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The Mercenary

The Mercenary
  • Author(s): Paul Vidich
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Spy, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1980s

From acclaimed spy novelist Paul Vidich comes a taut new thriller following the attempted exfiltration of a KGB officer from the ever-changing—and always dangerous—USSR in the mid-1980s. Moscow, 1985. The Soviet Union and its communist regime are in the...

The Night Watch

The Night Watch
  • Author(s): Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Paranormal
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are the Others. Possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy parallel world existing in parallel to our own, each Other owes allegiance...

The Starlings of Bucharest

The Starlings of Bucharest
  • Author(s): Sarah Armstrong
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Spy
  • Era(s): 1970s

(The Moscow Wolves Series Book 2) The threats people hold over us are most often imagined. We even create them for ourselves. Ted moves to London to become a journalist but quickly slides into debt. Things look up when...

The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen
  • Author(s): Boris Akunin
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 19th Century

It’s strange that there’s no contemporary crime fiction coming out of Putin’s Russia, but Boris Akunin makes up for that with his intricate, allusive Erast Fandorin books, set at the turn of the last century.

Twilight of the Eastern Gods

Twilight of the Eastern Gods
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1958

1958. In a dorm room in Moscow, a young writer is woken by the sound of angry voices on the radio. Through the fog of a hangover he hears the news that a novel called Doctor Zhivago has earned...

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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