Amazon Announces Winner of Fourth Annual Literary Award for Independent Spanish-Language Authors

El Coleccionista de flechas by Argentine author Cristian Perfumo, will
get the chance to be published globally in Spanish by Amazon Publishing
in digital, print and audio formats, and translated into English and
published globally by AmazonCrossing

Winning entry selected from more than 1,800 works of fiction
and non-fiction submitted from 39 countries using Amazon’s
self-publishing service Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ:AMZN) — Amazon today announced that Argentine author
Cristian Perfumo has won its Fourth Annual Literary Award for
independent Spanish-language authors with his thriller El
Coleccionista de flechas
. The winning entry was selected from more
than 1,800 submissions from 39 countries that were self-published
through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) between July 1 and August 31.

Perfumo was one of five finalists whose books were reviewed by a panel
of celebrity judges that included best-selling author and coach Ismael
Cala, popular Latin American author Blanca Miosi, and Jordi Sierra i
Fabra, a best-selling author from Spain.

To be eligible, stories had to be original works written in Spanish,
published only through KDP in both digital and print formats, and
available exclusively to Kindle through enrollment in KDP Select. The
countries with the highest number of participating authors were (in
order) Spain, Mexico, Argentina, the United States, and Colombia.

“When I hung up the phone, I hugged my wife and found myself overcome
with happiness,” Perfumo said after learning his book had been
selected to receive the award. “It was then that I realized the true
meaning of winning Amazon’s Literary Award: a lot of new readers were
about to transport themselves to my homeland, Patagonia (Argentina),
through my stories. A beautiful dream come true.”

One of the judges, Sierra i Fabra, described El Coleccionista de
as “a classic police thriller that presents Patagonia and
its people with precision, kindling readers’ interest. The plot is
well-threaded, excellently crafted, with solid characters. It also has a
coherent and precise ending as well.”

As the winning entry, El Coleccionista de flechas will get the
chance to be published globally in Spanish by Amazon Publishing in
digital, print and audio formats, and translated into English and
published globally by AmazonCrossing. Perfumo also will receive a cash
prize of $5,000 USD.

Charles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing, explained that
self-publishing with KDP gives authors more choices than ever about how
to bring their writing to readers.

“This award recognizes the fact that there are many incredibly talented
writers out there who have stories to tell and readers eager to access
their work,” Kronbach said. “We’re proud to help bring these authors and
readers together.”

All books entered in the contest are available at the Kindle Store and
can be read 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. Kindle Unlimited subscribers also can read many of the books
with no additional cost. The full catalog of 2017 Literary Award
submissions, as well as this year’s finalists, are available online at
Previous winners of the award include Ningún escocés verdadero (2016)
by Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana, La hija del dragón (2015) by
Myriam Millán, and La mirada de piedra (2014) by Jorge Magano.

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