Fiza Pathan has a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of Mumbai, where she majored in history and sociology, gaining a First Class. She also has a bachelor’s degree in education, again with a First Class, her special subjects being English and history.
Fiza has written thirteen award-winning books and short stories, which reflect her interest in furthering the cause of education and in championing social issues. In over seventy literary competitions, she has placed either as winner or finalist.
In 2018 she placed in fifteen literary awards, chief among them: 2018 Digital Book World Winner Best Book (Short Stories); 2018 Digital Book World Finalist Best Book (Social Issues); Killer Nashville 2018 Silver Falchion Award Finalist Best Short Story; 2018 IAN Book of the Year Awards Winner – Outstanding Fiction LGBTQ; 2018 Montaigne Medal Finalist (Part of Eric Hoffer Award); 2018 Shelf Unbound Competition for Best Independently Published Book – Notable Indie; and 2018 Dan Poynter’s Global E-book Awards Winner (Silver Medal).
In 2019 she placed in the 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards – Finalist General Non-Fiction; 2019 Global E-Book Award – Honorable Mention Memoirs (Non-Fiction); and 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards – Honorable Mention in Chapter Books (three awards) and Memoirs.
She was a Finalist in the 2020 DBW Awards in Non-Fiction.
She lives with her maternal family and writes novels and short stories in most genres.
Personal website https://fizapathan.com/
Blogs at https://insaneowl.com
Twitter handle @FizaPathan
Awards and Recognition
- 2018 DBW Awards Winner - Best Book Short Stories 2018 DBW Awards Finalist - Best Book Social Issues 2018 IAN Book Of The Year Awards Winner - Outstanding Fiction LGBTQ Killer Nashville 2018 Silver Falchion Award - Finalist - Best Short Story 2018 Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal Winner - Fiction - Gay/Lesbian/LGBT 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards - 2nd Place Winner - LGBT (E-Book) 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards - Honorable Mention - Family Matters 2018 Montaigne Medal Finalist (Eric Hoffer Book Award) 2018 Shelf Unbound Competition for Best Independently Published Book - Notable Indie 2018 Independent Press Award - Distinguished favorite in LGBTQ Fiction 2018 San Francisco Book Festival - Winner in category Gay 2018 International Book Awards - Finalist in Fiction - LGBTQ category 2018 Book Excellence Award - Finalist in LGBTQ Fiction 2018 American Fiction Award - Finalist in LGBTQ 2018 Book Viral Millennium Book Awards - Long listed 2017 The Wishing Shelf Bok Awards - Red Ribbon
- 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards – Finalist General Non-Fiction; 2019 Global E-Book Award – Honorable Mention Memoirs (Non-Fiction); and 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards – Honorable Mention in Chapter Books (three awards) and Memoirs. 2020 DBW Awards Finalist in Non-Fiction.