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Sweetness and Light

Sweetness and Light
  • Author(s): Liam Pieper
  • Location(s): Tamil Nadu, Sydney
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Connor, an Australian expat with a brutal past, spends his time running low-stakes scams on tourists in a sleepy beachside town. Sasha, an American in search of spiritual guidance, heads to an isolated ashram in the hope of mending...

Tales of India: Folk Tales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu

Tales of India: Folk Tales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu
  • Author(s): Svabhu Kohli (illustrator), Viplov Singh (illustrator)
  • Location(s): Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

A shape-shifting tiger and a pretentious rat. A generous goddess and a powerful demon. A clever princess and a prince who returns from the dead. This collection of 16 traditional tales transports readers to the beguiling world of Indian...

The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home
  • Author(s): Padma Viswanathan
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Padma Venkatraman’s stirring middle-grade debut. Life is harsh on the teeming streets of Chennai, India, so when runaway sisters Viji and Rukku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly,...

The Bureau of Second Chances

The Bureau of Second Chances
  • Author(s): Sheena Kalayil
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 21st Century

Is going back the only way to start again? After more than thirty years in London, recently-widowed Thomas Imbalil returns to India. He spends his first months in uncluttered isolation in his house overlooking the Arabian Sea, in a...

The Girl and the Tiger

The Girl and the Tiger
  • Author(s): Paul Rosolie
  • Location(s): Karnataka, Western Ghats
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Young Adult
  • Era(s): Modern

Isha is a girl who loves animals but struggles in the confines of school. When she is sent away to live with her grandparents on the Indian countryside, she discovers a sacred grove where a young Bengal tiger has...

The Girl from Lace Island

The Girl from Lace Island
  • Author(s): Joanna Rees
  • Location(s): Kerala
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1989 and 2016

Set on an island off Kerala… Some bonds will never break . . . 1989 When happy-go-lucky fifteen-year-old Leila is exiled from her exotic home on Lace Island to a cold English boarding school, it is just the beginning...

The Guide

The Guide
  • Author(s): R K Narayan
  • Location(s): South India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Raju’s first stop after his release from prison is the barber’s shop Then he decides to take refuge in an abandoned temple. Raju used to be India’s most corrupt tourist guide – but now a peasant mistakes him for...

The House of Blue Mangoes

The House of Blue Mangoes
  • Author(s): David Davidar
  • Location(s): South India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1899 - 1945

In 1899, in the south Indian village of Chevathar, Solomon Dorai is contemplating the imminent destruction of his world and everything he holds dear. As the thalaivar, or headman, of Chevathar, he seeks to preserve the village from both...

The Jasmine Wife

The Jasmine Wife
  • Author(s): Jane Coverdale
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 1900s

At midnight where the jasmine blooms, a woman waits for her lover… Sara Archer’s future as the dutiful wife of a British official in India seems assured, until a chance meeting with the gorgeous and powerful Ravi Sabran changes...

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People
  • Author(s): Farahad Zama
  • Location(s): Andhra Pradesh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

What does somebody with a wealth of common sense do if retirement palls? Why, open a marriage bureau, of course. And soon Mr Ali, from beautiful Vizag in South India, sees his new business flourish as the indomitable Mrs...

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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