We’re looking for a book.
La Casa Encendida, the Fulgencio Pimentel publishing house are pleased to present the first Puchi Award.
The competition is open to books in any genre or form: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novels, comics, illustrated albums, essays, cookbooks, geography books, combinations of the above or any other type imaginable. We’re looking for one-of-a-kind book—or even a whole new kind of book.
All authors of legal age from Spain or any other country are eligible to submit one or more original, unpublished works.
Projects may be submitted between 25 October 2017 and 25 January 2017 at 22.00 h (GTM+1), both dates included. Submissions sent before or after this period will not be accepted.
The winner will receive a cash prize of €8,000 (VAT and all other taxes included, as an advance on the rights of the published work) and have his/her work published and distributed by Fulgencio Pimentel.
The award recipient will grant the publishers exclusive worldwide rights to the winning work, including all reproduction, distribution, public communication and transformation rights, for a period of 10 years.
Reception of the prize money is contingent on the completion and publication of the winning work. If the award recipient fails to deliver the finished project by the date(s) agreed upon by both parties, the organisers may demand reimbursement of the total prize amount.
The winner will be entitled to receive 25 copies of his/ her work.
The publishers may exercise their rights to the winning work for themselves or sign any exclusive or non-exclusive agreements with third parties deemed necessary to facilitate the exercise and application of those rights and in various forms in other countries.
The author will not be entitled to any sums other than that received as a cash prize, which for contractual purposes will be treated as an advance until the amount has been settled in full.
Contestants may submit works-in-progress or finished works that have never been published, at least not with an ISBN and/or for commercial distribution. Projects must be accompanied by either the pseudonym or real name of the author (or authors, in the case of collaborative works).
Each author or co-author of the project must submit:
- A completed entry form
- A curriculum vitae (one for each author)
- National ID, foreign resident ID or passport
- Brief summary of the work and statement of motivation (max. 2,000 characters with spaces)
- List of production requirements, if any (max. 1,000 characters with spaces)
- Finished work or excerpt in the case of works-in-progress
Works may be written in any language, although a provisional translation into English of at least two pages must also be submitted. The entry form, curriculum vitae, summary and statement of motivation, and production requirements must all be submitted in English.
Materials may be uploaded to the website in the following formats:
- PDF up to 15 MB
- Images: JPG up to 10 MB; images must measure 900 x 540 (w x h), with one side equal to and the other side equal to or less than the stipulated measurements for width and height, according to the proportions of the original image (maximum of 15 images)
Previous works may also be shown, following the guidelines provided on the website.
Submitted works that do not comply with these requirements will be disqualified by the jury.
Fulgencio Pimentel and La Casa Encendida will appoint a preliminary review panel, which will read the submissions and shortlist 10 works to be considered by a jury of renowned judges. The number of shortlisted works may be increased if the review panel deems it appropriate in light of the quality of the works submitted.
The jury will consist of two prominent personalities from the world of publishing and the arts, one representative of La Casa Encendida and one representative of the Fulgencio Pimentel publishing house.
The jury’s decision will be final, and the competition may be declared void. There will be no runners-up prizes, and the names of shortlisted authors will not be disclosed. Only the sealed envelope with the name of the winning work will be opened.
All documentation submitted to this contest, except that of the winner, will be destroyed, and there will be no correspondence with authors competing for the award. Participation in the Puchi Award implies full acceptance of the award rules.
- The authors are responsible for registering submitted works with the Intellectual Property Register (Patent Office) and for the potential consequences of failing to do so from the moment a work is submitted to the competition.
- Projects financed by another institution will not be accepted.
- Submitted works that do not comply with these requirements will be disqualified by the jury.
- By participating in this competition, the authors confirm that they understand and accept these rules.
- When the project is finished and made public, the
author/s must indicate that it was made possible thanks to
the support of the two participating organisations:
- La Casa Encendida
- Fulgencio Pimentel
All documentation submitted to this competition will be kept confidential, in compliance with the stipulations of Organic Law 15/1999 of 13 December, which regulates the protection of personal date, with regard to all data provided that falls within the scope of said law.
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Well, first of all there is a deliberation period in which we will contact some of the shortlisted artists to know about any possible detail regarding the project. Around a month later the winner, and only the winner, will be contacted again and both the artist (content) and ourselves (edition).
The only requirement is that the work should be completed, edited and printed by the date outlined by the general conditions. It can be an unfinished work just in need of a few months of work by the artist and a simple edition. Or just the opposite, it can be a finished work (or almost finished) really hard to edit (i.e. a complex, long or hard translation). In the case of a finalist project needing longer working time by the artists and/or the editor and the publication deadline seems jeopardized, the project will be considered as a finalist for the next edition of Puchi, if the artist(s) agree(s).
A book can contain everything and anything, and that is precisely what this contest wants: fiction and non-fiction, essays, informative literature, poetry, illustration, comics, cookbooks, geography books, combinations of the above or any other type of work. We are looking for a one of a kind book, even a book that is a whole new genre on its own.
The main aim of this award is to give visibility to great quality and innovating works that stand out because of their main idea, humour, humanity or artistic level in general. The background of La Casa Encendida as a cultural institution and Fulgencio Pimentel as a publisher should be good hints, but the rest of the members of the jury will vary in each edition and the resulting criteria of the jury as a whole will prevail.
Although it is held by a Spanish institution and a Spanish publisher, Puchi is an international contest and you can send your project in any of the languages of the world, or even in Klingon or Elvish if you think that your work asks for it. Given that the members of the jury are very unlikely to know all of the languages of the world, we had two options: ask for everyone not writing in Spanish to submit their works in English —maybe not their first language— or ask for a small sample in English to have at least a rough idea. It’s not a big effort, and it is just fair that this is asked to anyone applying. On the other hand, and given again that this is an international contest, the jury could be not always Spanish speaking, so some English pages would be needed anyhow. Probably this is not the perfect solution, but is close enough.