By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
On the anniversary of Sadegh Hedayat's birthday last month, the Hedayat office in Tehran, in collaboration with the Sokhan website and the Iran Artists' Forum (Khaneh Honnarmandan Iran), staged the Third Sadegh Hedayat Short Story Award.
The ceremony started with a speech by Mr Jahangir Hedayat, the nephew of the late Sadegh Hedayat and the head of the Hedayat Office in Tehran, who introduced the guest speaker, the well known scholar Mr. Mojanie who gave a talk about the three roles that a writer has in Persian Literature.
Later we learned that the award committee had received more than 500 stories, even though only one story could be sent by each author. The selection was made in two stages. At the first stage, a short list of twenty stories were selected from all the ones that the award committee had received, and this hard task befell on to two well known literary figures: The well known writer and artist Ms. Nahid Kabiri and Mr. Houshang Ashourzadeh. Interestingly 70% of the authors were male and they were mostly Iranians; nearly 50% lived and worked in Tehran; but writers from Afghanistan and Tajikistan were also represented; and the women sent only 30% of the short stories.
Next Mr. Hedayat thanked Mr. Solaymaninie of the website Sokhan for his personal and the site's extensive support for this award and for the ceremony, as well as the Iran Artists' Forum Managers and staff and Mr Ramin Jahnbegloo, Mr. Hossein Ghadimi and Esmaeel Jaaffari. He then stated that many people have published Hedayat's work without permission, often abridged and with many mistakes. The family and the Hedayat Office have many of the original prints and they hope to be able to offer the public the true and complete set of Hedayat's work.
Then Mr. Jahangir Hedayat and Ms. Mahin Bahrami-the winner of first Sadegh Hedayat Award- presented the three finalists best writers with the award: a book by Farahang Moein, a set of Ahmad Mahmoud books plus a gold medallion. These winners were:
The winner of the 3rd Sadegh Hedayat Award who received the award statuette was Mrs. Omir Tajedine Riyazi for the story Obour va Morour (Traffic).
The ceremony was attended by many well known figurers in literature, art and social scene
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