The 13th edition of the International Ankara Short Story Days, hosting numerous authors from around the world on May 1-5, started on Wednesday in the Turkish capital. Organized in the memory of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, this year's event features a number of literary figures, including Venezuelan writers Maria Alejandra Rojas Sanchez and Juan Manuel Parada Serrano, Bulgarian author Kristin Dimitrova and Italian writer Giuseppe Goffredo, as guests of honor. Turkish writer Pinar Kur, who is also among the event's guests of honor, will be presented an honorary award. The story days will also host other writers from Syria, Russia, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) and the Republic of Southern Cyprus, the event's organizer -- Ankara's Cankaya Municipality -- announced in a press release. The series of events held as part of the story days will be held at the Cankaya Municipality Contemporary Arts Center. Cankaya Mayor Bulent Tanik has expressed his joy in hosting the event, adding that the International Ankara Short Story Days will contribute to cultural dialogue between Turkey and other countries.