Ismael Cala and Amazon to publish the best Indie book and award...

Ismael Cala and Amazon to publish the best Indie book and award a $5,000 prize

The registration period for the Literary Contest of Authors in Spanish opens today, and will continue until August 31st. For more information, go to


MIAMI, July 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ismael Cala, ambassador of the Concurso Literario de Autores Independientes en Español (‘Literary Contest of Independent Authors in Spanish’) to the United States and Latin America, reminded people today of the timeframe for sending in written works, from July 1st to August 31st. 

The inspirational author, international lecturer and communicator believes that “the contest is an opportunity for the promotion of new writers” in the region, as its earlier editions have demonstrated.

Authors can register their original unpublished works of fiction and non-fiction, through the Kindle Direct Publishing platform (

“To be the ambassador for this contest to the United States and Latin America, for the second year in a row is an honor for me, and a commitment to the promotion of literary talent in the Spanish language” Cala added, thanking Amazon for “its perseverance with this event.”

Through the competition, authors can make their stories available to millions of readers all over the world.  Books will be assessed in terms of the following criteria: 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. Furthermore, the winner’s work will be translated to 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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Ismael Cala is a communicator, author and international lecturer on issues of personal development and leadership.  For more than five years he was host of the prime time show CALA on CNN en Español.

He is currently considered one of the leading communicators in the Americas and his message of social entrepreneurship, mindfulness and well-being is a touchstone for millions of followers attuned to his books, seminars, workshops and lectures throughout all of Spanish America. Cala has traveled to more than 25 countries and impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with his message. 

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).

He writes a weekly column for more than 50 publications in Latin America and the United States. 


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Ismael Cala and Amazon to publish the best Indie book and award a $5,000 prize