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The Story of a Brief Marriage

The Story of a Brief Marriage
  • Author(s): Anuk Arudpragasam
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century

Dinesh is a young man trapped on the frontlines between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers. Desensitized to the horror all around him, life has been pared back to the essentials: eat, sleep, survive. All this changes...

The Sweet And Simple Kind

The Sweet And Simple Kind
  • Author(s): Yasmine Gooneratne
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1948

Loyalty (and the damnable lack of it in his wife) was the thought uppermost in the mind of Sir Andrew Millbanke as he looked down at Lady Alexandra’s dead body, spread-eagled on the paved pathway of the Residency.’ And...

The Teardrop Island: Following Victorian Footsteps Across Sri Lanka

The Teardrop Island: Following Victorian Footsteps Across Sri Lanka
  • Author(s): Cherry Briggs
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Mr Fernando led me into a dark room that was lined with book-cases and smelled of leather and damp. The polished, concrete floor of the library was covered with white jasmine flowers that had blown through the windows during...

The Village in the Jungle

The Village in the Jungle
  • Author(s): Leonard Woolf
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): early 20th century

This classic novel of colonial Ceylon (Sri Lanka), was first published in 1913 and is written by a prominent member of the Bloomsbury group, husband of Virginia Woolf. It reads as if Thomas Hardy had been born among the...

Tsunami Kids

Tsunami Kids
  • Author(s): Paul Forkan, Rob Forkan
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2004

On Boxing day 2004, Rob, Paul, Matty and Rosie Forkan tragically lost their parents in the Boxing Day Tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka. Aged from 8 to 17, they subsequently faced a harrowing and solitary 200km trek across the...

Wave: A Memoir of Life After the Tsunami

Wave: A Memoir of Life After the Tsunami
  • Author(s): Sonali Deraniyagala
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2004

The book opens and we are inside the wave: thirty feet high, moving at twenty-five mph, racing two miles inland. And from there into the depths of the author’s despair: how to live now that her life has been...

What Lies Between Us

What Lies Between Us
  • Author(s): Nayomi Munaweera
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Ganga, a young girl, grows up carefree in the midst of her loving family in an old and beautiful house nestled in the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka. Her childhood is like any other–until it isn’t. A cherished...

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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