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Firebird

Firebird
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Wein
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Young Adult, Fiction
  • Era(s): WW2, 1940s

Nastia is no traitor. She is a daring pilot, the daughter of revolutionaries, and now, as the Second World War descends on Russia, she must fight to save the glorious Motherland. But all is not as it seems, and...

The Unravelling Of Maria

The Unravelling Of Maria
  • Author(s): F J Curlew
  • Location(s): Estonia, Scotland, Siberia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1944 - 1992

Lovers separated by the Iron Curtain. Two women whose paths should never have crossed. A remarkable journey that changes all of their lives. Maria’s history is a lie. Washed up on the shores of Sweden in 1944, with no...

The Unwomanly Face of War

The Unwomanly Face of War
  • Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich, Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator), Richard Pevear (Translator)
  • Location(s): Russia, Belarus
  • Genre(s): Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Looking back to WW2

Extraordinary stories from Soviet women who fought in the Second World War – from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature “Why, having stood up for and held their own place in a once absolutely male world, have...

The Castle of Tangled Magic

The Castle of Tangled Magic
  • Author(s): Sophie Anderson, Saara Katariina Söderlund (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children, Fantasy

Magic awaits, all you have to do is believe… When thirteen-year-old Olia steps through a magical doorway, she discovers another land. A land tangled by magic, where hope is lost, and a scheming wizard holds all the power. Soon...

Gamayun Tales 2

Gamayun Tales 2
  • Author(s): Alexander Utkin
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Various

Enter a world of magic and adventure in this stunning series based on traditional Russian folklore. Alexander Utkin’s Gamayun Tales are fresh and modern adaptations of familiar Slavic folktales, teamed with bold and beautiful illustrations. Jam-packed with stories of...

Gamayun Tales 1

Gamayun Tales 1
  • Author(s): Alexander Utkin
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children, Fairy Tales
  • Era(s): Various

Alexander Utkin’s Gamayun Tales are fresh and modern adaptations of familiar Russian folktales, teamed with bold and beautiful illustrations. Jam-packed with stories of magical quests and talking animals, golden chests that turn into palaces and encounters with terrifying Water...

The Life of an Unknown Man

The Life of an Unknown Man
  • Author(s): Andrei Makine, Geoffrey Strachan (Translator)
  • Location(s): Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Contemporary, World War 2

A deeply moving meditation on memory, history, love, and art by the author of “Dreams of My Russian Summers”. In “The Life of an Unknown Man”, Andreï Makine explores what truly matters in life through the prism of Russia’s...

Beyond the Funeral

Beyond the Funeral
  • Author(s): Peter Marshall
  • Location(s): Portsmouth, Canada, Mexico, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

As the red rose drifted away in the sea with the ashes, it was not the end of the story. It was the start of a new spy thriller – “Beyond the Funeral” – a fast-moving story in which...

Russian Reckoning

Russian Reckoning
  • Author(s): Joyce Yarrow
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), Russia
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Early twenty-first century

Roped into helping her socially inept émigré stepfather, Nikolai, escape the clutches of a blackmailer, performance poet and private investigator Jo Epstein enters a world where criminals enforce a 19th-century code of honor, threats arrive inside not-so-traditional Matryoshka (nesting)...

Behind the Red Veil

Behind the Red Veil
  • Author(s): Frank Thoms
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century

Frank Thoms went to the Soviet Union not to judge but to learn. As a result, he gained the trust and confidence of the people he befriended—and discovered much about himself. Behind the Red Veil recounts Frank’s quest to...

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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