Farah Ahamed's short fiction and essays has been published in Ploughshares,The Massachusetts Review, Comma Press, and Kwani?. Her stories are bound by an overall sense of oppression and rebellion and explore how culture, religion, and politics constrain and determine the lives of her characters. The stories range in time from the early days of independence in East Africa to the present.
Recently she was shortlisted for the Primadonna Festival Writing Award, and longlisted for the Canadian CBC Books Short Story Award. Previously, she was joint winner of the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and highly commended in the London Short Story Prize. Her essays and stories have been shortlisted for the Thresholds Essay Prize, Screen Craft Prize, SI Leeds Literary Prize, DNA/Out of Print Award, and The Asian Writer Short Story Prize. She has been nominated for The Pushcart and Caine prizes.
Farah is a lawyer with a Diploma in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She was born in Kenya and has lived in Nairobi, Vancouver, Kampala, London and Bilbao. She is currently between London and Lahore, working on a short story collection inspired by Lahore. She is also compiling an anthology on menstruation experiences in South Asia which will be published by Pan Macmillan, India.
Her Udemy course 'Read like a writer and write a short story' can be found here.
You can read some of Farah's stories and essays here:
Sugra, The Mechanics Institute Review, Birbeck, University of London
Essay: A Paper Boat on the Ganges, Kitaab,
Essay: Staring at Statues,Kitaab (South Asian Journal)
Inaugural Primadonna Prize Shortlist
Essay: Menstruation in Fiction, Ploughshares (Emerson College, USA)
The Salehs, shortlist, Screen Craft Award (USA)
Poached Eggs, joint winner inaugural Gerald Kraak Award, Pride and Prejudice Anthology, The Other Foundation,(South Africa)
A Clump of Nsenenes, shortlist, Sunderland Waterstones Short Story Award (UK)
A Safe Place, shortlist, British Asian Writer Award, Dividing Lines Anthology, Dahlia Press(UK)
Poached Eggs, shortlist, London Short Story Award Anthology, Kingston University Press (UK)
Raag Marwa, The Missing Slate (Pakistan)
One of us, Two Serious Ladies (USA)
Dr Patel, Out of Print, nominated for Caine Prize,(India)
Life will be better, Daily News Analysis, finalist Out of Print/DNA Competition (India)
Red is For Later, Behind the Yellow Wall Paper Anthology; Celebrating the work of Charlotte Parker Gilman, New Lit Salon Press, (USA), nominated for Pushcart Prize
Serves them right: A collection of stories, shortlis, SI Leeds Literary Prize (UK)
1972, Kwani? (Kenya), nominated for Caine Prize
Just a Name, anthology, Bridge House Press (UK)
No Sanctuary, anthology,Fey Publishing (USA)