ASLIHAN – Ministry keeps names of authors to be funded under wraps

Ministry keeps names of authors to be funded under wraps A new project launched this year by the Culture and Tourism Ministry to boost literary production in Turkey by funding upcoming works by selected Turkish authors is likely to turn into a controversial discussion topic as the ministry is not disclosing the names of the authors to be supported.According to the set of rules governing the new subvention program, published on Dec.

25, 2013, in the Official Gazette, the ministry will grant financial support to 40 works in a variety of literary genres, ranging from novels to short stories and from childrenandrsquos books to essays and poetry.The ministry is granting TL 463,000 in total in the projectandrsquos first year and this amount will be divided among 40 books.

To be eligible, an author has to be a citizen of the Turkish Republic and hisher proposed book should be originally written in Turkish. Authors had from May 22 to June 20 to apply for the fund, whose recipients were chosen from among 290 applicants.

A selection committee made up of ministry bureaucrats finalized its shortlist in a gathering earlier this month, but the ministry is keeping the list of authors under wraps.Film projects and private theater companies have long been receiving financial support from the Culture and Tourism Ministry, which annually announces the names of productions itandrsquos supporting.

However, for the literary project the ministryandrsquos decision to not disclose any names is drawing ire in literary circles, and ministry officials have yet to make an explanation as to the reason behind the secrecy.The deadline for authors to submit their work is November, upon which they will receive the funding.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman