THE TALLEST WOMAN
The Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women is pleased and proud to announce that the Award for 2019 goes to Maham Javaid for her short story THE TALLEST WOMAN. Maham will receive a cash award of Rs 100,000 for her intriguing story about a girl who just can’t stop growing.
Maham Javaid’s story was chosen from nearly 500 entries received by the Competition in its inaugural year. The judges agreed that this winning story, with its perhaps unexpected tinge of the surreal, has real verve and wit. It highlights the absurdity of a woman simultaneously very powerful and very powerless. The author finds a way of writing about inequality and injustice that is rare in its hilarity.
FEAR AND THE CITY
Sadia Khatri’s memoir, FEAR AND THE CITY received a Special Citation from our Panel of Judges for its compelling honesty. Locating personal experience within the larger objective of interrogating the role of women in public spaces in Pakistan, “Fear and the City” asks us to consider how our relationships with cities can change over time and how our individual actions and daily habits can act as moments of quiet revolution.
Named in honour of Zeenat Haroon Rashid (21 Jan 1928 - 8 April 2017), a founding member of the Womens National Guard at the time of Independence, a prize of Rs 100,000 (1 Lakh) will be awarded annually through a competition for writing in English on the theme of Women and Pakistan.
The competition is open to all women of Pakistani nationality or Pakistani heritage (with CNIC or NICOP) aged 18 and above and entries must be original, previously unpublished works of either fiction or non-fiction of no more than 3000 words. The entry should address any aspect of Women and Pakistan and the judges will look for a piece of writing with a strong, personal voice.
From amongst all entries, the best will be chosen for consideration by a panel of judges drawn from writers, editors and publishers. The panel will then draw up a short-list of 6 before agreeing on a winner.
The winning entry will be published online and the writer will be honoured at an event at which the prize will be awarded.
A Writing Competion for Women
Rs. 100,000 Cash Prize
"No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live”
From a speech given by Mr. Jinnah at the Muslim University Union’s meeting in Aligarh, March 10, 1944