About the Author

Sabah’s short stories have been shortlisted and published in various competitions organised internationally by Commonwealth Writers (Plaine Verte), Goethe Institute South Africa (Tara’s Hair), Odd Voice Out Press (Size of Rice), and Bristol Short Story Prize (The Evil in Me). One of her nonfiction pieces (Dismantling Life) was also a semi-finalist in the Gabriele Rico Challenge for Creative Nonfiction, published in Reed Magazine in 2020.

Sabah has been on the panel of judges for three consecutive years for the African Writers Award in the nonfiction category. She also delivered the keynote speech on Cultural Stereotypes in African Literature at the African Writers Festival held in Nairobi in 2019. She has a PhD in Genocide Studies and Prevention with a focus on the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge era. Recently she was awarded the W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose Fellowship for a MFA in Creative Writing in the United States.

Selected Work

Short Stories

‘The Evil in Me’ in Bristol Short Story Prize 2019, Volume 12, (Tangent Books, UK)

‘Size of Rice’ in Odd Voices: An Anthology of Not So Normal Narrators (Odd Voice Out Press, UK) 2020

‘Plaine-Verte’ in So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Pacific (Saqi Books, UK) 2018

‘Tara’s Hair’ in Water Birds on the Lakeshore (Ouida Books, Lagos) 2019


'The Classroom' in SpillWords

'The Rope' in Dissident Voice

'Have You Engaged with the Sea' in Setu

'I Promise Not To Steal Your Words' in Conestoga Zen

'Black Dog' in Jalada in Issue 9 of Nostalgia

Creative Nonfiction

'Dismantling Life' in Reed Magazine, No. 153, 2020

'Being Marxist, Being Santiago' in The Bangalore Review, July 2015

Scholarly Work

(2020) Sabah Carrim “Reconsidering the Classification of Perpetrators in instances of Genocide and Mass Atrocity: A focus on the Khmer Rouge Era.” Review of Human Rights 6(1): 1-23.

(2018) Sabah Carrim “The Legacy of Hannah Arendt’s Banality of Evil” Review of Human Rights 3(1) Winter 2017, 43-66

(2021) Sabah Carrim “Book Review: It Could Happen Here” LSE Review of Books, 3 August 2021

(2020) Sabah Carrim “Arts & Literature: The Grey Zone.” Genocide Studies and Prevention Vol. 14 Iss. 3: 3–10

Reviews of Sabah's Work