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Folkloristan x Daastan Writing Contest 2022

Our submissions pile was full of short fiction entries in the genres of historical, ethnographic and folklore-inspired fantasy fiction set in Pakistan. Fifteen of these entries found their way from our mailbox into a book! 

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Stories and smiles are free! Find the winning submissions in Urdu and English below.

Our Story

Our founder once said in an interview to the remarkable collective, Bayt Al Fann, and we quote, "The stories we tell include the people we look up too, the values we wish to inculcate in our children, and the socio-cultural norms we wish to endorse or shun. It keeps our heroes alive, it knits together the scent of our grandma’s, the places we associate as home, and a world of imagination all together."

The power of storytelling is something we not only believe in, but something we hold dear in our hearts. Not only did we want to give a chance to the writers of tomorrow, but our efforts were also inspired by various global initiatives like Diverse Voices, and #OwnVoices etc. Geographically located in South Asia, with low-literacy rates, and a publishing industry in tatters, Pakistan is severely under-represented in global literature. We wished to make a difference.

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