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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...

Cold Sun

Cold Sun
  • Author(s): Anita Sivakumaran
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In the golden afternoon light, the young woman lies perfectly still, her dark hair fanning out behind her. She is dressed in a rose red sari, shot through with gold. Just like the others. The last time Detective Vijay...

A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India

A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India
  • Author(s): Meera Sriram, Mariona Cabassa (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

In this #OwnVoices book inspired by the author’s hometown of Chennai, India, a girl explores the vibrant rainbow of delights in a southern Indian street market as she searches for a gift for her amma (mother). Endnotes explain all...

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 Bridge Home

The Bridge Home
  • Author(s): Padma Viswanathan
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Padma Venkatraman’s stirring middle-grade debut. Life is harsh on the teeming streets of Chennai, India, so when runaway sisters Viji and Rukku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly,...

The Girl and the Tiger

The Girl and the Tiger
  • Author(s): Paul Rosolie
  • Location(s): Karnataka, Western Ghats
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Young Adult
  • Era(s): Modern

Isha is a girl who loves animals but struggles in the confines of school. When she is sent away to live with her grandparents on the Indian countryside, she discovers a sacred grove where a young Bengal tiger has...

The Mission House

The Mission House
  • Author(s): Carys Davies
  • Location(s): Ooty (Udagamandalam)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contempoary

Fleeing the dark undercurrents of contemporary life in Britain, Hilary Byrd takes refuge in Ooty, a hill station in South India. There he finds solace in life’s simple pleasures, travelling by rickshaw around the small town with his driver...

Sweetness and Light

Sweetness and Light
  • Author(s): Liam Pieper
  • Location(s): Tamil Nadu, Sydney
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Connor, an Australian expat with a brutal past, spends his time running low-stakes scams on tourists in a sleepy beachside town. Sasha, an American in search of spiritual guidance, heads to an isolated ashram in the hope of mending...

Tales of India: Folk Tales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu

Tales of India: Folk Tales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu
  • Author(s): Svabhu Kohli (illustrator), Viplov Singh (illustrator)
  • Location(s): Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

A shape-shifting tiger and a pretentious rat. A generous goddess and a powerful demon. A clever princess and a prince who returns from the dead. This collection of 16 traditional tales transports readers to the beguiling world of Indian...

The Coffer Dams

The Coffer Dams
  • Author(s): Kamala Markandaya
  • Location(s): South India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Clinton, founder and head of a firm of international engineers,arrives in India to build a dam, bringing with him his young wife, Helen, and a strong team of aides and skilled men. They are faced with a formidable challenge,...

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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