Amazon Announces Winner of the Second Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-Language

More than 1,200 authors from 37 countries participated using
Kindle Direct Publishing

La Hija del Dragón, by Myriam Millán, from Sevilla,
Spain, will have the opportunity to be published globally in print by La
Esfera de los Libros, in audio by Audible and translated into English
and published globally by AmazonCrossing in digital, print and audio

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Myriam Millán, with her
title La Hija del Dragón—a fast-paced fictional thriller that
captivates the reader with a treacherous plot involving an ancient
cult’s search for eternal life that could be behind modern-day
murders—has won the Second Indie Literary Contest for Spanish-language
authors worldwide. From July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015, more than 1,200
authors from 37 countries entered the contest by uploading their titles
to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform (
The top countries participating were Spain, Mexico, Venezuela and the
U.S. To be eligible for the contest, the stories had to be original,
unpublished works in Spanish, and exclusive to Kindle through enrollment
in KDP Select. After selecting five finalists, submissions were
carefully reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the winning title.

La Hija del Dragón combines the legend of Erzsébet Báthory, a 17th
century Hungarian noble known as “The Blood Countess” alleged to have
tortured and killed hundreds of women, and a fictional modern-day
investigation into brutal crimes in England. It is the result of four
years of research and work by author Myriam Millán, who based her title
on complex documentation to create this stunning thriller.

“When I found out that I had won, I remembered the moments when I seemed
incapable of writing this book, just as it seemed unthinkable that I
would finish it and win the contest,” said Millán. “With La Hija
del Dragón
, I’ve learned that you should never stop fighting for
what you want, because there are times when dreams, as impossible as
they may seem, come true.”

“We’ve been thrilled to see how many Spanish-language authors from
around the world submitted their books for consideration, and we’re
honored to have the opportunity to introduce even more readers to Myriam
Millán by publishing La Hija del Dragón in print and translating
her work into English,” said Charles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct

Ambassador for the contest and best-selling author Ismael Cala said, “We
now have a winner, four finalists and over a thousand authors that have
decided to march and conquer their dreams. I congratulate them all,
because they have shown what they want. This contest promoted by Amazon
has shone a light on the big literary talent of the Spanish-speaking
world and its unlimited possibilities.”

La Hija del Dragón will have the opportunity to be published in
print by La Esfera de los Libros, in audio by Audible and translated
into English and published in digital, print and audio formats by
AmazonCrossing, the Amazon Publishing imprint for world literature in
translation. Complete information on the contest, participating titles
and terms and conditions can be found at:

“Literary creativity is an indispensable part of our cultural heritage,”
said Ymelda Navajo, Director at La Esfera de Los Libros. “Thanks to
initiatives like this we discover new talent that, from now on, we will
help reach thousands of readers worldwide.”

KDP is a free and seamless way for writers and publishers to make their
eBooks available to Kindle readers around the world and each week on
average, about 45 titles of the top 100 Spanish-language eBooks sold
globally on Amazon are published via KDP. All novels entered in the
contest are available in full in the Kindle Store and can be read on the
Kindle and Fire family of devices, on the free Kindle reading app for
iOS, Android and more, or on any web browser compatible with Kindle
Cloud Reader.

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About Ismael Cala

A celebrated figure in the Latin community, Ismael Cala is a journalist,
author and motivational speaker who is the face of one of the top-rated
shows in Latin programming. CALA on CNN en Español is an intimate
program in which Cala invites domestic and international viewers to be
part of his conversations with politicians, authors, philosophers,
artists, celebrities, and other notable international figures. He is the
author of the best-selling titles El poder de escuchar and Un buen hijo
de P. For more information, visit

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