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The Sultan’s Wife

The Sultan’s Wife
  • Author(s): Jane Johnson
  • Location(s): London, Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1677

The year is 1677. Behind the magnificent walls and towering arches of the Palace of Meknes, captive chieftain’s son and now a lowly scribe, Nus Nus is framed for murder. As he attempts to evade punishment for the bloody...

A Handful of Honey: Away to the Palm Groves of Morocco and Algeria

A Handful of Honey: Away to the Palm Groves of Morocco and Algeria
  • Author(s): Annie Hawes
  • Location(s): Algeria, Morocco
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

Travelling across Morocco and Algeria on a shoestring, this is the story of the people the author met on her travels – fascinating characters, quirky encounters all told with insight and humour

Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy
  • Author(s): India Knight
  • Location(s): London, Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2009-2011

It’s two days before Christmas and wife and mother of two, Clara Dunphy, has finally finished her last-minute shopping on Oxford Street. On a whim she decides to treat herself to a champagne cocktail at the Connaught hotel, where...

Horses of God

Horses of God
  • Author(s): Mahi Binebine
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

On the outskirts of Casablanca, next to the dump, is the shantytown of Sidi Moumen, where Yachine and his ten brothers grew up in the aimless chaos of drugs, violence, unemployment, and despair. The barefoot boys started their own...

Shadows of Marrakech

Shadows of Marrakech
  • Author(s): Tim Kindberg
  • Location(s): Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction

This is a tale of a struggle against slavery and ignorance, of shadows and loyalty. In Marrakech, Chemchi, a Berber girl, enters into a bargain with a brutal slave master. In return for his help, she must track down...

The Book of Madness and Cures

The Book of Madness and Cures
  • Author(s): Regina O'Melveny
  • Location(s): Europe, Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 16th Century

Gabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th century Venice, she’s a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, has provided her entrée to this all-male profession, and inspired in her a shared mission to understand the secrets...

The Final Bet

The Final Bet
  • Author(s): Abdelilah Hamdouchi
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Casablanca. Othman, a handsome young Moroccan man, returns home to discover his elderly French wife, Sofia, brutally murdered in their bedroom. Highly educated but chronically unemployed, Othman had been in desperate straits before meeting Sofia, who pampered him with...

The King’s Fool

The King’s Fool
  • Author(s): Mahi Binebine
  • Location(s): Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Sidi is dying. In the last days of this all-powerful tyrant, his faithful court fool takes stock of the decades he has spent in the king’s service. For the many years have left certain indelible wounds. During his service,...

The Lighthearted Quest

The Lighthearted Quest
  • Author(s): Ann Bridge
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

When Julia undertook to find her cousin, Colin Munro, last heard of sailing a yacht off the north coast of Africa, the quest seemed lighthearted enough. But, before she had finished, she was involved with Moorish antique dealers, a...

What Lies Within

What Lies Within
  • Author(s): Annabelle Thorpe
  • Location(s): Taroudant, Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Suspense, Psychological Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

An intense, claustrophobic psychological novel about the dark side of expat life, and what being out of your comfort zone can do to you, set in the vibrant souks and ancient riads of Marrakech A unique friendship, built on...

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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 

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Entries close 6th November 2021