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The Romanov Bride

The Romanov Bride
  • Author(s): Robert Alexander
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): pre-Russian revolution

As the Russia of Nicholas and Aleksandra rushes full speed toward catastrophe, The Romanov Bride follows the lives of two revolutionary souls, that of Grand Duchess Elisavyeta (or Ella), sister of the tsaritsa Aleksandra, and that of Pavel, a...

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...

The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov
  • Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th century

The Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons–the impulsive and sensual Dmitri;...

The Free World

The Free World
  • Author(s): David Bezmozgis
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1978

Summer, 1978. Brezhnev sits like a stone in the Kremlin, Israel and Egypt are inching towards peace, and in the bustling, polyglot streets of Rome, strange new creatures have appeared: Soviet Jews who have escaped to freedom through a...

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th century

From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history’s boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—...

Russian Poets

Russian Poets
  • Author(s): Peter Washington (editor)
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Poetry
  • Era(s): 19th / 20th century

Russian poets have always been admired for the lyric and emotional intensity with which they forge private and public experience into verse, and this volume gathers together some of the best-loved, and most powerful and immediate poems from the...

Deathless

Deathless
  • Author(s): Catherynne M Valente
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th century

Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has...

The Crown’s Game

The Crown’s Game
  • Author(s): Evelyn Skye
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th century

Vika Andreyev can summon the snow and turn ash into gold.Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air.They are enchanters the only two in Russia and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening,...

Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin
  • Author(s): Alexander Pushkin
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1820s

Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in 1820s imperial Russia, Pushkin’s novel in verse follows the emotions and destiny of three men – Onegin the bored...

The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Author(s): Leo Tolstoy
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1880s

Hailed as one of the world’s supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his...

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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