“Noor” by Taimur Ahmad is the winner of the 2017 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science fiction and Fantasy Writing. The award is given to “the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student,” and is accompanied by a $500 cash prize, publication in Asimov’s, and an invitation to ICFA, held March 22-26, 2017 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside in Orlando FL.
The complete list of honors include:
- Winner: “Noor”, Taimur Ahmad
- First Runner-up: “The Food of Love”, Claire Spaulding
- Second Runner-up: “Questions for Oretta”, Alexandra Barr
- Third Runner-up: “Braidwood Rings”, Pearl Lorentzen
- Honorable Mention: “Everyone is Split”, Taimur Ahmad
- Honorable Mention: “Protagonist”, Gian-Paul Bergeron
- Honorable Mention: “Ravenous Things”, Sarah Goldman
- Honorable Mention: “Storm & Splinter”, Marcella Haddad
- Honorable Mention: “Everything, in Both Hands”, Alina Sichevaya
The Dell Magazines Award, formerly the Isaac Asimov Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing, was established in 1993 by Asimov’s and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. For more information, visit the Dell Award website.