ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
The annual short story award named for late Turkish author Sait Faik Abasıyanık has gone to Yalçın Tosun in its 58th year.
Tosun received the award from daily Hürriyet columnist Doğan Hızlan. The author’s award-winning short-story collection “Peruk gibi hüzünlü” (As sad as a wig) was published by the Yapı Kredi Publishing House. The Sait Faik Awards are organized by the Darüşşafaka Society and İş Bank Cultural Publications. The competition jury was chaired by Hızlan and included Hilmi Yavuz, Nursel Duruel, Jale Parla, Metin Celal, Murat Gülsoy and Beşir Özmen. Hızlan said Tosun had already proved his excellence as a writer with his previous publications, and said that apart from being a member of the jury but speaking as a critic he considers Tosun an accomplished short-story writer.
Darüşşafaka Society Chairman Zekeriya Yıldırım said he hoped to be able to present next year’s award in Tosun’s soon-to-be renovated house on Burgazada, one of the Princes’ Islands.