The SHAHERAZAD AWARD for LITERARY ACHIEVING MUSLIMS (SALAM) is an award that recognizes works of fiction that showcase literary excellence in the Muslim space. Nominated books must have been published: (1) before the calendar year of the award, (2) be written by a Muslim and in majority English, and (3) have a Muslim or Islamic focal point.
We limit entries to one (1) per person, and no purchase is necessary. SALAM defines published as any work entered into the commercial market with the intent to sell, regardless of the process. This includes works that have been self, indie, or traditionally published. International entrants are accepted so long as they follow the above requirements. SALAM defines before the calendar year as previously published; e.g., a book published in 2018 can enter for a 2026 SALAM award.
SALAM has three winners: Rainbow, the highest form of recognition; Silver; and Fan Favorite, with authors receiving a monetary compensation of 200, 100, and 50 USD, respectively, in addition to a cover sticker for their winning entry. Should winners use a non-USD currency, monetary equivalence will be determined at the time of the award's deliverance.
We have the right to refuse to award any or all awards despite receiving nominations.
SALAM is currently not open.