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Modifications to the awarding of the 'Los Cerros de Ubeda Award' for the best historical novel published

The Historical Novel Contest announced some changes to the process for awarding the "Los Cerros de Ubeda" Prize.

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Modifications to the awarding of the 'Los Cerros de Ubeda Award' for the best historical novel published

The Historical Novel Contest announced some changes to the process for awarding the "Los Cerros de Ubeda" Prize. This prize is given in all editions to the best Spanish work published in the preceding year. The call for entries was open to all publishers. They could submit up to three novels published in their company, but only until the 2020 edition. After evaluating them all, the reading commission selected three finalists to be considered by the jury of writers who determined the winner.

After six years of this format, it was decided to change. The organizing committee had been verifying that novels presented by publishers didn't necessarily meet the criteria for being the most valued by readers but that certain titles responded better to others. It was either because of commercial or opportunity, and the real hit novels within the genre are no longer in contention.

This has resulted in the complete overhaul of the system to choose the 2022 best-selling historical novel. There have been more than a dozen selections for the ten best novels in the year, all of which were published by different media. The lists are sorted by the number of times they appear on at least two lists. The group of works competing for the Los Cerros de Ubeda award is then created. This group will be sent to the reading committee for review and decision.

This means that the shortlisted historical novel with the highest value will be chosen to win. It will be handled by a 42-member reading commission, some of them from Latin America and Spain.

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