Previous Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize Winners

2018 WINNERS (Vol. 4, Winter 2018)

The winning pieces are:

Non Fiction

1st Place: “Through the Dome,” by Safia Hattab (Hope College)

Check out this piece on Stateside (Michigan NPR) about Safia and her winning essay!

2nd Place: “From Kandahar, With Love,” by Maryam Bargzie (California State University)

Honorable Mention: “All Kinds of Kinds,” by Rahat Huda (Middlebury College)


1st Place: “Meditation on Birth and Identity” & “This Poem Changes Nothing,” by Threa Almontaser (North Carolina State University)

2nd Place: “i slam,” by Parmida Mostafavi (Duke University)

Honorable Mention: “Generational Burden,” by Haneen Awadalla (San José State University)

2017 WINNERS (Vol. 3, Winter 2017)

Oakland Arts Review is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Poetry and Nonfiction.  The contest invited undergraduates currently enrolled in degree-granting colleges in the United States to submit their best essays and poems that address the experience of being Muslim in America. The winning pieces are:

Non Fiction

1st Place: “Citizen,” by Dalia Elhassan (The New School)

2nd Place: “Al-Kafirah (The Unbeliever),” by Mahalia Sobhani (Northwestern University)


1st Place: “Echoes,” by Ameena Chaudry (University of Iowa)

2nd Place: “Untitled,” by Sena Cebeci (Princeton University)

Honorable Mention: “Careful,” by Zaynab Zaman (Princeton University)