Hendrix College student Anushah Jiwani recently won the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum’s fourth annual Short Fiction Contest for her story "Broken Tasbihs."
An English and international relations double major, Jiwani was selected from a field of submissions from undergraduate students at public and private institutions in the state of Arkansas.
Jiwani was an editorial intern for the Readers’ Map of Arkansas project and for the Oxford American magazine. Last summer she served as a communications intern for PEN America in New York.
She recently took honors in the Southern Literary Festival Competition and won third place in the statewide Jeannie Dolan Carter 2017 Collegiate Poetry Contest sponsored by the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas.
Most of Jiwani’s writing centers on the duality of her Pakistani-American identity.
Regarding her story, the contest judge said she was a writer who knows how to bring characters and places alive through the careful and articulate use of imagery, but can also deliver the story in a compelling language and with fine attention to important technical matters like sentence structure and variety.
"Also important, of course, is the story’s subject: identity and the struggle to both understand and come to terms with being a person of more than one culture," a contest judge said. " ‘Broken Tasbihs’ is absorbing throughout and bespeaks a writer deserving of the prize."
Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix has been featured in "Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges" and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation and value.
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