Farah Ahamed

Fiction Writer 

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)

The Primadonna of Anarkali Book Market (listen to me read at 17.15),

Inaugural Primadonna Prize Shortlist

Essay: Menstruation in Fiction, Ploughshares (Emerson College, USA)

We’re Watching You, longlist CBC Short Story Award (Canada)


Essay: The Tyranny of History, finalist Thresholds Award (UK)

The Salehs, shortlist, Screen Craft Award (USA)


The Helper of Cattle, Comma Press Commission for Conradology; Celebrating the work of Joseph Conrad (UK)

Poached Eggs, joint winner inaugural Gerald Kraak Award, Pride and Prejudice Anthology, The Other Foundation,(South Africa)


Author Profile: Reading Sadat Hassan Manto in an age of dislocation, highly commended Thresholds Award (UK)

Author Profile: The breaking of silence: Shashi Deshpande, Thresholds (UK)

The Tabla Player, The Massachusetts Review Special Edition on Music (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)




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