Can you explain more about the theme or topic?

This year we have broadened the scope of the competition so that you may write a short story (FICTION) on a subject of your choosing AS LONG AS IT IS LOCATED IN PAKISTAN. This means your writing should have the country of Pakistan (either as it exists or as you may imagine it to be) as its canvas or location.

Can I write a story set in the Pakistani diaspora?

Yes, but only if you can relate that story back to the country of Pakistan. Please note that you should NOT focus on what it means to be a person of Pakistani heritage living in a foreign country. However, it is in keeping with the central focus if your story ecompasses life in BOTH Pakistan and abroad or the journey from one to the other.

Can I submit poetry or an essay?

No. This year's genre is short-story fiction.

Can I submit more than one entry?

No. The competition rules restrict the number of entries to one per person so it is important to remember to add all your personal data in the accompanying email.

Should I send a scan of my CNIC or NICOP with my entry?

No. At the moment we just want you to submit the number of your CNIC or NICOP. However, Longlisted candidates will be required to submit scanned copies of these via email.

My current address does not match my ID document. Which should I submit?

Submit your current postal address. If you are considered for the Longlist, we will conduct further verification checks.

A word about plagiarism

We are sorry to say that several submissions in previous years had major instances of plagiarism. We take this matter very seriously. We have specialist software to detect plagiarism and if any author is confirmed as having submitted plagiarised work, she will be permanently banned from entering the competition.