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Strategos: Rise of the Golden Heart (Strategos 2)

Strategos: Rise of the Golden Heart (Strategos 2)
  • Author(s): Gordon Doherty
  • Location(s): Iran, Istanbul (Constantinople), Syria, Turkey
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Medieval, Byzantium

A voyage into the heart of Byzantium… Stay strong, Haga, for the Golden Heart will rise in the west. At dawn, he will wear the guise of a lion hunter. At noon, he will march to the east as...

Strategos: The Complete Trilogy

Strategos: The Complete Trilogy
  • Author(s): Gordon Doherty
  • Location(s): Greece, Georgia (GE), Iran, Iraq, Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Medieval, Byzantium

The saga of a tragic hero, born in the borderlands between two great empires, destined to walk on the battlefield in a war that will echo through history In the 11th century AD, the ailing Byzantine Empire teeters on...

Tapestries of the Heart

Tapestries of the Heart
  • Author(s): Nooshie Motaref
  • Location(s): Iran, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1896-1986

This award winning novel takes place in Persia/Iran and the United States. This novel portrays four generations of Persian women over a span of one hundred years. It depicts the effects of religion and politics — ever changing in...

Tapestries of the Heart: Four Women, Four Persian Generations

Tapestries of the Heart: Four Women, Four Persian Generations
  • Author(s): Nooshie Motaref
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 19th, 20th centuries

This award winning novel portrays four generations of Persian women over a span of one hundred years. It depicts the effects of religion and politics-ever changing in Iranian society. Tapestries stands out as a true representation of the cycle...

Tehran Moonlight

Tehran Moonlight
  • Author(s): Azin Sametipour
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Love, loyalty and identity collide in Azin Sametipour’s compelling debut novel, Tehran Moonlight. Vividly set in a country where women have no voice, one woman’s fight for love and her own identity result in unimaginable consequences. She was 23,...

Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes

Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes
  • Author(s): Nahal Tajadod
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A wry and humorous account of Nahal Tajadod’s quest to get her Iranian passport renewed. She embarks on a bizarre and circuitous journey, meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way: two photographers who specialise in Islamic portraits,...

The Blind Owl

The Blind Owl
  • Author(s): Sadegh Hedayat
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Widely regarded as Sadegh Hedayat’s masterpiece, the Blind Owl is the most important work of literature to come out of Iran in the past century. On the surface this work seems to be a tale of doomed love, but...

The Book of Tehran (Reading the City)

The Book of Tehran (Reading the City)
  • Author(s): Fereshteh Ahmadi (Author
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

A city of stories short, fragmented, amorphous, and at times contradictory Tehran is an impossible tale to tell. For the capital city of one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East, its literary output is rarely acknowledged...

The Bridge of Isfahan

The Bridge of Isfahan
  • Author(s): Nilla Cram Cook
  • Location(s): Isfahan
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

The Bridge of Isfahan is a love story, set in Iran during the postwar 1940s, a time of burgeoning hopes and dangerous conflicts — not the least among them the cold war. Shirene is the green-eyed granddaughter of the...

The Cypress Tree: A Love Letter to Iran

The Cypress Tree: A Love Letter to Iran
  • Author(s): Kamin Mohammadi
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Kamin Mohammadi was nine years old when her family fled Iran during the 1979 Revolution. Bewildered by the seismic changes in her homeland, she turned her back on the past and spent her teenage years trying to fit in...

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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