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Under a Blood Red Sky

Under a Blood Red Sky
  • Author(s): Kate Furnivall
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

Davinsky Labour Camp, Siberia, 1933: Sofia Morozova knows she has to escape. Only two things have sustained her through the bitter cold, aching hunger and hard labour: the prospect of one day walking free: and the stories told by...

Winter Garden

Winter Garden
  • Author(s): Kristin Hannah
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2001 looking back

The story opens in 2001, when sisters Nina, both in their 40s, are facing major life changes. Fact and fiction are interwoven into the story as they look back over their Father’s life in Russia

Königskinder

Königskinder
  • Author(s): Gernot Gricksch
  • Location(s): Hamburg, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1970s -2000s

Zuerst die gute Nachricht: Ja, es gibt sie wirklich, die eine große wahre Liebe und den einen Menschen, den das Schicksal für uns vorherbestimmt hat. Dummerweise ist das Schicksal manchmal aber etwas schlampig bei der Durchführung seiner Pläne. So...

Konstantin

Konstantin
  • Author(s): Tom Bullough
  • Location(s): Ryazan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1867

It is 1867 and winter in Ryazan, a city on the banks of the Oka River in Central Russia. Konstantin is ten years old. His days are full of dreams of flight – to Moscow, even to the silent...

Russka

Russka
  • Author(s): Edward Rutherfurd
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Historical, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Russka is the story of the history of the Russian heartland, in Edward Rutherfurd’s proven style. He traces family stories through short stories.

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome
  • Author(s): Roland Chambers
  • Location(s): England, Russia
  • Genre(s): Biography
  • Era(s): First half of the 20th Century

Arthur Ransome is best known for the twelve immortal ”Swallows and Amazons” books he wrote on his return from Russia in 1928. From his prose he appears a genial and gentle Englishman, who, like his protagonists, pursued benign maritime...

The Life of an Unknown Man

The Life of an Unknown Man
  • Author(s): Andrei Makine, Geoffrey Strachan (Translator)
  • Location(s): Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Contemporary, World War 2

A deeply moving meditation on memory, history, love, and art by the author of “Dreams of My Russian Summers”. In “The Life of an Unknown Man”, Andreï Makine explores what truly matters in life through the prism of Russia’s...

The Two Rooms

The Two Rooms
  • Author(s): R Leigh Turner
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Horror, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

VOLUME 1 IN THE “HOTEL HORROR” SERIES OF SHORT STORIES Meet Ms N – hotelier extraordinary. Ms N can keep her head when confronted with any number of crises and keep all her customers happy – but guests who...

A Cold Red Sunrise

A Cold Red Sunrise
  • Author(s): Stuart M Kaminsky
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): 2nd half 20th century

One Dead Commissar At an icebound naval weather station in far Siberia, the young daughter of an exiled dies under suspicious circumstances. The high-ranking Commissar sent to investigate the mystery suffers a similar fate: he is murdered by an...

A Death in Siberia

A Death in Siberia
  • Author(s): Alex Dryden
  • Location(s): Arctic, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The Cold War is dead but Russia’s ambitions continue to rage… The West is under threat. Russia has been granted sole access to the undersea Lomonosov Ridge in the Arctic Ocean – home to oil reserves even greater than...

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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