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Igboland

Igboland
  • Author(s): Jeff Gardiner
  • Location(s): Nigeria
  • Genre(s): Romance
  • Era(s): 1960s

A NEW LIFE THOUSANDS OF MILES FROM HOME Lydia and Clem Davie arrive in an Igbo village in Nigeria in July 1967 just as civil war breaks out, but Lydia has trouble adjusting to life in West Africa: a...

Lagoon

Lagoon
  • Author(s): Nnedi Okorafor
  • Location(s): Lagos
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Science Fiction/Future
  • Era(s): Modern

After word gets out on the Internet that aliens have landed in the waters outside of the world’s fifth most populous city, chaos ensues. Soon the military, religious leaders, thieves, and crackpots are trying to control the message on...

Tiny Sunbirds Far Away

Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
  • Author(s): Christie Watson
  • Location(s): Lagos, Warri
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Blessing (12) and her brother Ezekiel (14) find their comfortable lives in Lagos change immensely when their parents separate. They move to near Warri, their Mother’s village. This is the story of the small family adapting to a different...

Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Author(s): Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Location(s): Nigeria
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

The story of Biafra’s struggle to establish an independent nation. Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece. Now a major film starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, due for...

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria
  • Author(s): Noo Saro-Wiwa
  • Location(s): Nigeria
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to Nigeria – a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts and sense of individuality....

The Fishermen

The Fishermen
  • Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
  • Location(s): Nigeria
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Man Book Shortlisted 2015 Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria. When their father has to travel to a...

A Different Sun

A Different Sun
  • Author(s): Elaine Neil Orr
  • Location(s): Nigeria, West Africa
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1800s and Modern

When Emma Davis reads the words of Isaiah 6:8 in her room at a Georgia women’s college, she understands her true calling: to become a missionary. It is a leap of faith that sweeps her away to Africa in...

Americanah

Americanah
  • Author(s): Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Location(s): London, Nigeria, North America
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

From the award-winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ a powerful story of love, race and identity. As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the...

Daughters who walk this path

Daughters who walk this path
  • Author(s): Yejide Kilanko
  • Location(s): Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Morayo moves from an idyllic childhood to a harrowing adolescence marked by a shameful secret. She lives in the bosom of a typical family. But troubled cousein, Bros T, moves in and shatters the family dynamic. Each chapter starts...

My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer
  • Author(s): Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • Location(s): Nigeria
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in,...

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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