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Amazon seeks Spanish-speaking writers to participate in the Storyteller Literary Award

All people who are dedicated or like to write can participate in the 9th edition of the Amazon Literary Contest for the chance to win more than US$31,000 in a prize that includes cash and promotion so that your story reaches millions of people around the world.

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Applications are for writers in spanish. Amazon made this initiative to “discover and promote new literary talents through the self-publishing service Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

On the jury will be Juan Gómez, author of successful novels that have been translated into 40 languages ​​such as English, French, Portuguese, German or Italian. He started self-publishing his works with KDP before making the leap to stardom and being a sales phenomenon with more than 1 million copies sold.

The winner of the last edition of the contest, Luis A. Santamaría, writer of mystery and suspense novels, will also be members of the jury; and the journalist Nuria Azancot, who has more than thirty years of experience writing about the cultural sector.

The juries will take into account several criteria, among which are: creativity, originality, quality of writing, or commercial viability. The Finalist titles will be announced in September 2022 and the name of the winner will be announced in Novemberas reported by Amazon.

The winner will be awarded a cash prize equivalent to US$101,000 and a marketing campaign valued at almost US$21,000 to promote the work. In addition, you will have the possibility of signing a contract with Amazon Audible to produce your book in audio format. The five finalists will receive a Kindle Oasis and extra visibility on Amazon.

How to take part

Participants must publish their unpublished works in Spanish with a minimum length of 24 pages through KDP before August 31. They must make their books available for sale worldwide, both digitally and in print, and be part of Kindle Direct Publishing Select.

For the application to be valid, the participants must include “literaryprize2022″ as a keyword in the book details. In addition, the works must remain available on KDP throughout the contest.

In last year’s edition more than half of the applications received by Amazon were from Latin American authors. In addition, among the finalists of the contest, Raquel Caspi, from Mexico, and Issac Mariano, from Costa Rica, stood out.

According to Luis A. Santamaría, winner of the 2021 edition, “winning the Amazon Literary Award in 2021 was a dream come true, but even in previous years, in which I was not a finalist, participating was an undoubtedly positive experience. As a self-published author, this award not only helps to make yourself known to new readers, but also marks a fixed calendar to keep in mind when planning the launch of the novel. If you are an independent author, you will want to be among the candidates for this award”.

Andrea Pasino, responsible for Amazon KDP for Spain, France and Italy, pointed out that in 2014 the first edition of the Literary Prize was launched; back then they had 700 candidates and by 2021 they had more than 5 thousand titles from 55 different countries, so this year they hope to break the record and keep helping the authors.


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