ANNOUNCING THE WINNER FOR 2022
We are delighted to announce that the Award for 2022 goes to writer Saira Mahmood for her essay A Pakistani Woman Comes of Age. Saira will receive a cash award of Rs.100,000.
The judges agreed that this compelling memoir, which articulates a girl’s journey to womanhood through the coming of age of social media in Pakistan, was original thinking at its best: bursting with freshness and ambition.
The winning author, Saira Mahmood, is a graduate student at the Department of English at the University of Karachi where her current research and writing interests include gender, media, and Muslim womanhood. She was previously a Staff Writer at online magazine, The Tempest.
The winning essay will be published in DAWN'S EOS magazine in November and subsequently on our website along with the Highly Commended and Longlisted works.
SHORTLISTED AUTHORS REVEALED!
A SEAT AT BIBI’S DINING TABLE by Laila Ghaffar. An evocative and heartwarming account of familial relationships across three generations.
EMPIRE OF ILLUSION by Aisha Chapra. Themes of postpartum depression and the climate crisis are skillfully woven together in a frantic search for meaning in a collapsing world.
FRIDGE MAGNETS by Sundus Saleemi. A subtle and complex essay with elegant meditations on home as a repository for both memory and hope
OF BRAS AND BREASTS by Areej Akhtar. Ideas about womanliness, or the lack of it, are examined in this triptych of portraits of women betrayed by their own bodies.
THE SILENCE OF THE DEMENTED by Michelle Nadeem. An original piece speculating on the silence of women (and the self-silencing of dementia) as a trauma response.
2022 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
Our judging panel has now selected the shortlist for the 2022 Prize. As is customary, the names of the shortlisted authors will be revealed when the winner is announced on or before November 15th.
LONGLISTED AUTHORS NAMES REVEALED!
Congratulations to all long listed authors whose names can now be revealed. We hope to publish most if not all longlisted submissions in the coming months.
This year we limited the number of long listed entries to just 16 in order to reduce the time burden on our judges so that each essay got the attention it deserved. The judges remarked on the excellent quality of the submissions and on the difficulty of compiling the shortlist.
We would like to thank and congratulate all the contestants who entered this year. The standard was exceedingly high and we would urge those who are disappointed to keep writing and enter again in coming years.
ANNOUNCING THE 2022 PANEL OF JUDGES
This year the prize is being awarded for NON-FICTION so our judging panel features non-fiction authors, journalists and editors. Follow the link below for more information about our judges.
ANNOUNCING THE 2021 WINNER
The Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women is pleased and proud to announce that the Award for 2021 goes to writer Alia Ahmed for her short story NAJMA. Alia will receive a cash award of Rs.100,000.
2021 SHORTLISTED AUTHORS
We can now reveal the names of the authors whose stories made the 2021 shortlist.
The winning and shortlisted submissions will be published on our website in December and selected longlisted stories, soon afterwards.
Raniya Hosain is the winner of the 2020 Prize for her submission PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN IN PAIN. Also Highly Commended are Ayesha Arbab, Tooba Masood-Khan, Sara Khan, Yumna Baloch and Angbeen Abbas. All shortlisted submissions are available to read
2019 AWARD CEREMONY
See photos and videos of our with novelist Kamila Shamsie making the presentation to the Winner Maham Javaid and recipient of our Special Citation,Sadia Khatri.
Karachi literati in attendance ...