Contests / Scholarships

The SLS-DISQUIET Literary Contest

DISQUIET is proud to announce the SLS-DISQUIET Literary Contest in collaboration with Summer Literary Seminars! In addition to prizes sponsored by Guernica, Fence Magazine, Ninth Letter, and the esteemed Graywolf Press, winners of this year’s contest will be offered tuition, airfare, and accommodations to attend DISQUIET in 2015.

Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and non fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications. Additionally, they will win a full fellowship (airfare, tuition, and housing included) to the 2015 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. (Note that prizes and fellowships cannot be applied to the 4-day SLS MTL workshop.)

The winner of the Graywolf Prize for the best novel excerpt of an emerging writer (you must have published no more than two novels) will receive full tuition for the 2015 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal, as well as publication on the Graywolf website. (All qualifying entries automatically considered, please note that you have published two or less novels in the body of your email.)

The winner of the Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Poetry will receive free tuition for the 2015 SLS Residencies program in Lithuania, as well as publication online. Full details here.

The winner of the Sutzkever Prize will receive free tuition for the 2015 SLS Residencies program in Lithuania, as well as publication online. Full details here.

Deadline: February 17, 2015. Reading fee: $17

Read the full contest guidelines for the SLS-DISQUIET Literary Contest.

The DISQUIET Lisbon Short Play Contest

for plays of 10-15 minutes. The winner will receive a full scholarship to participate in a playwriting workshop at the DISQUIET International Literary Program and have a staged reading of their play performed. Finalists and runners up will be offered partial tuition scholarships to the 2015 Program.

Deadline: March 7, 2015. Reading fee: $15

Read the contest guidelines for the DISQUIET Lisbon Short Play Contest or apply at Submittable

Luso-American Scholarships

Through a partnership with the Luso-American Development Foundation, the program also offers full and partial scholarships–including airfare, tuition and lodging–to North American writers of Luso descent. Four winners will be chosen by an independent panel of American and Portuguese writers and scholars.

Deadline: February 15, 2014. There is no reading fee to apply.

Read the scholarship guidelines or apply at Submittable.




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