Amazon Announces the Third Indie Literary Prize for Spanish-Language Authors

The contest will award the best original Spanish-language work among
books by independent authors exclusively through Kindle Direct Publishing

The winning book will have the opportunity to be published globally
in Spanish by Amazon Publishing and Audible, translated into English and
published globally by AmazonCrossing in digital, print and audio formats

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon announced today the third Indie Literary Prize for
Spanish-language authors. Independent authors can submit their
previously unpublished fiction and non-fiction works through Kindle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 Ismael Cala, award-winning
journalist, best-selling author and International speaker to be the
ambassador of the contest for the United States and Latin America for
the second year.

From July 1st to August 31st, authors can upload
their work to Amazon’s KDP platform (http://kdp.amazon.com).
Authors are given full control over the publishing process, from
designing the cover to setting the list price while allowing them to
earn up to 70 percent in royalties and benefitting from access to
promotional tools and participation in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s eBook
subscription service, when enrolling into KDP Select. They can also
order print versions of their books by using CreateSpace (www.createspace.com)
reaching readers in both formats.

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, that will have the opportunity to be published in print, digital
and audio formats by Amazon Publishing and Audible, and translated into
English and published in digital, print and audio formats by
AmazonCrossing, the Amazon Publishing imprint for translated world
literature.

“We are very excited to have established a yearly contest that is
connecting Spanish-language authors with a growing audience of digital
readers across the globe. Myriam Millán, the winner of the 2015 edition,
is from Sevilla, Spain, and was able to reach the top of Kindle’s
best-sellers list for Spain and Mexico, as well as the Spanish-language
list for the US,” says Charles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct
Publishing. “We saw works submitted from more than 1,200 authors in 37
countries in 2015. Just like Myriam, countless independent authors grew
their reader base through their participation in the contest, as
participating titles in the 2015 contest edition were sold in 56
countries. If you write in Spanish, we invite you to participate and
share your work with a global audience through KDP.”

“Winning the competition has changed my life completely. A year ago I
was an unemployed housewife with a manuscript in a drawer I did not know
what to do with,” says Myriam Millán, winner of the Second Indie
Literary Prize for Spanish-Language Authors. “Now I dedicate myself to
writing, I have thousands of readers around the world and a great team
of professionals is prepping La Hija del Dragón for its
publication in English. This competition is the opportunity that every
aspiring writer dreams about.”

“Being ambassador for this contest for the US and Latin America for the
second consecutive year is, for me, an honor and my commitment to the
promotion of literary talent in Spanish,” says Ismael Cala. “I thank
Amazon for continuing this event, which is a great opportunity for
writers in the region. I hope that many independent authors join the
contest this year and are rewarded for their efforts.”

To participate in the contest, independent authors need to upload their
work to Amazon’s KDP platform (http://kdp.amazon.com),
between July 1 and August 31, and include concursoindie2016 in
the “search keywords” metadata field. Submitted titles must be original,
unpublished works, in Spanish and exclusive to Kindle through enrollment
in KDP Select. The complete rules and the terms and conditions for the
contest 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. All the works
taking part in the contest will be available in full in the Kindle Store
and available for free for Kindle Unlimited customers. All Kindle Books
can be read on the Kindle and Fire family of devices, and free Kindle
reading apps for computers, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

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