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The Pavilion in the Clouds

The Pavilion in the Clouds
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1938

It is 1938 and the final days of the British Empire. In a bungalow high up in the green hills above the plains of Ceylon, under a vast blue sky, live the Ferguson family: Bella, a precocious eight-year-old, her...

A Passage North

A Passage North
  • Author(s): Anuk Arudpragasam
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother’s former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall....

The Boy Who Met a Whale

The Boy Who Met a Whale
  • Author(s): Nizrana Farook
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

From the author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant comes another brilliant escapade for 9+ readers! A thrilling adventure set in fictional Sri Lanka, jam-packed with peril and kidnap and a huge blue whale! Razi, a local fisherboy,...

A Maiden’s Prayer: A Family Story Set in 1970s Sri Lanka

A Maiden’s Prayer: A Family Story Set in 1970s Sri Lanka
  • Author(s): Srianthi Perera
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

Set in the Southeast Asian tropics of Sri Lanka, the story centers on an extended family trying to marry off a reluctant male relative. Berty Rajakaruna, a Jane Austenian-type of bachelor, is trying to figure out whether marriage is...

High Wire in Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #9)

High Wire in Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #9)
  • Author(s): Harriet Steel
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s

Much to the delight of the locals, a colourful Russian circus rolls into Nuala, but the fun ends abruptly when, on the opening night, a tragic accident takes place. Shanti de Silva and his wife, Jane are among the...

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant
  • Author(s): Nizrana Farook
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen’s jewels be the beginning or the end...

Passage from Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #6)

Passage from Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #6)
  • Author(s): Harriet Steel
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1930s

Inspector de Silva and Jane embark on a cruise to Egypt to visit the pyramids, excited at the prospect of two weeks of sun, sea and relaxation. With Nuala, and de Silva’s duties as a police officer, far behind...

Taken in Nuala

Taken in Nuala
  • Author(s): Harriet Steel
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1930s

No, 8 in the Inspector de Silva mystery series set in 1930s CEYLON When an American millionaire and his glamorous daughter visit Nuala, the splendour they bring to the town’s high society is soon tragically tarnished by a vicious...

Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka’s Hidden War

Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka’s Hidden War
  • Author(s): Frances Harrison
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 2009

The tropical island of Sri Lanka is a paradise for tourists, but in 2009 it became a hell for its Tamil minority, as decades of civil war between the Tamil Tiger guerrillas and the government reached its bloody climax....

Growing: Seven Years in Ceylon

Growing: Seven Years in Ceylon
  • Author(s): Leonard Woolf
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1904 - 1911

Growing is a portrait of a young man sent straight out from university to help govern Ceylon. It is doubtful that any Empire at any time has been served by such an intelligent, dutiful, hardworking and incorruptible civil servant...

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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