Amazon launches its 4th Annual Literary Award for Spanish-language books

  • The contest will award the best original Spanish-language work written by an independent author and published through Kindle Direct Publishing Select
  • The winning book will have the opportunity to be published globally in Spanish by Amazon Publishing and Audible in digital, print and audio formats, and translated into English and published globally in all formats by AmazonCrossing
  • Jury members this year include best-selling authors Ismael Cala, Blanca Miosi and Jordi Sierra i Fabra

SEATTLE, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (May 30, 2017) announced the launch of its 4th Annual Literary Award for Spanish-language books. Independent authors can submit their previously unpublished works through Amazon’s self-publishing service, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), making their stories available to millions of readers around the world and qualifying for the opportunity to have their work published in print and audio, translated into English, and distributed worldwide. Amazon invited top author and coach Ismael Cala, ambassador for the contest in the U.S. and Latin America for the past two years, as well as two new ambassadors — Blanca Miosi, best-selling Latin American author, and Jordi Sierra i Fabra, best-selling Spanish author — to join the jury this year.

From July 1 to August 31, authors can upload their work to Amazon’s KDP service (http://kdp.amazon.com) for global distribution in both digital and print formats. Authors are given full control over the publishing process, from designing the cover to setting the list price, allowing them to earn up to 70 percent in royalties while retaining their books’ copyrights.

To qualify, authors need to make their books exclusively available through Amazon in both print and digital formats. For the Kindle Book it is necessary to enroll the title to KDP Select (benefiting from access to promotional tools and participation in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s eBook subscription service). They must also set their book price at a minimum of US$2.99, include PremioLiterario2017 in the keywords metadata field, and make the book available for sale globally only in all Amazon marketplaces during the award period. Submitted works must be original, unpublished works written in Spanish. The complete rules and the terms and conditions for the contest can be found at: www.amazon.com/premioliterario.

Books will be reviewed based on several criteria, such as creativity, originality, commercial viability and quality of writing. Five finalists will be chosen and out of this group, one will be selected as the winner and have the opportunity to be published in print, digital and audio formats by Amazon Publishing and Audible, as well as translated into English and published in digital, print and audio formats by AmazonCrossing, the Amazon Publishing imprint for translated world literature.

“By encouraging Spanish-language authors to publish and submit titles to our contest, over the past 3 years we have been able to get more than 2,500 works off of authors’ desks and into the hands of readers,” said Charles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing. “We look forward to this award each year, when we spotlight Spanish-language authors from all over the world. We are excited to announce that this year we have added 3 stars to our cast of jury members.”

“Winning the Amazon contest has been like finding the key to a closed door for us,” said Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana, authors of Ningún Escocés Verdadero, the winning book of the 2016 edition. “We intuited what was on the other side but now we can see it. And we hope that with the publication of Ningún Escocés Verdadero with Amazon Publishing we can definitely cross the threshold.”

“It is an honor to join the jury of the Amazon’s Independent Authors Literary Award this year. For two consecutive editions, I have been closely associated with the contest as an ambassador for the U.S. and Latin America, and now as a member of the jury,” said Ismael Cala. “The competition is a great opportunity to promote literary talent in Spanish. To participate is to win.”

“The award for the independent Spanish-language author that Amazon organizes is a tremendous contribution to the talent of so many new writers,” said Blanca Miosi. “I am honored to be a jury member and to join in the effort that this great company brings to literature. I hope many writers enter the prize that will give them a great boost to their careers.”

KDP is a free and seamless way for writers and publishers to make their print and digital books available to readers around the world. All the works taking part in the contest will be available in full on paper through Amazon, or as eBook through the Kindle Store and available for free for Kindle Unlimited customers. Customers will be able to purchase the books participating in the contest in print and digital formats. Enjoy the Kindle Books on any device with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac, and on Kindle e-readers and Fire Tablets.

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Amazon: Ningún Escocés Verdadero by Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana won the Third Indie Literary Prize for Spanish-language

  • More than 1,400 authors from 39 countries participated using Amazon’s self-publishing service Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
  • Ningún Escocés Verdadero, by Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana, from Cartagena, Spain, will be published globally in Spanish by Amazon Publishing, and translated into English and published globally by AmazonCrossing in digital, print and audio formats

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Nov. 10, 2016) announced that Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana, with their title Ningún Escocés Verdadero—a thriller that involves religion, mystery, art and deception—have won the Third Indie Literary Prize for Spanish-language authors worldwide. From July 1 to August 31, more than 1,400 authors from 39 countries entered the contest by uploading their titles to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) (https://kdp.amazon.com). The top countries participating were Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, the U.S. and Argentina, and the books were sold to customers in 71 different countries. To be eligible for the contest, the stories had to be original, unpublished works written in Spanish, and exclusive to Kindle through enrollment in KDP Select. After selecting five finalists, submissions were carefully reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the winning title.

Ningún Escocés Verdadero tells the story of Elías, a private investigator specializing in art-related crimes, who is hired by the Spanish Bishop of Murcia to search for the Cross of Caravaca, stolen in the year 1934. His mission is to restore it in time for an upcoming visit from the Pope. At the same time, Elías is tasked with acquiring a mysterious painting, which also goes missing soon after he purchases it in an auction in Madrid. From there, he meets an enigmatic and beautiful woman who will lead him down a dangerous path to the truth.

“Hope, excitement, restlessness, joy, anxiety and happiness. We have gone through all these emotions throughout the contest, since we submitted the novel until we learned we were the winners,” said authors Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana. “We know where we came from and how hard it was to get here, so now the future seems like a wonderful place.”

“For the third year in a row, we were amazed by the talent participating in the Indie Literary Prize for Spanish-language. It is great to be able to bring amazing characters such as the ones in the thriller Ningún Escocés Verdadero to a broader audience for Spanish readers and, in the future, to English readers as well,” said Charles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing. “This initiative is a great way to make new books available to our growing Spanish-speaking customers worldwide. The incredible engagement we see every year, both in terms of authors and readers, confirms that there are many more books out there that haven’t had a chance to be read and there are millions of readers eager to discover new stories.”

Contest ambassador and best-selling author Ismael Cala, said, “Winning a contest is not a matter of luck, but talent and perseverance. I congratulate the winning authors, the finalists, and all of the participants. Whatever the outcome, all of them have written a book and have made it available to others under the auspices of Amazon. The accomplishment is collective and our history is being added to day by day.”

Ningún Escocés Verdadero will be published globally in Spanish by Amazon Publishing, and translated into English and published globally by AmazonCrossing in digital, print and audio formats. Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana are now part of the group of winners of Amazon’s Indie Literary Prize for Spanish-Language, which also includes Myriam Millán, winner of the prize in 2015 with her book La hija del Dragón; and Jorge Magano, 2014 winner with his title La mirada de piedra. Complete information on the contest, participating titles and terms and conditions can be found at: www.amazon.com/concursoindie.

KDP is a free and seamless way for writers and publishers to make their eBooks available to Kindle readers around the world. Titles enrolled in the contest are available in full in the Kindle Store and most of them are also available for free for Kindle Unlimited customers. All Kindle Books can be read on Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets, and free Kindle reading apps for computers, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

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