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Angel on the Square

Angel on the Square
  • Author(s): Gloria Whelan
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1914

In the fall of 1914, safe behind palace walls, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a magical place. The daughter of a lady-in-waiting to the Empress, Katya spends all her time with the Grand Duchesses; the royal family feels...

The Night Watch

The Night Watch
  • Author(s): Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Paranormal
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are the Others. Possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy parallel world existing in parallel to our own, each Other owes allegiance...

Life and Fate

Life and Fate
  • Author(s): Vasily Grossman
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2

The great Russian 20th-century novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Stalingrad. Life and Fate is an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single family, the Shaposhnikovs. As the battle of Stalingrad looms,...

Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
  • Author(s): C W Gortner
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): post Russian Revolution

Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs...

The Diamond Secret

The Diamond Secret
  • Author(s): Suzanne Weyn
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): post Russian Revolution

After the Russian Revolution, Empress Marie, the czar’s mother, who escaped to Paris, offers a reward for the return of her missing granddaughter, the princess Anastasia. Eager to collect the large sum, two friends hatch a plan to fool...

Oblomov

Oblomov
  • Author(s): Ivan Goncharov
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1859

Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is a member of Russia’s dying aristocracy – a man so lazy that he has given up his job in the Civil Service, neglected his books, insulted his friends and found himself in debt. Too apathetic...

The Tsarina’s Daughter

The Tsarina’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Carolly Erickson
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): post Russian Revolution

Hiding her identity as the grand duchess daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, Daria Gradov looks back on her luxurious childhood in pre-revolutionary Russia, the machinations of an illiterate monk, and the circumstances that forced her to assume another life....

In the First Circle

In the First Circle
  • Author(s): Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1949

Moscow, Christmas Eve, 1949.The Soviet secret police intercept a call made to the American embassy by a Russian diplomat who promises to deliver secrets about the nascent Soviet Atomic Bomb program. On that same day, a brilliant mathematician is...

We the Living

We the Living
  • Author(s): Ayn Rand
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Post Russian Revolution

Ayn Rand’s first published novel, a timeless story that explores the struggles of the individual against the state in Soviet Russia. First published in 1936, We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings...

Russian Winter

Russian Winter
  • Author(s): Daphne Kalotay
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s / 1950s

‘An elegant, compelling puzzle of family, memory and solitude that brings to life modern day Boston and postwar Russia through a profound love story. Graceful, moving and unexpected’ – Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club ‘A tender and...

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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