Call for submissions: Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women | Deadline 15 July 2019

Opportunity from Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women:

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 Pakistani Independence, a prize of Rs 100,000 (1 Lakh) will be awarded annually through a competition for writing in English on the subject of Women and Pakistan.

The competition will be open to all women of Pakistani nationality or Pakistani heritage (with NIC or NICOP) aged 18 and above and entries must be original, previously unpublished works in the form of either Memoir, Polemic, Essay or Short Story of no more than 3000 words.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 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 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.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please read the following guidelines closely, and refer to the Prize’s website for full and up to date terms and conditions.

Eligibility

The Competition is open to all women over the age of 18  of Pakistani nationality or Pakistani heritage with a valid NIC, NICOP or Pakistani passport. The competition is open to both professional and unpublished writers. No family member, relative or close associate of Zeenat Haroon Rashid may enter.

Topic

The subject of the competition is WOMEN AND PAKISTAN. Entries may be in the form of Essay, Memoir, Polemic or Short Story. Entries must be in English and be no more than 3000 words in length. Any entry that exceeds the word limit will be disqualified.

Original

The submission must be the individual and original work of a sole author which has not previously been broadcast or published, in print or online. The submitted work may not be a winning or shortlisted work in any other competition or a translation or re-working of a previously published piece by the author or another author’s work. By submitting an entry you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

Submission of Entries

  • The opening date for submission of entries is APRIL 1, 2019 and closing date is JULY 15, 2019. Entries submitted outside these dates will not be considered

  • Only one submission per person is permitted

  • Entries must be submitted via email only to entry@zhrwritingprize.com

  • The submitted work should be a file attached to an email and the FILENAME OF THE ATTACHMENT MUST BE THE TITLE OF THE ENTRY

  • ​The subject heading in the email should be the title of the submitted work

  • The email must contain your NAME, POSTAL ADDRESS, CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER and NIC, NICOP or PASSPORT NUMBER (do not send scans of these documents). Entrants should ensure that these details are not visible on the document containing the work itself.

Format

  • The submitted work should be a separate file attached to an email. The file extensions must be either .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf or .txt file. Photo or scan formats such as jpegs will not be accepted

  • Black 12pt. font of any standard typeface should be used

  • The submitted work should have a TITLE PAGE on which the CATEGORY  (essay, memoir, polemic, short story) is specified and a total WORD-COUNT noted. Please note that poetry will not be accepted. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING MARKS ON THE MANUSCRIPT

Judging

Experienced readers will select a long-list from amongst all valid entries. The short-list will be chosen by a panel of judges who are professional authors, editors or publishers. Shortlisted entries will be published on this website before the winner is chosen by the judging panel. All decisions made by the judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into

Notifications

All entries submitted during the period specified will be acknowledged by automated email. The names of long-listed candidates  will be published on our website on OCTOBER 1, 2019. The shortlisted candidates will be contacted via telephone for a short interview and asked to submit email scans of their ID documents. The shortlisted submissions will be published on our website on NOVEMBER 15, 2019. The winner will be announced on or before DECEMBER 25, 2019 and the prize will be awarded on JANUARY 21, 2020 in Karachi. The winner should be available to travel to Karachi for the event

Prize

The ZHR Writing Prize for Women will award a cash prize of Rs.100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Rupees) to the winner of the competition

Copyright

Worldwide copyright of each piece of writing remains with the author but the ZHR Writing Prize for Women will have the unrestricted right to publish the shortlisted submissions on their website and the winning submission in a national newspaper or magazine (print or online) if appropriate

SUBMISSION OF ENTRY IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THE RULES

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION

THE ZHR WRITING PRIZE FOR WOMEN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO AMEND THESE RULES WHERE IT IS DEEMED NECESSARY TO DO SO

ANY CHANGES TO THE RULES WILL BE POSTED ON THE PRIZE WEBSITE

Enquiries about the Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women should be directed to info@zhrwritingprize.com.

Please always refer to the prize’s website at: https://www.zhrwritingprize.com/ for full details and information.