Sponsored by the Zohra and ZZ Ahmed Foundation and the British Council Pakistan, the Life’s Too Short Short Story Prize was founded by Faiza S Khan and Aysha Raja in 2009 to encourage and promote new Pakistani writing through an open prize inviting entries of under 5,000 words, with winning entries selected by Mohammed Hanif (A Case of Exploding Mangoes), Daniyal Mueenuddin (In Other Rooms, Other Wonders) and Kamila Shamsie (Burnt Shadows).

Pakistan’s biggest short story prize, LTS offers Pk Rs. 100,000 for the winning entry and Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 20,000 for the first and second runners-up. Winning entries, along with selected work, can be found in The Life’s Too Short Review, The Magazine of New Writing from Pakistan, published by Siren Publications in collaboration with the British Council, and retailing at Rs 395 from The Last Word, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. Last years winners were Sadaf Halai for ‘Lucky People’, AA Sheikh for ‘The Six-Fingered Man’ and Rayika Chaudri for ‘Settling Affairs’.

The Life’s Too Short Short Story Prize now invites entries for next year’s prize at lifestooshortentry@gmail.com

Judges: Musharraf Ali Farooqi (The Adventures of Amir Hamza), Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) and Sara Suleri (Meatless Days).

For details of how to enter, please see Rules & Regulations

5 Responses to “About”

  1. Kaukab Shehzadi Says:

    I would like to participate!

  2. hammad Says:

    I should like to subscribe to The Life’s Too Short Literary Review ..


    1. I’m afraid we’re not mailing it out yet, but please do keep an eye on this site for details of it.

  3. Razia Says:

    Any news on when the winners might be announced? I have a serious case of anxiety.

    Please keep your website updated.
    Thank you.


    1. Please pay me a stipend and I shall.

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