FAQ

Q:

What happens between the end of the submission period and the jury’s decision?

A:

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) will start working in the book itself with October of this same year as deadline for the publication.

Q:

Submission period is really short, isn’t it?

A:

Yes, it is. In this first calling the submission period just extends up to March the 7th. In following editions the submission period will be longer, because Puchi will be called out in October, just at the same time as the previous year award is announced and the book is published.

Q:

Should the work be finished in order to send it to Puchi? Could it be just halfway? Could it be just a rough idea?

A:

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).

Q:

To what kind of genres is the competition aimed to?

A:

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.

Q:

What kind of attributes will the jury be considering in order to choose for the winner?

A:

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.

Q:

My project is not written in English, so why am I required to send at least two pages in English?

A:

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.