As part of the celebrations of Shiraz as OIC Youth Capital 2017, award-winning and outstanding short stories were announced at the Short Story Contest ceremony on December 17, with prizes awarded to winners and participants. The Contest was organized by the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Fars Province Authorities and the Hoza Honari Art Center; with the participation of 25 local and international young writers from Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States following the collection of significant international applications.

In workshops on December 18 2017, young writers were given lectures on composing creative stories and effective writing skills. At the end of the workshops, they composed short stories under different themes and were able to receive feedback on their work from a jury and expert lecturers.

At the end of the 2-day programme, the jury announced the Award-Winning and Outstanding Works of the Contest. The Award Winners are as follows:

1st place: Mr. Mirmehdi Agaoglu from Azerbaijan, “The Eighty-Fifth Day”
2nd place: Ms. Atef Saadat Tavasoli from #Iran, “Saturday”
3rd place: Mr. Yusuf Usman, from #Nigeria, “Survivor of the Insurgency”

Short Story Contest Special Acknowledgement Certification

1. Ms. Sevda Mammadova, from #Azerbaijan “The Well of Ignorance”
2. Mr. Yusuf Yusubov, from Azerbaijan “The Tomb of Pigeon”