In our three year publishing life, as İlkyaz we’ve been able to bring to light and unite over 300 young writers, under the age of 35 and some even under 15 years of age! We created joint ventures with them, provided honorariums, amplifying their insights to nearly 7thousand readers on average a month, translating our main pieces to English so the world has a window into young literature of Turkey. This all thanks to the contributions and support of Norwegian PEN and PEN International.
Next up we have a new podcast in the works and a series of individual meetings with the young writers in our groups to consult them about the future of this young writers union and decide on a best course together.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to read, you can reach the last issue’s writings here.
Don’t forget to check out our new writers under the age of 15 in “15-“, the archive of stories from everyday lives in “Human Portraits”, and the collaborative work of young writers and artists at “Literature +
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This month’s reading recommendations for young writers comes from internationally acclaimed writer and activist Margaret Atwood!
MAIN WRITERS FOR ISSUE #31
I decided to become a carpet at the age of 6. Our little home in Bakırköy was decorated with a range of carpets my mother brought as dowry from Tabriz. My mother loved her carpets more than anyone and some days would talk to them, remembering the old times. Each of them are completely different.
About the author: I was born in İstanbul in 1999, currently studying history at Boğaziçi University.
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I arrived eluding elite love affairs
I punctured through grief hard as nails
Jinda, there is a gutter’s distance left
until I overflow at your door
About the author: I was born in Şırnak/İdil 02.02.2002. Currently living in İstanbul. My interest in poetry began in middle-school. I’m a high school graduate.
Diluşka got caught by mirrors
She was left with her hair wearing out autumn’s colors
Diluşka had a way of living, the world like a great flaw
She searched Matryoshkas for a tangible answer
Diluşka found meaning in herself through Matyroshkas
What else could she do but evade mirrors
About the author: Born on June 1st 1994 in Beyoğlu. Education at the Aviation Army Academy was cut short due to political reasons, he continues his life in Germany. His poems were published in various literary magazines such as . His poem “Wooden Suitcase” was included with a German translation at the anthology titled “Alte Hoffnungen Neue Träume” published by Dünya Verlag