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Red Winter

Red Winter
  • Author(s): Dan Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1920

It is 1920, central Russia. The Red Terror tightens its hold. Kolya has deserted his Red Army unit and returns home to bury his brother and reunite with his wife and sons. But he finds the village silent and...

Sashenka

Sashenka
  • Author(s): Simon Montefiore
  • Location(s): Russia, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Winter, 1916. In St Petersburg, snow is falling in a country on the brink of revolution. Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just sixteen. As her mother parties with Rasputin and her dissolute friends, Sashenka slips into the frozen...

Tatiana and Alexander

Tatiana and Alexander
  • Author(s): Paullina Simons
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2

The world at war … two people in love. Tatiana is eighteen years old and pregnant when she miraculously escapes war-torn Leningrad to the West, believing herself to be a widow. Her husband, Major Alexander Belov, a decorated hero...

The Betrayal

The Betrayal
  • Author(s): Helen Dunmore
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1950s

Leningrad, 1952. Andrei, a young hospital doctor, and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the postwar, postsiege wreckage. But their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must avoid the claws...

The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman
  • Author(s): Paullina Simons
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): WW2

Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer illuminate a city of fallen grandeur whose palaces and avenues speak of a different age, when Leningrad was known as St Petersburg. Two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha, share the same bed, living...

The End of Days

The End of Days
  • Author(s): Jenny Erpenbeck
  • Location(s): Eastern Europe, Europe, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

‘We are born and we die – but many things could happen in between. Which life do we end up living?’ From one of the most daring voices in European fiction, this is a story of the twentieth century...

The Family on Paradise Pier

The Family on Paradise Pier
  • Author(s): Dermot Bolger
  • Location(s): England, Russia, Spain
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

A stunning historical saga set in the early decades of the twentieth century which follows the lives and loves of one extraordinary family. We first meet the Goold Verschoyle children in 1915. Though there is a war going on...

The Holy Thief

The Holy Thief
  • Author(s): William Ryan
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1930s

‘Set in 1936, Ryan’s impressive debut introduces Capt. Alexei Korolev of the Moscow Militia’s Criminal Investigation Division, who looks into the murder of a young woman found butchered in a church… Ryan, who merits comparison to Tom Rob Smith,...

The Innocent (David Szalay)

The Innocent (David Szalay)
  • Author(s): David Szalay
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A well researched book about an extraordinary environment and how it affects the lives of ordinary people doing ordinary things with huge consequences. About ordinary people going about their daily lives against a thunderous state backdrop.

The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita
  • Author(s): Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fantasy
  • Era(s): Second half 20th century

In Soviet Moscow, God is dead, but the devil – to say nothing of his retinue of demons, from a loudmouthed, gun-toting tomcat, to the fanged fallen angel Koroviev – is very much alive. As death and destruction spread...

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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