The administrators said:
We are so thrilled and grateful to read new work every year that expands our understanding of what fantasy and imaginative fiction from Pakistan can be. This year was no different, and a remarkably difficult one to judge. We are amazed by the breadth of talent we encounter.
Other finalists and honorable mentions are:
- “Ignition” by Khizer Abbas
- “The Calls” by Zunaira Nadeem
- “Nameless” by Mehr-un-Nisa Waheed
- “Custody” by Mujtaba Ayub
- “We All Return to the Sea” by Mashal Faraz Shamsi
The winner receives:
- A cash prize of Rs 50,000
- Story will be published on the Salam Award website
- Review by an established literary agent for market guidance and possible representation
- An editorial review by a professional editor for critique and potential publication in a multi-award winning science fiction magazine
The award judges were Indra Das, Malka Older, and Saad Z. Hossein.
[Via Locus Online.]