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A Bad Character

A Bad Character
  • Author(s): Deepti Kapoor
  • Location(s): Delhi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

My boyfriend died when I was twenty-one. His body was left lying broken in the highway out of Delhi while the sun rose in the desert to the east. I wasn’t there, I never saw it. But plenty of...

A House called Askival

A House called Askival
  • Author(s): Merryn Glover
  • Location(s): Mussoorie
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Partition to modern

James Connor is a man who, burdened with guilt following a tragic event in his youth, has dedicated his life to serving India. Ruth Connor is his estranged daughter who, as a teenager, always knew she came second to...

A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home
  • Author(s): Saroo Brierley
  • Location(s): Tasmania, India, Melbourne
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 20th/Early 21st Century

As a five-year old in India, I got lost on a train. Twenty-five years later, I crossed the world to find my way back home. Five-year-old Saroo lived in a poor village in India, in a one-room hut with...

A Sister’s Promise

A Sister’s Promise
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Udupi, London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Two sisters. Bound by blood. Torn apart by love. My sister – the glue that held our family together and the gatekeeper to the memories of our shared childhood. The girl I made a pact with – to protect...

An Unrestored Woman

An Unrestored Woman
  • Author(s): Shobha Rao
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Post 1947

In An Unrestored Woman, the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 cuts a jagged path through the lives of ordinary women and men, leaving ripples of sorrow through time and space. Each couplet of stories spans the Indian subcontinent,...

Are You Experienced?

Are You Experienced?
  • Author(s): William Sutcliffe
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Turn of 21st Century

For anyone with the slightest curiosity about travelling, or even if you’ve been, William Sutcliffe’s tremendously funny Are You Experienced? will have you in stitches. The protagonist is Dave, a 19-year-old Londoner on a gap year before starting university....

Bad Day at the Vulture Club

Bad Day at the Vulture Club
  • Author(s): Vaseem Khan
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When a Parsi heiress approaches Inspector Chopra about her father’s death that the police dismissed as a random killing, Chopra feels uneasy at first at entering the world of power and privilege but is soon plagued by doubts about...

Before the Rains

Before the Rains
  • Author(s): Dinah Jefferies
  • Location(s): Rajasthan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for...

Belonging

Belonging
  • Author(s): Umi Sinha
  • Location(s): India, Sussex
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 19th Century to early 1920s

Lila Langdon is twelve years old when she witnesses a family tragedy after her mother unveils her father’s surprise birthday present – a tragedy that ends her childhood in India and precipitates a new life in Sussex with her...

Calcutta: Two Years in the City

Calcutta: Two Years in the City
  • Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2009-2011

In 1999, Amit Chaudhuri moved back to Calcutta, the city in which he was born. It was a place he had loved in his youth and the place he had made his name writing about. But upon his return...

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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