2019 Salam Award

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


  • “The Puppetmaster”, Kehkashan Khalid

Honorable Mention

  • “The City of Mitr”, Sadia Khatri


  • “Compound”, Umair Khan
  • “The Third Feather”, 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 fewer 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 Jeffrey Ford, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and Maha Khan Phillips. 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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