Award-winning author and journalist Tayyaba Syed is the Editorial Publishing Associate for Daybreak Press and a Writing Curriculum Consultant for Whitestone Foundation’s Author Development Program. The University of Illinois at Chicago graduate began as a writer and editor for her Honors College Pre-medicine Journal. In 2009, her writing was selected and featured on National Public Radio. Since then, she has written for numerous publications, both locally and nationally, including Islamic HorizonsAzizahChicago CrescentHalal Consumer and Chicago Parent.

Recently, Tayyaba was awarded 1st place by the Islamic Writers Alliance, Inc., for her short story called The Blessed Bananas. She was also selected by Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar as a panelist for their Writing Women's Lives International Conference in 2016.


Tayyaba co-authored four chapter books in the popular kids’ series called Jannah Jewels. She recently joined Noor Kids as a Creative Developer designing unique plots for their educational books. 


Tayyaba travels extensively to share her passion for reading and writing by conducting literary seminars for all ages. This year, she led a writing-intensive at Zaytuna College in Berkeley for "Muslims Write Now." 

Her debut middle grade novel titled Call Me Mary is scheduled for release at the end of this year.