Fiction MFA Wins Prose Award
smoke the shisha when you’re waiting for him to come home after he’s gone down
on his Lithuanian girlfriend. She has a thin nose and blue eyes. You smell her
on his breath—a scent strangely like the papaya-flavored tobacco you smoked
Sahar Mustafah, MFA student in the Fiction Writing Department, has won the
first place Guild Literary Complex Prose Award for Fiction for her story
“Shisha Love.” Her prize was announced at a reading and awards ceremony held at
the Chopin Theatre on October 24. A monetary award accompanied the honor. Sahar
started her story in a fiction writing class taught by Chris DeGuire.
For more than 20 years, the Guild Literary Complex has been a community- based
literary organization presenting and supporting diverse, divergent, and
emerging voices through innovative programs including performances and
Previous winners of awards from the organization have included Fiction Writing
alumi Chelsea Laine Wells and Robert W. Hobson. Originating in her Prose Forms
class, “Into the Eye of You” by Wells won a non-fiction award in 2005 and was
published in Hair Trigger 28; Hobson’s “Camel in the Wire,” a story about an incident
that happened in Kuwait, nine years after the ’91 war, won in 2011.
Please join the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago in
extending our heartfelt congratulations to this talented student.