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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 Red Coffin

The Red Coffin
  • Author(s): Sam Eastland
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1939

It is 1939. The world stands on the brink of Armageddon. In the Soviet Union, years of revolution, fear and persecution have left the country unprepared to face the onslaught of Nazi Germany. For the coming battles, Stalin has...

The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia

The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia
  • Author(s): Jeremy Poolman
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

The Road of Bones is the story of Russia’s greatest road. For over 200 years, the route of the Vladimirka Road has been at the centre of the nation’s history, having witnessed everything from the first human footsteps to...

The Romanov Prophecy

The Romanov Prophecy
  • Author(s): Steve Berry
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 20th Century and near future

History is being made and Miles Lord has a ringside seat. The people of Russia have voted to bring back the tsar, a ruler to be selected from the distant relatives of Nicholas II, who was murdered along with...

The Secret Speech

The Secret Speech
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Era(s): 1950s

The Soviet Union 1956: after Stalin’s death, a violent regime is beginning to fracture. Stalin’s successor Khrushchev pledges reform. But there are forces at work that are unable to forgive or forget the past. Leo Demidov, former MGB officer,...

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...

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...

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