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A Handful of Rice

A Handful of Rice
  • Author(s): Kamala Markandaya
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

“Hey you!” he wanted to shout, but he could not: you had to get in the habit of it first, he thought, and you didn’t acquire the habit until you were on the up-and-up, not down and out like...

A Lovesong for India

A Lovesong for India
  • Author(s): Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Location(s): Delhi, India
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

Don’t be deceived by the title of this collection of stories. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala – the only writer to have won both the Booker and two Oscars – is a post-Raj realist, not a romantic. Not for the first...

A Madras Miasma

A Madras Miasma
  • Author(s): Brian Stoddart
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1920s

Madras in the 1920s. The British are slowly losing the grip on the subcontinent. The end of the colonial enterprise is in sight and the city on India’s east coast is teeming with intrigue. A grisly murder takes place...

A Passage to India

A Passage to India
  • Author(s): E M Forster
  • Location(s): Patna (Bankipur)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1920s

Said to be based on Bankipur, a suburb of Patna. When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced ‘Anglo-Indian’ community. Determined to...

A People’s History of Heaven

A People’s History of Heaven
  • Author(s): Mathangi Subramanian
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 21st Century

Nestled between the luxury high-rise blocks of Bangalore is an ironically named slum called Heaven. It’s here that five girls – Muslim, Christian and Hindu; gay and straight – forge a binding friendship. But when Heaven is threatened by...

A Walk across the Sun

A Walk across the Sun
  • Author(s): Corban Addison
  • Location(s): India, Paris, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Ahalya Ghai is just seventeen when a tsunami rips through her Indian village. Ahalya and her sister Sita are the sole survivors of their family. Destitute, their only hope is to find refuge at a convent in Chennai, many...

Across Many Mountains: three Daughters of Tibet

Across Many Mountains: three Daughters of Tibet
  • Author(s): Yangzom Brauen
  • Location(s): India, Switzerland, Tibet
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1950s onward

In 1950 the Chinese invaded Tibet. This book describes the journey from Tibet to India describes the journey and the story of three generations of Tibetan women: Kunsang, Sonam and Yangzom, Sonam’s daughter. They flee to the refugee camps...

And Laughter Fell from the Sky

And Laughter Fell from the Sky
  • Author(s): Jyotsna Sreenivasan
  • Location(s): Bangalore, Ohio, Portland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Still living at home despite a good career and financial independence, beautiful and sophisticated Rasika has always been the dutiful daughter. With her twenty-sixth birthday fast approaching, she agrees to an arranged marriage, all while trying to hide from...

Artemis (2)

Artemis (2)
  • Author(s): Julian Stockwin
  • Location(s): India, South East Asia, Surrey
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1794

In the great age of fighting sail, life ranging the seas for prey and prize money in the crack frigate HMS Artemis is fast and exciting. Now a true Jack Tar, Kydd sails into Portsmouth Harbour and a hero’s...

Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Behind The Beautiful Forevers
  • Author(s): Katherine Boo
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Annawadi is a slum at the edge of Mumbai Airport, in the shadow of shining new luxury hotels. Its residents are garbage recyclers, construction workers and economic migrants, all of them living in the hope that a small part...

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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