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The Salam Award for 2017 will be judged by the following renowned figures of the science fiction world:

Jeff VanderMeer: Jeff VanderMeer is the NY Times bestselling author of the Southern Reach Trilogy. He has won the World Fantasy award, Nebula Award, and Shirley Jackson Award, among others, and his work has been translated into 36 languages. As an editor, he has published the work of Amos Tutuola, Karin Tidbeck, Leena Krohn, and many other international writers More About Jeff


Usman Malik: Usman Malik is a Pakistani writer of strange stories. His work has won the Bram Stoker and British Fantasy awards, been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, twice for the Nebula Award, and appeared in several Year’s Best anthologies. He resides in two worlds, but you can find on Twitter @usmantm More about Usman


Mahvesh Murad:
Mahvesh Murad is a science fiction critic, columnist and editor of anthologies such as Apex Book of World SF 4 and the upcoming The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories (Solaris Books). She is also the host of’s weekly interview podcast Midnight in Karachi More about Mahvesh


Additional Critique and Guidance:

In addition to the judges, the winning story will also be reviewed by:

Ann VanderMeer for critique and possible acquisition for a high tier science fiction magazine

Ann VanderMeer is an award-winning editor & anthologist. She currently serves as an acquiring editor for and Weird Fiction Review and is the Editor-in-Residence for Shared Worlds, a Science Fiction and Fantasy writing camp for high school students. Her latest anthologies include The Time Traveler’s Almanac, Sisters of the Revolution, and The Big Book of Science Fiction.

Seth Fishman for market guidance

Seth joined The Gernert Company in 2010 after beginning his career as an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. Born in Midland, Texas, he graduated from Princeton University and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. His interests are wide-ranging, but in particular he’s looking for the new voice, the original idea, the entirely breathtaking creative angle in both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son, and is the author of two books of YA fiction and three forthcoming picture books. His clients include Ann Leckie, Liu Cixin, and Daryl Gregory among others.

Our editor and agent reviewers for 2018 are Diana Pho of Tor and Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary respectively. The judges for 2018 will be announced later this year.