The winner of the 2024 Commonwealth Short Story Prize has been announced. Find out more.

Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize For Women


The Competition is open to all women over the age of 18  of Pakistani nationality or Pakistani heritage with a valid CNIC, 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 The competition is open to both professional and unpublished writers.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. No previous competition winner may enter for two years subsequent to her win. A submission that has been long listed  for the ZHR Prize in any year may not be re-submitted in a subsequent year.


This year the Prize will be awarded for NONFICTION. Your submission should be a narrative or polemical essay, travelogue, memoir or biography on a theme or subject of your choosing as long as its location and canvas is recognisably Pakistan and its focus is on the country’s culture and society. Entries should be prose writing in English of no more than 3000 words in length. Please note that poetry or fiction will not be accepted.


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

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Enquiries about submissions should be directed to ZHR Writing Prize. Please always refer to their website for complete details and information.

Please note, this competition is run by ZHR Writing Prize, not the Commonwealth Foundation