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Aetherial Worlds

Aetherial Worlds
  • Author(s): Tatyana Tolstaya
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): ariousV

Ordinary realities and yearnings to transcend them lead to miraculous other worlds in this dazzling collection of stories. A woman’s deceased father appears in her dreams with clues about the afterlife; a Russian professor in a small American town...

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 Overcoat and Other Short Stories

The Overcoat and Other Short Stories
  • Author(s): Nikolai Gogol
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Four works by great 19th-century Russian author: “The Nose,” a savage satire of Russia’s incompetent bureaucrats; “Old-Fashioned Farmers,” a pleasant depiction of an elderly couple living in rustic seclusion; “The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovich,”...

Globetrotting for Love and Other Stories from Sakhalin Island

Globetrotting for Love and Other Stories from Sakhalin Island
  • Author(s): Ajay Kamalakaran
  • Location(s): Russia, Sakhalin
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): 2000s

A cleaning lady frustrated with the lack of manners of the occupants of the building sets out to teach them a lesson or two. Philandering ways and addiction to alcohol force a marriage to flounder and the wife to...

Black Sun

Black Sun
  • Author(s): Owen Matthews
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1961

1961. Hidden deep within central Soviet Russia is a place that doesn’t appear on any map: a city called Arzamas-16. Here a community of dedicated scientists and technicians is building the most powerful nuclear device the world will ever...

The Boy with Two Hearts

The Boy with Two Hearts
  • Author(s): Hamed Amiri
  • Location(s): Herat, Russia, United Kingdom
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2000

A powerful tale of a family in crisis, and a moving love letter to the NHS Herat, Afghanistan, 2000. A mother speaks out against the fundamentalist leaders of her country. Meanwhile, her family’s watchful eyes never leave their beloved...

The Englishman

The Englishman
  • Author(s): David Gilman
  • Location(s): London, France, The Urals
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Suspense
  • Era(s): Contemporary

(Raglan Book 1) Penal Colony No. 74, AKA White Eagle, lies some 600 kilometres north of Yekaterinburg in Russia’s Sverdlovskaya Oblast. Imprisoning the country’s most brutal criminals, it is a winter-ravaged hellhole of death and retribution. And that’s exactly...

Tsarina

Tsarina
  • Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 18th Century

Spring 1699: Illegitimate, destitute and strikingly beautiful, Marta has survived the brutal Russian winter in her remote Baltic village. Sold by her family into household labour at the age of fifteen, Marta survives by committing a crime that will...

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...

Moskva

Moskva
  • Author(s): Jack Grimwood
  • Location(s): Russia, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1980s

‘Peppered with memorable characters, carved with precision, … highly recommended’ Shots Magazine ‘Given that the definitive thriller in 1980’s Moscow already exists (Gorky Park), Moskva looks like a crazy gamble. But it’s one that comes off’ Sunday Times ‘A...

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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