His Story

Ali Jawad Zaidi was an Urdu poet and polyphonic scholar. He wrote several books of ghazals and nazms apart from research based texts such as A History of Urdu Literature and Uttar Pradesh ke Marsiyago and several others. He also wrote commentary on a wide range of subjects, publishing significant books like Do Adbi School and Islami Taraqqi Pasandi. He had been honoured with several awards including the Padmashri, the Ghalib Award, the Mir Anis award and others. He had been working on a project he called 'Urdu mein Ramkatha' when he passed away.


A History of Urdu Literature


Islami Taraqqi Pasandi

Padma shri

for contribution to Urdu Literature


The 4th Annual Jawad Memorial Prize for Urdu-English translation, 2021 is now OPEN for submissions.

We request translators to please submit translations into English of a single (already published) Urdu short story. While there isn't any word limit, please refrain from exceeding 10,000 words as that no longer constitutes a short story.

Deadline: July 31st, 2021

Step 1: Read the prize rules and details

Step 2: Register for this year's competition

Step 3: We will contact you with further information via the email provided

Step 4: Submit your translation for review

Jawad memorial prize