Farah Ahamed's short fiction and essays have been published in Ploughshares,The Massachusetts Review, The Mechanics' Institute Review among others. Her stories explore how culture, religion, and politics constrain and determine the lives of ordinary people. One set of stories is based in East Africa, another in Pakistan. She also has a novel about a traditional sweet shop set in the back streets of Lahore.
She was shortlisted for the 2019 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 and novel inspired by Lahore.
An advocate for ending period poverty, her anthology on menstruation experiences in South Asia will be published by Pan Macmillan, India in 2021. It carries essays by Shashi Tharoor, Shashi Deshpande, and art from Anish Kapoor, Rupi Kaur, and Sarah Naqvi. It also documents the challenges faced by women who are homeless, in asylums, in prison as well as in occupations which put them at the margins.
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:
My poem Thin Air, in Middle of the Sentence, The Common Breath Anthology, Scotland
Review of Kuzhali Manickavel's This is Us and This is Us Outside ,Out of Print, India
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)
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)