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Empress of the Night

Empress of the Night
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th century

“We quarrel about power, not about love.” Catherine the Great takes centre stage in best selling author Eva Stachniak’s latest novel. Gorgeously written with vivid detail and lyrical prose, EMPRESS OF THE NIGHT is an intimate and revealing portrait...

Flesh-Coloured Dominoes

Flesh-Coloured Dominoes
  • Author(s): Zigmunds Skujinš
  • Location(s): Baltic Coast, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Mystery
  • Era(s): 18th Century to WW2 and modern

When Baroness Valtraute von Bruegen’s officer husband’s body is severed in two, she is delighted to find that the lower half has been sewn onto the upper body of the humble local captain Ulste. She conceives a child only...

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story
  • Author(s): Andrea Bennett
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Perhaps you’re not a member of the Azov House of Culture Elderly Club? Perhaps you missed the talk on the Cabbage Root Fly last week? Galina Petrovna hasn’t missed a single one, since she officially became ‘old’. But she’d...

Icebreaker

Icebreaker
  • Author(s): John Gardner
  • Location(s): Finland, Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century

James Bond is back in this continuation novel set in Finland and Russia. Forced to work with small group of elite American, Russian and Israeli spies, Bond must stop a new terrorist group hellbent on creating a New Third...

Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai

Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai
  • Author(s): Michael Wreford
  • Location(s): Beijing (Peking), China, Hong Kong, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller

China, the eve of the September 11 attacks. A powerful cyber weapon is about to be released. Only one man can stop it … Journalist and SIS (MI6) contract agent George Quant arrives on the run in Beijing. Estranged...

Last Flight to Stalingrad

Last Flight to Stalingrad
  • Author(s): Graham Hurley
  • Location(s): Berlin, Volgograd (Stalingrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): WW2

Berlin, 1942. For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Ministry of Propaganda, the dizzying victory of the last four years has felt like a party without end. But the Reich’s attention has turned East, and as winter sets in,...

Midnight in St Petersburg

Midnight in St Petersburg
  • Author(s): Vanora Bennett
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

St Petersburg,1911: Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia’s capital city. Welcomed into the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin-making workshop. With her looks and talents,...

Moscow Noir

Moscow Noir
  • Author(s): Natalia Smirnova
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Crime, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

“crime fiction featuring hard-boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings.” Dirty dealings in the middle of the night, in the snow, very louche, stereotypical Moscow? Judge for yourself

Moscow Rules

Moscow Rules
  • Author(s): Daniel Silva
  • Location(s): Courchevel, Italy, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 2000s

The violent death of a journalist leads secret agent Gabriel Allon to Russia. But this is not the grim Moscow of Soviet times, but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and in thrall to a new generation of...

One Night in Winter

One Night in Winter
  • Author(s): Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1945

If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this...

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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