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The Girl with a Brave Heart

The Girl with a Brave Heart
  • Author(s): Rita Jahanforuz, Vali Mintzi (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

Young Shiraz lives a lonely life with her stepmother and stepsister, completely unaware of the old woman who lives alone next door…until Shiraz’s runaway yarn ball brings them face-to-face. This beautiful story from Tehran-born Israeli pop star Rita Jahanforuz...

Appointment in Tehran

Appointment in Tehran
  • Author(s): James Stejskal
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When radical Iranian students seize the U.S. Embassy compound in Tehran and take over fifty diplomats hostage the U.S. President has to negotiate with a government that wants only to humiliate the United States. When talks fail, the President...

Ceremony of Innocence

Ceremony of Innocence
  • Author(s): Madeleine Bunting
  • Location(s): Iran, Bahrain, England
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 1960s onwards

A Cambridge PhD student called Reem has gone missing in Egypt. Those close to her fear that her investigation into her family’s history in the Gulf has put her in danger. The trail leads back to Tehran in 1969,...

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Darius the Great Is Not Okay
  • Author(s): Adib Khorram
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian – half, his mum’s side – and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his...

The Immortals of Tehran

The Immortals of Tehran
  • Author(s): Ali Araghi
  • Location(s): Iran, Tehran
  • Genre(s): Magical Realism, Poetry
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The Torkashvand family reveres their seemingly immortal patriarch, Agha, the trunk of their widely branching, family tree. When we come to the story, Agha is so old that he spends his days sitting in the family orchard, drinking tea...

The Book of Tehran (Reading the City)

The Book of Tehran (Reading the City)
  • Author(s): Fereshteh Ahmadi (Author
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

A city of stories short, fragmented, amorphous, and at times contradictory Tehran is an impossible tale to tell. For the capital city of one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East, its literary output is rarely acknowledged...

The Phoenix of Persia

The Phoenix of Persia
  • Author(s): Sally Pomme Clayton, Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

In a bustling marketplace in Iran, a traditional storyteller regales her audience with the tale of Prince Zal and the Simorgh. High up on the Mountain of Gems lives the Simorgh, a wise phoenix whose flapping wings disperse the...

In the Palace of Flowers

In the Palace of Flowers
  • Author(s): Victoria Princewill
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Later 19th Century

Set in Iran at the end of the 19th Century ―in the Persian royal court of the Qajars―, In The Palace of Flowers is an atmospheric historical novel about Jamila, an Abyssinian slave who stands at the funeral of...

I’ll Be Strong For You

I’ll Be Strong For You
  • Author(s): Nasim Marashi, Poupeh Missaghi (translator)
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, In Translation
  • Era(s): Contemporary

This award-winning debut novel by Iranian journalist Nasim Marashi follows the lives of three young women in Tehran over the course of two seasons as they pursue their wildly different dreams even as they discover that it may mean...

Night in Tehran

Night in Tehran
  • Author(s): Philip Kaplan
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Late 1970s

Based on historic events, and frighteningly relevant to today’s headlines — a taut, Year of Living Dangerously-style thriller set in Tehran in the days leading up to the Iranian Revolution. In the style of Alan Furst, this suspenseful thriller...

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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