2018 Salam Award

The winner, finalists, and honorable mentions for the Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced:


  • “Influence”, Akbar Shahzad


  • “A Picture of the Dying World”, Nur Ibrahim
  • “In the Village Where the Mazaar Now Stands”, Nur Kahn

Honorable Mentions

  • “Up on the Eggshell Bridge”, Maira Asaad
  • “Repairman”, Saher Husnain
  • “Stop Paying Attention”, Kasim Mohammed
  • “A Foolproof Reason”, Ramlah Nadeem
  • “The Dead Man’s Gift”, Fatima Taqvi

The Salam Award, “a short story award to promote science fiction and related genres of writing in Pakistan,” is an annual award open to original fiction of 10,000 words or less written in English by authors who must be “currently residing in Pakistan, or be of Pakistani birth/descent.” Judges for this year’s award were Elizabeth Hand, Anil Menon, and E. Lily Yu. The official award page lists the winning prize as Rs 50,000 and review by a literary agent for potential representation, as well as review by an editor for possible publication. The winner also receives an all expenses paid trip to Orlando FL to participate in the Functionally Literate reading series, and sponsored participation in ICFA as an invited author.

For more information, see the Salam Award site.

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