas
  • Location(s): Jerez, Cuba (Republic of), Mexico City
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1860s

1861. A ruined silver-mine owner sets sail from Mexico City to seek his fortune in the New World. Mauro Larrera has just four months to pay his creditors, or his bankruptcy will be revealed and his family’s honour will...

Cuba and the Night

Cuba and the Night
  • Author(s): Pico Iyer
  • Location(s): Havana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

This is the love story between an international photojournalist and a young Cuban woman, as seen through the photographer’s eyes, the complexities of a relationship in the broadest sense, and life in Cuba.

Death under the Perseids (A Havana Mystery Book 4)

Death under the Perseids (A Havana Mystery Book 4)
  • Author(s): Teresa Dovalpage
  • Location(s): Havana
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

There’s no such thing as a free cruise in Cuban American author Teresa Dovalpage’s addictively clever new Havana mystery. Cuban-born Mercedes Spivey and her American husband, Nolan, win a five-day cruise to Cuba. Although the circumstances surrounding the prize...

Dreaming in Cuban

Dreaming in Cuban
  • Author(s): Cristina Garcia
  • Location(s): Cuba (Republic of)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s-1980s

Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980....

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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