Shubnum Khan is a South African author and artist. Her first novel, Onion Tears was shortlisted for the Penguin Prize for African Writing and the University of Johannesburg Debut Fiction Prize. Her collection of travel stories, How I Accidentally Became a Global Stock Photo and Other Strange and Wonderful Stories was published in South Africa and India in 2021.
Her articles have been published with HuffPost, O the Oprah Magazine, The Sunday Times and Marie Claire. Her creative work has been published in New Contrast, Saraba Magazine, Portside Review and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. She has published short stories in South African anthologies Instant Exposure, Hair and upcoming with Jonathan Ball Publishers in late 2021.
She has a degree in Media Studies and an MA in English from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a writing fellow at OMI’s Ledig House in New York, the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai and is the recipient of the Octavia Butler Fellowship from Jack Jones Literary Arts. She was shortlisted for the Miles Moreland Writing Scholarship for African Writers and selected as a Mellon Fellow at Stellenbosch University.
She is currently working on her second novel and a collection of micro memoirs about love. She takes private art commissions and freelances as a writer. When she is not travelling, she lives in Durban.