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One Thousand Stars and You

One Thousand Stars and You
  • Author(s): Isabelle Broom
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): RomCom
  • Era(s): Contemporary

One spark will light up both their lives Alice is settling down. It might not be the adventurous life she once imagined, but more than anything she wants to make everyone happy – her steady boyfriend, her over-protective mother...

Raavana’s Daughter

Raavana’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Nadishka Aloysius
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Fantasy
  • Era(s): Mythic times of the Ramayana

This is a short story…. Sita Devi, the wife of Lord Rama has been abducted by the Demon King Raavana. Hanuman, the Ape hero, is tasked with building a bridge to facilitate the invasion of Lanka. The expedition is...

Reef

Reef
  • Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

A single lighted match banishes Triton from his father’s home to the employ of Mister Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed by swamps, sea movements and a Sri Lankan island’s disappearing reef. Stranded in London years later, Triton plumbs the...

Running in the Family

Running in the Family
  • Author(s): Michael Ondaatje
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Twenty-five years after leaving his native Sri Lanka for the cool winters of Ontario, a chaotic dream of tropical heat and barking dogs pushes Michael Ondaatje to travel back home and revisit a childhood and a family he never...

Serendipity

Serendipity
  • Author(s): Ashok Ferrey
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Satire, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1980s

Ashok Ferrey’s first novel is part satire, part thriller, part comedy of manners. Set in 1980s Colombo it contains over twenty characters, Which he fixes with merciless wit and pin-sharp accuracy to the dusty velvet boards of his cabinet...

Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka’s Hidden War

Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka’s Hidden War
  • Author(s): Frances Harrison
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 2009

The tropical island of Sri Lanka is a paradise for tourists, but in 2009 it became a hell for its Tamil minority, as decades of civil war between the Tamil Tiger guerrillas and the government reached its bloody climax....

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
  • Author(s): Shyam Selvadurai
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

The setting is Sri Lanka, 1980, and it is the season of monsoons. Fourteen-year-old Amrith is caught up in the life of the cheerful, well-to-do household in which he is being raised by his vibrant Auntie Bundle and kindly...

Taken in Nuala

Taken in Nuala
  • Author(s): Harriet Steel
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1930s

No, 8 in the Inspector de Silva mystery series set in 1930s CEYLON When an American millionaire and his glamorous daughter visit Nuala, the splendour they bring to the town’s high society is soon tragically tarnished by a vicious...

Tamil Tigress

Tamil Tigress
  • Author(s): Niromi de Soyza
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1987

Two days before Christmas in 1987, at the age of 17, Niromi de Soyza found herself in an ambush as part of a small platoon of militant Tamil Tigers fighting government forces in the bloody civil war that was...

The Amazing Racist

The Amazing Racist
  • Author(s): Chhimi Tenduf-La
  • Location(s): Colombo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Eddie trusted, an english school teacher in colombo, wants to spend his life with menaka rupasinghe, a vibrant sri lankan beauty, but her orthodox terror of a father stands in his way. If eddie wants to wed menaka, it...

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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