Writer. Filmmaker. Seasteader. I power brands with design, strategy & storytelling. Editor, Publisher @ Mithila Review.
Salik Shah is an Indian science fiction writer and filmmaker. His work has been nominated for Toto Awards, Kumaon Literary Festival’s Fellows of Nature, and one of his short stories appears in a course syllabus at SOAS University in London. He is the founding editor of Mithila Review, Asia’s leading science fiction and fantasy journal with media appearances in prominent publications around the world. He is a true seasteader at heart— his writings explore alternate futures, fluid identities and open movement across shifting geographies and borders. He has a degree from Film and Television Institute of India, and has written a feature film, and produced videos and documentaries.
A former journalist and copyeditor with The Miami Herald International, he has led youth awareness and engagement campaigns for leading international brands and social causes. His poetry, fiction and nonfiction has appeared in literary and science publications around the world including Himal Southasian, Hindustan Times, Open Democracy, SciDev.Net, The Statesman, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Juggernaut, New Myths, Vayavya, La.lit, and Locus Magazine.
“Khas Pidgin,” his bilingual poetry chapbook, and an illustrated picture book, “Story of India’s Partition,” are now available on Apple and Kindle stores.
Salik Shah is a highly-skilled, multidisciplinary, resourceful, media-agnostic content architect and creative director with an excellent track record of delivering elegant, result-oriented branding, design and communication solutions to a diverse set of clients including media, advertising, IT/Consulting and Venture Capital firms.
He is the founding editor and publisher of Mithila Review, an international science fiction and fantasy magazine. Mithila Review has been featured/mentioned in several prominent publications including Wired, Boing Boing, Tor, Hindustan Times, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Elle, among others. Award nominations include Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award.
In his previous avatar, he served as an account director and creative leader at a global content marketing firm in New Delhi. A dropout and self-taught media professional with something like a degree from Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, he started his career with a digital media startup in Kathmandu, and went on to copyedit an American broadsheet daily before switching to advertising.
As a writer, editor, video producer, project manager, creative and account director, he has worked with leading media and advertising houses in Asia, Europe and America for startups and multinational clients.
His speaker deck about the new rules of brand engagement has trended on SlideShare with 45K+ views. He has written and designed fundraising pitches and presentations for the biggest venture capital firms and IT/Consulting companies in South Asia. He helped solve brand identity crisis of agencies like Mindworks Global Media^ and Janus Koncepts, and multinational real estate firms like Shreevaas Infrastructure.^
As a filmmaker, he has co-written a feature film starring Rekha Thapa; worked for National Geographic and Hallmark Channel, and produced dozens of videos for entertainment portals like Bollywood Hungama, including the making of Shahrukh Khan starrer Ra.One for Fahrenheit Films.
His fiction, poetry and nonfiction appear in leading science, literary and media publications, including Opendemocracy (UK), SciDev (UK), Asimov’s Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Locus Magazine (US), Vayavya and Juggernaut (India), La.lit and Himal Southasian (Nepal), etc. See bibliography.
I believe content is power and define ‘creativity’ as elegant problem-solving. Driven by a quest for excellence, I am constantly looking for ways to understand, innovate and amplify the art of branded content and storytelling. I work as a freelance consultant; power startups and Fortune 500 brands with high-impact design thinking: communication, identity, strategy.
I’m currently looking to establish result-driven, terrific working relationships with a couple of new clients. I love to use my knowledge of branded storytelling, copy/writing, editing, and design to help solve real problems in order to achieve clear milestones and financial goals. I deeply care about people, and this customer-first value system has served me and my clients very well over the years. See portfolio / case studies: http://salikshah.com/portfolio/
My passion for customer-centric elegant problem-solving has helped me create memorable brand conversations with highly-engaged customers for my clients. If you’re looking for a solid content marketing professional with a disciplined approach to content + design, either for a single project or long-term engagement, let’s start talking!
Photograph by Neelu Singh / 2017