Shubnum Khan is a South African author and artist. Her first novel, Onion Tears about the lives of three generations of Indian Muslim women in South Africa was shortlisted for the Penguin Prize for African Writing and the University of Johannesburg Debut Fiction Prize.

She has published articles with The Huffington Post South Africa, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Sunday Times, Marie ClaireThe Big Issue and The Times.

Her fiction has been published in Instant Exposure, Flash the Short Story Magazine (UK), Ajar (Vietnam), Cappalens Forslag (Norway), New Contrast (South Africa), Saraba Magazine (Nigeria) and upcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (USA).

She is a writing fellow at OMI’s Ledig House in New York and the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai. Most recently she was a recipient of the Octavia Butler fellowship with Jack Jones Literary Arts. She was shortlisted for the Miles Moreland Writing Scholarship for African Writers. In 2019 she was selected as a Mellon Fellow at Stellenbosch University.

She’s currently working on her second novel, a collection of micro memoirs, and essays of her strange life experiences and new artworks. She lives in Durban where the warmest waters meet the bluest skies. Read a detailed bio here.