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Headline news launches its International Book Day Contest

If you have written a novel, a compilation of receipes, an essay, a compilation of stories, and you dream of seeing your work published then this is your chance. Have you thought of displaying your work virtually? At we want to help you.

We talk daily about the digital gap, a concept that is used so much that it slowly has been taking on a greater significance. You must keep in mind that by gap we do not only refer to the difference in accessing New Technologies, nor to the knowledge regarding the way these work, but gap also refers to how differently we understand the importance and the role that the communication and information technologies, ICTplay in our lives.

At we believe that the internet should not just be a space for the email reader or pages of disposable information. The Internet can be a window to culture and in that way, a way to shorten the distance between the under developed countries and the first world.

For this reason, every year, when the celebration of international book day is getting near, Catalunya's Sant Jordi  (Saint George), our organization announces their book competition. If you have a book and it is of your authorship, politically correct, and not offensive, we would like to put it on our webpage so that it may be accessible to all those who surf the internet. counts on the good faith of the participants and does not take any responsibility for the content of the works presented by those who sign as the author. Send us your book to

The last year's experience gave to the authors at least  1000 clicks of readers interested, maybe, for first time, in their works.

···Competition rules:

a) Anybody tno matter the nationality, that has a literary work, be it a novel, story, essay, poetry, cookbook, quotes, etc. may participate.

b) There are no restrictions regarding the subject matter or events discussed. Those will depend on the judgment and interests of the participant. You only need to guarantee that it is of your authorship, politically correct, and that it is not offensive. does not assume responsibility for the accuracy of the data: the authors that enter texts into the competition will be the only ones responsible for the authenticity and originality of their works.

c) The books must be sent to at the e mail along with an attached file that contains:

- complete name of the author and his/her origin
- summary of the book, maximum 3 lines (150 characters)
- an image illustrating the book’s theme (recommended JPG 72 dpi)
- contact telephone number and address
- Authorization to publish: the following sentence should be sent to us:

I (name and DNI or passport number) authorize the Foundation to publish my work (name and genre of the text, anecdote, novel essay, etc.) on the internet portal so that it can be downloaded at will and free of charge by internet users as many times as they wish and for whatever reasons they want.

The exchange of data will be done over a secure server and works presented without the author’s information may be discarded by

d) The book that is downloaded the most times will be the winner of the contest. Fraudulent use of the downloading system will be penalized and has the right to disqualify any and all participants that are detected of irregularities.

e) The participating books will start to be published on the webpage on April 1, 2008.

f) Out of all the books, the most downloaded will be chosen and will be awarded with the Saint George 2008 Prize which consists of the publication of five (5) copies of the work. If you want to know more about copy right read in creative commons.


The contest will begin on February 8, 2008 and will end on April 23, 2008.
The dates that will govern the evolution of the contest are the following:

1. - Official announcement of the works in the media, workshops, community centers and on our webpage: February 8th

2. - Start receiving works: February 15th

3. - Deadline for turning in works: Friday, March 14th

4. - Start Publishing the Books. A news brief is published on’s webpage and voting begins: April 1st

7. - Voting ends: April 22nd

8. - Awarding of Prizes, the news will be published as well as a press release will be sent out with the name of the winner: April 23rd


Just by participating in this contest implies that you fully accept the present conditions.

For the purposes of that stipulated in the Organic Law 15/1999, from December 13th, for the Protection of Personal Information Data, we inform you that the information you give us by participating in the present contest will be incorporated into a personal automated data file created by and under the responsibility of, located at calle Cucurulla 9, 2º 2ª, in Barcelona, with the only aim of being able to process his/her participation and, if need be, to send the prize to the winners.

We inform you that you can exercise your rights to access, modification, cancellation and opposition of your information through a written petition addressed to

Also, by accepting the present Legal Conditions, you expressly authorize to use your name in all activities related to the Prizes (television, newspaper, Internet, radio) for publication and/or informative purposes, without the right to payment for or compensation of any kind.

The present general conditions will be interpreted according to Spanish Law. For all of that relating to the interpretation, compliance and execution of the present conditions, and the participants, expressly waiving the jurisdiction or privilege that may correspond to the same, will be formally under the jurisdiction and competence of the Courts and Tribunals of Barcelona.

The legend and tradition of Saint George

According to popular legend, Saint George was a roman soldier born in the III century in Cappadocia (Turkey). The Saint, who served under the emperor Diocletian’s rule, refused to execute an edict from the emperor ordering him to persecute the Christians throughout the entire roman empire territory. This was the reason he was tortured and decapitated by his peers. Shortly there alter they had begun to worship him as a Saint in the oriental part of the empire and then fantastic stories linked to his image appeared immediately there after.

The adventures of Saint George and the Dragon became popular throughout all of Europe towards the IX century and was gathered by the archbishop of Genoa, Iacopo da Varazze, in his book 'Legenda sanctorum' (Latin for ‘Saints’ Readings’ or the ‘Golden Legend’). In this version, however, the action took place in Libya.

The most popular legend in Catalonia regarding Saint George explains that there was a terrible dragon that lived on Mont blanc (Conca de Barberà) and it would wreck havoc amongst all the people and livestock. To appease him, one person a day was chosen by a draw and sacrificed to the monster. One day the lot fell on the king’s daughter, who would have died had it not been for the appearance of a handsome knight in armor who confronted the dragon and killed him. This same legend, with slight variations, is repeated in the popular traditions of England, Portugal and Greece, amongst other countries.

At first, Saint George was a figure linked to the world of knights and knightly love, which might explain the tradition of giving a rose to someone the day of the saint’s festivities. Some versions link this custom to the Lovers Fair which was celebrated in Barcelona around the XV century. What I am certain of is that during that era, they already gave out roses to the women on Saint George’s day and they would attend mass held in Saint George’s chapel at the Palau de la Generalitat (government headquarters).

Book Day is rather recent. According to some sources, the first time it was celebrated was on October 7, 1926 to commemorate the birth of Miguel de Cervantes. The writer Vicent Clavel Andrés thought up the idea and proposed it to la Cámara Oficial del Libro de Barcelona (The official Association of book publishers and booksellers of Barcelona). Not long after, in 1930, the date was changed to April 23rd, the day Cervantes and other universal writers like William Shakespeare and Garcilaso de la Vega died. On this day other renowned writers such as Josep Pla, Maurice Druon, K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov or Manuel Mejía Vallejo either were born or died. On November 15, 1995, at a general conference that was held in Paris, the festivities of April 23rd dedicated to literature was declared by UNESCO the World Book and Copyright Day.

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Translation by Heather Dawson
on 12/02/2008
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