Dur e Aziz Amna

Writer, Traveller



I'm a Pakistani writer based between Rawalpindi and Ann Arbor. My work has appeared in the Financial TimesLongreads, Roads & Kingdoms, Dawn, and Himal Southasian, among others. I won the 2019 Financial Times / Bodley Head Essay Prize, with an e-book publication by Penguin. I have been a recipient of fellowships from Aspen Words and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

I graduated from Yale College in 2015 and am currently an MFA candidate at the Helen Zell Writers' Program, where my debut novel-in-progress has won the Hopwood and Busch Prizes. 

I am represented by Matthew Turner at Rogers, Coleridge & White




"A Cold Heart," Himal Southasian, January 2020

  • Shortlisted for the 2019 Himal Southasian Short Story Competition

"Ordinary," December 2019

  • Shortlisted for the 2019 Zeenat Haroon Rashid Story Prize

"Asma,London Magazine, April 2018

  • 2017 London Magazine Short Story Competition, 2nd Place

Personal Essay

"Your Tongue is Still Yours," Financial Times, November 2019

  • 2019 Financial Times / Bodley Head Essay Prize Winner (e-book link)

"House on Mayo Road,Longreads, November 2018

"American Smile," The Offing, June 2018

Food & Culture


Sri Lanka: "Teardrop in the Indian Ocean," The News, March 2019

Myanmar: "At Home in Burma," The News, March 2019

Vietnam: "Vietnam's Heart," The News, March 2019

Cambodia: "In the Land of Angkor Kings," The News, February 2019

Indonesia: "Javanese Days," The News, February 2019

Colombia: "Amethyst Afternoons in Cartagena," The News, April 2018

Portugal: "The Island No One Told You About," The News, April 2018

Book Reviews

"An Ode to Innocence," The News, June 2018

"Speaking Truth to Empire," The News, April 2018


"Yours and Mine," Annual of Urdu Studies Volume 28, 2013

Literary Criticism

"Requiem: Agha Shahid Ali’s Last Canzone," Mad Heart Be Brave, University of Michigan Press, 2017

"Postcolonial London," Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism Volume XIII, Spring 2015

Other Honors

Longlisted, Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, 2020
Busch Prize in Fiction, University of Michigan, 2020
Hopwood Prize in Novel, University of Michigan, 2020
Hopwood Prize in Nonfiction, University of Michigan, 2020
Wagner Prize in Nonfiction, University of Michigan, 2020
Longlisted, Commonwealth Short Story Prize, 2019
Emerging Writers Fellowship, Aspen Words, 2018
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Scholarship, Catapult Writing Workshop, 2018


©2020 by Dur e Aziz Amna. Photo by Nelson Pinheiro.