Prof. Annie Zaidi’s body of work includes reportage, essays, fiction, drama, poetry and graphic storytelling. She was awarded the Nine Dots Prize for innovative thinking in 2019.
Her first collection of essays, Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, was nominated for the prestigious Crossword award (non-fiction). She is also the co-author of The Good Indian Girl. She has published literary essays, reportage and columns in several magazines and websites, including Caravan, Republica (Italy), Griffith Review (Australia), Frontline, The Hindu, Scroll, BBC Hindi, Outlook, Mint Lounge, First Post, DNA, Open, Elle, GQ India and Conde Nast Traveller.
She has also published one novel, Prelude to a Riot, a novella, Gulab, and a collection of short fiction, Love Stories # 1 to 14. She is the editor of ‘Unbound: 2000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing’, a multi-genre anthology of select extracts from some of the most significant texts written by Indian women. Another collection, ‘Equal Halves‘, a set of biographical essays about successful women, was also edited by her.
She writes scripts for both screen and stage and won The Hindu Playwright Award 2018 for her play, ‘Untitled 1‘. Her plays ‘Jaal’ and ‘So Many Socks’ have been performed in Mumbai and other cities. The latter script was nominated for the prestigious META awards. Her play ‘Name, Place, Animal, Thing’ was shortlisted for The Hindu Playwright Award, and a radio play, ‘Jam’, was the regional (South Asia) winner for the BBC’s International Playwriting Competition 2011.
Zaidi works as a filmmaker too, and her first documentary film, ‘In her Words: The Journey of Indian Women‘, traces the lives and struggles of women as reflected in their literature. She has written and directed five fictional short films.
She won the Prakriti Prize for Poetry in 2010.