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The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th Century

When Vavara, a young Polish orphan, arrives at the glittering, dangerous court of the Empress Elizabeth in St Petersburg, she is schooled in skills ranging from lock-picking to love-making, learning above all else to stay silent – and listen....

To Kill a Tsar

To Kill a Tsar
  • Author(s): Andrew Williams
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Era(s): 19th Century

This tense, gripping novel set in 19C St Petersburg amid desperate revolutionaries bent on the overthrow of the Tsar ‘confirms Andrew William’s place in the front ranks of English thriller writers’ (Daily Mail). Shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters...

To the Hermitage

To the Hermitage
  • Author(s): Malcolm Bradbury
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad), Stockholm
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1770s, 1990s

To The Hermitage is Sir Malcolm Bradbury’s first novel in nearly a decade, and its length and ambition provide some clue as to why it has been so long in the making. The novel begins with the arrival of...

Winter Garden

Winter Garden
  • Author(s): Kristin Hannah
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2001 looking back

The story opens in 2001, when sisters Nina, both in their 40s, are facing major life changes. Fact and fiction are interwoven into the story as they look back over their Father’s life in Russia

A Gentle Axe

A Gentle Axe
  • Author(s): R N Morris
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 19th Century

A great setting of 19th Century St Petersburg for this crime novel

Aetherial Worlds

Aetherial Worlds
  • Author(s): Tatyana Tolstaya
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): ariousV

Ordinary realities and yearnings to transcend them lead to miraculous other worlds in this dazzling collection of stories. A woman’s deceased father appears in her dreams with clues about the afterlife; a Russian professor in a small American town...

Angel on the Square

Angel on the Square
  • Author(s): Gloria Whelan
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1914

In the fall of 1914, safe behind palace walls, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a magical place. The daughter of a lady-in-waiting to the Empress, Katya spends all her time with the Grand Duchesses; the royal family feels...

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment
  • Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Crime
  • Era(s): early 19th century

Dostoyevsky’s great novel of damnation and redemption evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur. It tells the story of Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, who wanders through the slums of...

Devil’s Acre

Devil’s Acre
  • Author(s): Jonathan Bastable
  • Location(s): Moscow, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1812-1990s

Devil’s Acre is a novel about love, Russia and forbidden architecture. Moscow, 1982. The oppressive Soviet regime is solidly in place: Leonid Brezhnev is praised to the skies for the brilliance of his unreadable memoirs: and the KGB is...

Hunger

Hunger
  • Author(s): Elise Blackwell
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1941

When German troops surround Leningrad and cut off food supplies in the fall of 1941, no one imagines that the siege will last 900 long days and take hundreds of thousands of lives. As the first “hunger winter” sets...

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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