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The Gypsy Goddess

The Gypsy Goddess
  • Author(s): Meena Kandasamy
  • Location(s): Tamil Nadu
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Tamil Nadu, 1968. Village landlords rule over a feudal system that forces peasants to break their backs in the fields or suffer beatings as punishment. In the misery of their daily lives it is little wonder that the Communist...

A Daughter’s Courage

A Daughter’s Courage
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): South India, Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1920s, Now

1929. When a passionate love affair threatens to leave Lucy in disgrace, she chooses a respectable marriage over a life of shame. With her husband, coffee-plantation-owner James, she travels to her new home in India, leaving her troubled past...

A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India

A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India
  • Author(s): Meera Sriram, Mariona Cabassa (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

In this #OwnVoices book inspired by the author’s hometown of Chennai, India, a girl explores the vibrant rainbow of delights in a southern Indian street market as she searches for a gift for her amma (mother). Endnotes explain all...

A Greater God

A Greater God
  • Author(s): Brian Stoddart
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras), Hyderabad, Telegana
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s India

Superintendent Chris Le Fanu returns from the Straits Settlements to find his Madras Indian Police Service colleagues struggling with an outbreak of Hindu-Muslim tension. This particularly affects his assistant, Muhammad Habibullah, who feels that Muslim interests are being ignored....

A House for Happy Mothers

A House for Happy Mothers
  • Author(s): Amulya Malladi
  • Location(s): South India, Silicon Valley
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

In trendy Silicon Valley, Priya has everything she needs—a loving husband, a career, and a home—but the one thing she wants most is the child she’s unable to have. In a Southern Indian village, Asha doesn’t have much—raising two...

A Madras Miasma

A Madras Miasma
  • Author(s): Brian Stoddart
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s

In 1920s Madras, Superintendent Chris Le Fanu of the Indian Police Service is a square peg in a round hole. His colleagues resist the rise of Indian nationalism and resent concessions made to India. But Le Fanu served with...

A Mother’s Secret

A Mother’s Secret
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Udupi, London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th century/21st century

What if you discovered that everything you knew about yourself was a lie? When pregnant Jaya loses her mother, then her baby son Arun in a tragic cot death, her world crashes down. Overcome by grief and guilt, she...

A Mystery at Lili Villa

A Mystery at Lili Villa
  • Author(s): Arathi Menon, Shruti Prabhu (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

Cousins Arj, Tam, and Mira are spending their summer vacation in Elathoor, a little village in Kerala when their family home, Lili Villa, is broken into and some jewelry is stolen. The Terrific Three set out to solve the...

A Preface to Man

A Preface to Man
  • Author(s): Subash Chandran
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1900 - early 2000s

After years of squandering his creativity, working for a toy company that makes drum-playing monkeys, Jithendran dies rather abruptly, leaving behind some notes on a novel that he had dreamt of writing in his youth. As his wife Ann...

A Straits Settlement

A Straits Settlement
  • Author(s): Brian Stoddart
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s

A straits settlement A novel by Brian Stoddart In the third instalment of the Le Fanu Mystery series, the intrepid superintendent is promoted to Inspector-General of Police in 1920s Madras, which proves to be more boring than he had...

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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