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Puchi Award 2019

Puchi Award 2019

Competitions, Puchi Award

Puchi Award 2019

From 11 October to 31 January 2019

We’re looking for a book. La Casa Encendida and Fulgencio Pimentel are pleased to present the third 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.

The Puchi award will be governed by the following rules:

This competition is open to literary and graphic projects of any kind that stand out by virtue of their premise, literary and graphic quality, originality, unconventionality or mould-shattering conception. 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. The aim of this award is to shine a spotlight on works of the highest quality and originality. Some submissions might be works that are difficult to insert in conventional publishing circuits because of their unclassifiable nature; however, favourable consideration will be given to each project’s viability and suitability with regard to available resources.


All authors of legal age from Spain or any other country are eligible to submit one or more original, unpublished works.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 11 October 2018 at 8.00 pm (GTM+2) and 31 January 2019 at 10.00 pm (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.


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.

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.


  1. 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.
  2. Projects financed by another institution will not be accepted.
  3. Submitted works that do not comply with these requirements will be disqualified by the jury.
  4. By participating in this competition, the authors confirm that they understand and accept these rules.
  5. 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.

More info: puchi@puchiaward.com