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From a Persian Tea House

From a Persian Tea House
  • Author(s): Michael Carroll
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1950s

Drawn to the exoticism and mystery of names on a map of Iran – Isfahan, Shiraz, Meshed, Kerman, Khorassan – Michael Carroll embarked on a journey that took him through the heart of the country from the Taurus mountains...

Iran Awakening

Iran Awakening
  • Author(s): Shirin Ebadi
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1979 onwards

The book is essentially a memoir of Shirin Ebadi’s life from the time she enters Tehran University and graduates as the top Law student up to when she she was representing the reporter Akbar Ganji as his lawyer.

Not without my Daughter

Not without my Daughter
  • Author(s): Betty Mahmoody
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century

Betty Mahmoody and her husband, Dr Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody (‘Moody’), came to Iran from the USA to meet Moody’s family. With them was their four-year-old daughter, Mahtob. Appalled by the squalor of their living conditions, horrified by what she...

A Dangerous Element

A Dangerous Element
  • Author(s): Gregory S Lamb
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

“A Dangerous Element” is based heavily on events you’ll be surprised to see in the news. It will take you past the Iranian borders into their nuclear weapons development and uncover a top-secret weapon developed by DARPA – through...

Ali and Nino: A Love Story

Ali and Nino: A Love Story
  • Author(s): Kurban Said
  • Location(s): Azerbaijan, Georgia (GE), Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Russian Revolution (1917-18)

Ali Khan is an Islamic boy from Azerbaijan with his ancestors’ passion for the desert and warrior legends, but his lover Nino, a beautiful Christian girl from Georgia, is the child with a more European sensibility. Close to one...

An Ottoman Traveller

An Ottoman Traveller
  • Author(s): Evliya Çelebi
  • Location(s): Iran, Istanbul (Constantinople), Ottoman Empire, Vienna
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 17th century

Evliya Celebi was the Pepys of the Ottoman world—a diligent, adventurous and honest recorder with a puckish wit and humour. He is in the pantheon of the great travel-writers of the world, though virtually unknown to western readers. This...

Anahita’s Woven Riddle

Anahita’s Woven Riddle
  • Author(s): Meghan Nuttall Sayres
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): early 20th century

Growing up as part of a Muslim nomadic tribe in Iran one hundred years ago, Anahita has always been headstrong and independent. When her parents try to make a marriage match between her and her tribe’s khan (a type...

Appointment in Tehran

Appointment in Tehran
  • Author(s): James Stejskal
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When radical Iranian students seize the U.S. Embassy compound in Tehran and take over fifty diplomats hostage the U.S. President has to negotiate with a government that wants only to humiliate the United States. When talks fail, the President...

Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
  • Author(s): Antonio J. Méndez
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1979

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there is a little-known drama connected to...

Censoring an Iranian Love Story

Censoring an Iranian Love Story
  • Author(s): Shahriar Mandanipour
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): late 29th century

Truly original, CENSORING AN IRANIAN LOVE STORY is an incredibly imaginative yet always charming love story set in contemporary Iran that crackles with wit, verve and social comment: Sara falls in love with Dara through secret messages hidden 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