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The Salam Award for 2018 will be judged by the following renowned figures of the science fiction world:

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Elizabeth hand: Elizabeth Hand is the bestselling author of fourteen genre-spanning novels and five collections of short fiction and essays. Her work has received the World Fantasy Award (four times), Nebula Award (twice), Shirley Jackson Award (three times), International Horror Guild Award (three times), the Mythopoeic Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, among other honors, and several of her books have been New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. Her recent, critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes,”[Katherine Dunn]   have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith. She has written numerous novelizations of films, including Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys, and a popular series of Star Wars books for middle grade children. She is a longtime critic and book reviewer whose work appears regularly in the Los Angeles TimesWashington PostSalon and the Boston Review, among many others, and writes a regular column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her books and short fiction have been translated into numerous languages and have been optioned for film and television. Hand is on faculty at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing, and has taught at the Yale Writers Conference, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Provincetown’s Fine Arts Works Center, Clarion and Clarion West, and the Odyssey writers’ workshops. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London.More About Elizabeth


E. Lily Yu: E. Lily Yu received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2012 and the Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2017. Her stories have appeared in venues from McSweeney’s to F&SF, including seven best-of-the-year anthologies, and been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards. Recent work appears in Hazlitt, Terraform, and More about Lily



Anil Menon: Anil Menon’s short fiction have appeared in a variety of international magazines including Albedo One, Interzone, Interfictions, Jaggery Lit Review, Lakeview Review, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Sybil’s Garage and Strange Horizons. His stories been translated into Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, and Romanian. His debut YA novel The Beast With Nine Billion Feet (Zubaan Books, 2010) was short-listed for the 2010 Vodafone-Crossword award and the Carl Baxter Society’s Parallax Prize. Along with Vandana Singh, he co-edited Breaking the Bow (Zubaan Books 2012), an anthology of speculative fiction inspired by the Ramayana. His most recent work, Half Of What I Say, (Bloomsbury, 2015) was shortlisted for the 2016 Hindu Literary Award. He currently resides in India and can be reached at: More about Anil

Additional Critique and Guidance:

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

Our editor and agent reviewers for 2018 are Diana Pho of Tor and Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary respectively.