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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...

A Madras Miasma

A Madras Miasma
  • Author(s): Brian Stoddart
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1920s

Madras in the 1920s. The British are slowly losing the grip on the subcontinent. The end of the colonial enterprise is in sight and the city on India’s east coast is teeming with intrigue. A grisly murder takes place...

The Illicit Happiness of Other People

The Illicit Happiness of Other People
  • Author(s): Manu Jospeh
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Seventeen-year-old Unni has done something terrible. The only clue to his actions lies in a comic strip he has drawn, which has fallen into the hands of his father Ousep – a nocturnal anarchist with a wife who is...

The Last Devadasi

The Last Devadasi
  • Author(s): Barbara L Baer
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1970s

Madras (Chennai) 1970s. Kamala Kumari, beautiful and proud, is a Gemini Studio starlet who cannot reveal her caste origins because of the stigma attached to the Devadasis, women who have been dedicated to temple gods and often were forced...

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...

The Pleasure Seekers

The Pleasure Seekers
  • Author(s): Tishani Doshi
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras), London
  • Era(s): 1960s onwards

August, 1968: Babo Patel arrives in London from Madras, with curly hair, jhill mill teeth and dreams of becoming a success. When he meets the beautiful, auburn-haired Siân Jones, he falls in love instantly. She, like him, is in...

The Tainted

The Tainted
  • Author(s): Cauvery Madhavan
  • Location(s): Tamil Nadu
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1922 to 1982

It’s spring 1920 in the small military town of Nandagiri in southeast India. Colonel Aylmer, commander of the Royal Irish Kildare Rangers, is in charge. A distance away, decently hidden from view, lies the native part of Nandagiri with...

The Gypsy Goddess

The Gypsy Goddess
  • Author(s): Meena Kandasamy
  • Location(s): Tamil Nadu
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Tamil Nadu, 1968. Village landlords rule over a feudal system that forces peasants to break their backs in the fields or suffer beatings as punishment. In the misery of their daily lives it is little wonder that the Communist...

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...

A Greater God

A Greater God
  • Author(s): Brian Stoddart
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras), Hyderabad, Telegana
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s India

Superintendent Chris Le Fanu returns from the Straits Settlements to find his Madras Indian Police Service colleagues struggling with an outbreak of Hindu-Muslim tension. This particularly affects his assistant, Muhammad Habibullah, who feels that Muslim interests are being ignored....

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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