Taimur Ahmad Wins 2017 Dell Magazine Award

Taimur Ahmad in 2012

Taimur Ahmad in 2012

Taimur Ahmad has won the 2017 Dell Magazine Award with his story “Noor.”

The Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing is given to the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student.

The winner receives a $500 prize and is invited, all expenses paid, to the Conference on the Fantastic. The winning story will be published in print or online by Asimov’s Science Fiction.

In addition to winning, Ahmad received honorable mention for another entry in this year’s contest. He received an honorable mention in last year’s contest as well. A promising writer, Ahmad is a past recipient of the Lunarians’ Donald A. & Elsie B. Wollheim Memorial Scholarship to attend Clarion West.

Winner: “Noor,” by Taimur Ahmad of Princeton University

First Runner-up: “The Food of Love,” by Claire Spaulding, Columbia University

Second Runner-up: “Questions for Oretta,” by Alexandra Barr, University of Alberta

Third Runner-up: “Braidwood Rings,” by Pearl Lorentzen, University of Alberta

Honorable Mention: “Everyone is Split,” by Taimur Ahmad, Princeton University

Honorable Mention: “Everything, in Both Hands,” by Alina Sichevaya, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Honorable Mention: “Protagonist,” by Gian-Paul Bergeron, Yale University

Honorable Mention: “Storm & Splinter,” by Marcella Haddad, Arcadia University

Honorable Mention: “Ravenous Things,” by Sarah Goldman, Bryn Mawr College