Calling All Literary Activists

Let's Unite To Revive Literature

We are looking for


Someone who can type

and help us digitize offline content

Someone who can design

and create awe-inspiring visuals

Someone who can edit

and polish the manuscripts


Someone who can market

and help us amplify our reach

The applications for the year 2017 are now closed. They will re-open again in Sep 2018.


If Selected, Here Is What We Expect From You






What will I be doing?

You will be working with our core team and help us speed up our day-to-day operations. We will assign you weekly goals which you must meet to stay in the program.

How will you measure my performance?

You are required to INVEST 500 hours in 100 days with 80% efficiency to successfully graduate from the program. If you fail to achieve this minimum performance criteria, you will not be acknowledged as a Literary Fellow.

What is the nature of job?

This is work-from-home type program. You can be based ANYWHERE in Pakistan. All we require is for you to be willing to put your blood and sweat to achieve the goal, i.e. to help the writers make a decent living through their skills.

You will report daily to your captains about the work you did. If you fail to meet the 80% performance efficiency, you will be knocked out from the program.

What Happened In Past?

Our Success Stories

Aroosa Mushtaq Malik


Aroosa was featured on PTV World’s Show ‘World This Morning’. Since graduation, she has had a prolific career as a Content Writer at various organizations.

Kiran Ashraf


She is an experienced education consultant and career counselor. After graduation, she was hired by Synergyzer as content creator.

Mahnoor Naseer


She co-founded The Ancient Souls, was hired in Daastan‘s core team. Currently, serves as the head of English Editorial and Publishing Wing.


Areesh Fatmee


TEDx speaker, award winning debater and the youngest Pakistani free verse poetry writer. We hired her as Director PR after her graduation.

Armin Bilquis


Armin is Daastan’s Youngest Literary fellow who published her English poetry collection titled ‘Melted Kaleidoscopes‘ at the age of 20.


Romessa Ahmad


She is an engineer who resolved our technical issues and soon after graduation, she was invited as ‘Guest of Honor’ in SpeakLit Fest.

Focus Areas

Our Objectives
Details About Program

Urdu Publishing

This time we are going to actively work in this domain. Our objective is to publish 100 books in 100 days. For this, we will be making teams who will find Urdu writers, bring them to Qissa and help them publish their work.

Each team would have five members

  • A team lead from Daastan who would be your captain
  • Someone who can type Urdu manuscripts
  • Someone who can design Urdu covers
  • Someone who can edit Urdu content
  • Someone who can market them

We, as a platform will provide resources, training and connections and the team will be responsible for achieving the goals assigned to them.

English Publishing

Mainly, we need help here in two (02) areas — Editing and Marketing. Our core focus would be to fill in the lacking resources. However, if you have something else to offer which can add value to our platform, we would love to hear it about that.

Note: If you can help us get regional content like Pashtu, Punjabi, Saraiki etc. then APPLY NOW! We need you.

Project Timeline




Applications, interviews, selection and team formation.



Oct’17 – Nov’17

Selected teams will work to achieve their assigned goals




Progress report submission, performance evaluation and results compilation.

What will you achieve?

The Perks

Letter of Recommendation

to help you get a decent job

Media Exposure

to help you expand your network


which will help you build a competitive edge

The Chosen Ones


Typing  Department

  • Rimsha Qazi
  • Navaira Bari
  • Nadia Iftikhar

Design Department

  • Sameen Aziz
  • Maria Qibtia
  • Wajeeha Zia

Editing  Department (Urdu)

  • Asad Ali
  • Ahmed Ali Kaif
  • Qudsia Huzaifa
  • Aiman Mehmood
  • Kosar Naz
  • Kanwar Naeem

Editing  Department (English)

  • Alina Ahmed
  • Sadia Gul
  • Maham Syedain
  • Mishal Ejaz
  • Fatima Bhaiji
  • Zoha Khan

Marketing  Department

  • Syeda Alina Bukhari
  • Mashaal Arifullah
  • Sara Batool
  • Tanzeela K.
  • Hassan Mir
  • Arooha Arif
  • Bakhtawar Tufail

These 24 finalists knocked out 97 applicants and passed two knockout rounds of screening. We are excited to start working with them.

Fellows Officially Start Working