Ismael Cala and Amazon announce Third Literary Contest of Independent Authors in...

Ismael Cala and Amazon announce Third Literary Contest of Independent Authors in Spanish

The contest will award the best unpublished works self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing. For further information, please visit


MIAMI and SEATTLE, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Communicator, inspirational author and international lecturer Ismael Cala has been invited for the second consecutive year to serve as ambassador of the Concurso Literario de Autores Independientes en Español, (‘Literary Contest of Independent Authors in Spanish’) for the United States and Latin America.

In announcing the opening of the competition, Amazon stated that authors could enter their own original works, both fiction and non-fiction, from July 1st to August 31st through its Kindle Direct Publishing platform (

“It’s an honor for me to be contest ambassador for the United States and Latin America for the second year in a row, and shows a commitment to promoting literary talent in Spanish,” said Ismael Cala, who thanked Amazon for ” continuing with this event, which constitutes a great opportunity for writers in the region.”

“I hope that many independent authors take part in the contest this year, and see their efforts appreciated,” Cala added.

Through this contest, authors will be able to make their stories available to millions of readers all over the world. The books will be assessed based on criteria such as creativity, originality, commercial viability and quality of writing. Five finalists will be selected, from whom a winner will be chosen and will have the opportunity to be published in print, digital and audio editions by Amazon Publishing and Audible; and also translated into English and published in digital, print and audio formats in English by AmazonCrossing.

“We are very excited to have established an annual contest that connects authors in Spanish with a growing audience of digital readers all over the world. Myriam Millán, winner of the 2015 contest, is originally from Seville, Spain, and has managed to reach first place on the best-seller lists in Spain and Mexico, as well as the list of books in Spanish for the United States,” said Charles Kronbach, director of Kindle Direct Publishing.

Last year, more than 1,200 authors signed up from 37 countries.

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Cala is a regular participant on Univisión’s Despierta América (‘Wake up America’), and writes a weekly column for more than 50 publications in Latin America and the United States.

He is the author of the bestsellers El analfabeto emocional (‘The emotional illiterate’) (2016) Cala y Cruz: Las dos caras de la comunicación (‘Cala and Cruz: the two faces of communication’), (2016), El secreto del bambú (‘The secret of bamboo’) (2015), Un buen hijo de P (‘A real S.O.B.’) (2014), and El poder de escuchar (‘The power of listening’) (2013). Cala was born in Santiago de Cuba (1969) and has a degree in Art History from Universidad de Oriente. He graduated with honors from the School of Communication at York University in Toronto, and holds a degree from Seneca in Television Production.


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Ismael Cala and Amazon announce Third Literary Contest of Independent Authors in Spanish