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The Starlings of Bucharest

The Starlings of Bucharest
  • Author(s): Sarah Armstrong
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Spy
  • Era(s): 1970s

(The Moscow Wolves Series Book 2) The threats people hold over us are most often imagined. We even create them for ourselves. Ted moves to London to become a journalist but quickly slides into debt. Things look up when...

The Mercenary

The Mercenary
  • Author(s): Paul Vidich
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Spy, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1980s

From acclaimed spy novelist Paul Vidich comes a taut new thriller following the attempted exfiltration of a KGB officer from the ever-changing—and always dangerous—USSR in the mid-1980s. Moscow, 1985. The Soviet Union and its communist regime are in the...

Beyond the Funeral

Beyond the Funeral
  • Author(s): Peter Marshall
  • Location(s): Portsmouth, Canada, Mexico, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

As the red rose drifted away in the sea with the ashes, it was not the end of the story. It was the start of a new spy thriller – “Beyond the Funeral” – a fast-moving story in which...

Moskva

Moskva
  • Author(s): Jack Grimwood
  • Location(s): Russia, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1980s

‘Peppered with memorable characters, carved with precision, … highly recommended’ Shots Magazine ‘Given that the definitive thriller in 1980’s Moscow already exists (Gorky Park), Moskva looks like a crazy gamble. But it’s one that comes off’ Sunday Times ‘A...

The Day Watch

The Day Watch
  • Author(s): Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Paranormal
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are The Others. Possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy world that exists in parallel to our own, each owes allegiance either...

The Night Watch

The Night Watch
  • Author(s): Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Paranormal
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are the Others. Possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy parallel world existing in parallel to our own, each Other owes allegiance...

In the First Circle

In the First Circle
  • Author(s): Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1949

Moscow, Christmas Eve, 1949.The Soviet secret police intercept a call made to the American embassy by a Russian diplomat who promises to deliver secrets about the nascent Soviet Atomic Bomb program. On that same day, a brilliant mathematician is...

The Archivist’s Story

The Archivist’s Story
  • Author(s): Travis Holland
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1939

Moscow, 1939. In the recesses of the infamous Lubyanka prison, a young archivist is sent to authenticate an unsigned story confiscated from one of the many political prisoners there. The writer is Isaac Babel. The great author of Red...

Salt the Snow

Salt the Snow
  • Author(s): Carrie Callaghan
  • Location(s): Spain, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

American journalist Milly Bennett has covered murders in San Francisco, fires in Hawaii, and a civil war in China, but 1930s Moscow presents her greatest challenge yet. When her young Russian husband is suddenly arrested by the secret police,...

Stalin’s Ghost

Stalin’s Ghost
  • Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor’s office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro...

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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