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The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things
  • Author(s): Arundhati Roy
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

This is the story of Rahel and Estha, twins growing up among the banana vats and peppercorns of their blind grandmother’s factory, and amid scenes of political turbulence in Kerala. Armed only with the innocence of youth, they fashion...

The Last Hangman

The Last Hangman
  • Author(s): Shashi Warrier
  • Location(s): Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Travancore (until 1947)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

In the heat and the dust of the Indian south, the last hangman of the former princely state of Travancore commits his life to paper. In seven notebooks he remembers the people he has killed, calmly recalling the final...

Om Shanti, Babe

Om Shanti, Babe
  • Author(s): Helen Limon
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Young Adult
  • Era(s): Modern

Cassia can’t wait for her first visit to India – Bollywood glamour, new friends to admire her uber-cool street-dance moves…. But as she steps into real Indian life, NOTHING is as she expected… Cass is with her mum in...

A Mystery at Lili Villa

A Mystery at Lili Villa
  • Author(s): Arathi Menon, Shruti Prabhu (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

Cousins Arj, Tam, and Mira are spending their summer vacation in Elathoor, a little village in Kerala when their family home, Lili Villa, is broken into and some jewelry is stolen. The Terrific Three set out to solve the...

A Preface to Man

A Preface to Man
  • Author(s): Subash Chandran
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1900 - early 2000s

After years of squandering his creativity, working for a toy company that makes drum-playing monkeys, Jithendran dies rather abruptly, leaving behind some notes on a novel that he had dreamt of writing in his youth. As his wife Ann...

Inga

Inga
  • Author(s): Poile Sengupta
  • Location(s): Delhi, Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

If anyone could transform laughter to light, she did, Inga. Radiance upon radiance of laughter,chime upon bell chime of light sparkled and shone everywhere. It was as if the sky showered tiny star grains that scattered, glinting, on the...

Kurinji Flowers

Kurinji Flowers
  • Author(s): Clare Flynn
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s and 40s

An emotional love story set in the last days of colonial India After an abusive relationship with a predatory older man, debutante Ginny Dunbar is publicly disgraced when her artist lover exhibits a nude painting of her in a...

My Life in 37 Therapies

My Life in 37 Therapies
  • Author(s): Kay Hutchison
  • Location(s): Egypt, Europe, Kerala, Philadelphia
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Present Day

Kay Hutchison had it all – the high-flying media career, a loving husband, the 5 star lifestyle but one day she realised she was empty and unhappy. Holidaying on the French Riviera she finally understood the things she had...

Of Serpent Born

Of Serpent Born
  • Author(s): Jacqueline Zacharias
  • Location(s): York, Kerala
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): N/A

Anitha has just turned sixteen. She is intelligent and studious, but she feels like a misfit amongst her peers at school and in her own extended family. Having lost her father tragically when she was a baby, she still...

The Bureau of Second Chances

The Bureau of Second Chances
  • Author(s): Sheena Kalayil
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 21st Century

Is going back the only way to start again? After more than thirty years in London, recently-widowed Thomas Imbalil returns to India. He spends his first months in uncluttered isolation in his house overlooking the Arabian Sea, in a...

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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