"Today, we are in need of cultural commanders and Sacred Defense writers are such commanders," added Reza Hajiabadi in an interview with IBNA.
He said the festival is arranged jointly by Hezareh Ghoghnous, Safir Ardahal and Naghsh Pouya publications.
The closing ceremony of the festival was held on September 29 parallel with the Sacred Defense week in the presence of Hojataleslam Meisam Amroudi, cultural advisor of Tehran's mayor, and a number of emerging Sacred Defense writers at Arasbaran Culture Center.
At the beginning of his speech, Hajiabadi revered the memories of the war worriers and stated that the festival was the first private festival held in its own kind in the country.
He went on to say that the event was arranged by the founding board of Sacred Defense publishers' community and a group of private publishers.
"The destiny of the war was formed as civilians entered the war and the Sacred Defense culture will remain in their hands," he asserted.
He expressed hope that the further editions of the festival be held better.
Ghoghnous will publish the select works of the festival in the form of a book.
After Hajiabadi, Mohammad Javad Jazini, secretary of the festival, delivered a speech in which he said "wars are mingled with hardship and difficulty and writers reach the deepest parts of the wars to reflect the human conditions."
"war fiction literature is usually scribed in two parts: the beginning and end of the war and the war aftermath," he added.
As he said, the stories which focus on the war as it goes on are referred to as promotional stories and are meant to excite readers to partake in the strikes. On the other hand, he added, the analytic part of the literature is the part which concerns the events and happenings prior to the war. This is the more interesting and important part of the literature.
Compiler of Khoramshahr Bibliography assessed the present Sacred Defense story writing condition in Iran and posited that Iran's literature has been negligent to the analysis of human conditions of the war due to different reasons.
"Pure Sacred Defense literature should be created by the people," he insisted, "among the screened works, there are stories which provide a good description of the human conditions of the war."
The panel of judges of the festival announced that of the 267 submitted works to the secretariat of the festival, 35 works made it to the second round of assessments.
At the end of the ceremony the winners of the festival's award were announced.
One of the winners was IBNA's public relations manager Yaser Samavat for his work In the Name of the Son.