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Infraction

Infraction
  • Author(s): Yvonne Zipter
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th century

Marya Zhukova is a woman of many passions. Her husband isn’t one of them. It’s mathematics and literature that captivate her, in part, but her lover, Vera, enthralls her most of all. These are, however, all dangerous obsessions in...

Lost Roses

Lost Roses
  • Author(s): Martha Hall Kelly
  • Location(s): Long Island, Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): WW1

It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a...

Rendezvous in Russia

Rendezvous in Russia
  • Author(s): Lauren St John
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From Cornwall to Russia. Laura, her faithful husky Skye and Tariq are whirled into a breathtaking mystery adventure when they join the film crew on the set of THE ARISTOCRATIC THIEF about an art heist that could never be...

Spies in St. Petersburg

Spies in St. Petersburg
  • Author(s): Katherine Woodfine
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): early 21st

With Sophie still missing in action after their explosive mission in Paris, Lil decides to take matters into her own hands. On a new mission for the Secret Service Bureau, can Lil find Sophie in misty, mysterious St Petersburg?...

St Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire

St Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire
  • Author(s): Jonathan Miles
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1700s onwards

St Petersburg has always felt like an impossible metropolis, risen from the freezing mists and flooded marshland of the River Neva on the western edge of Russia. It was a new capital in an old country. Established in 1703...

The Blackbird Girls

The Blackbird Girls
  • Author(s): Anne Blankman
  • Location(s): Ukraine, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1986 and 1941

Like Ruta Sepetys for middle grade, Anne Blankman pens a poignant and timeless story of friendship that twines together moments in underexplored history. On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red...

The Book of Anna

The Book of Anna
  • Author(s): Carmen Boullosa
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

Saint Petersburg, 1905. Behind the gates of the Karenin Palace, Sergei, son of Anna Karenina, meets Tolstoy in his dreams and finds reminders of his mother everywhere: the vivid portrait that the tsar intends to acquire and the opium-infused...

The Girl from the Hermitage

The Girl from the Hermitage
  • Author(s): Molly Gartland
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s/1980s

It is December 1941, and eight-year-old Galina and her friend Vera are caught in the siege of Leningrad, eating soup made of wallpaper, with the occasional luxury of a dead rat. Galina’s artist father Mikhail has been kept away...

The Jewel Of St Petersburg

The Jewel Of St Petersburg
  • Author(s): Kate Furnivall
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1910

Russia, 1910. Young Valentina Ivanova charms St Petersburg’s aristocracy with her classic Russian beauty and her talent as a pianist. But she scandalises society when she begins a romance with Jens Friis, a Danish engineer. He brings to her...

The Madonnas of Leningrad

The Madonnas of Leningrad
  • Author(s): Debra Dean
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1941

The Madonnas of Leningrad, the first novel by Seattle professor Debra Dean, is the story of Marina, a young museum docent who takes refuge in the Hermitage during the 1941 siege of Leningrad. The paintings and artifacts are gone,...

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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