Amazon Announces the 4th Literary Award for Spanish-Language Independent Authors

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–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today 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can submit their previously unpublished works through Amazon’s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+%28KDP%29&index=1&md5=5c05e955db37b3f4752cab4ab130a010″ rel=”nofollow”>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 (
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original, unpublished works written in Spanish.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:

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

“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

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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