Contests / Fellowships

The DISQUIET Literary Prize

Submissions are now closed  for the DISQUIET Prize for writing in any genre, by a writer who has not yet published more than one book. Results are expected in early March. Three winners will be published in (fiction), (non-fiction) or The Common (poetry).

One grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship, accommodations, and travel stipend to attend the tenth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon taking place June 21 – July 3, 2020. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants may also be considered for financial aid.

Read the contest guidelines or enter at Submittable.

Extended deadline: January 10, 2020. Reading fee: $15

The Denis Johnson STAGAYA & Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen Scholarships

As part of your DISQUIET Literary Prize contest submission, you may also wish to be considered for one, or both, of our new scholarships. The application form will give you a checkbox option to apply.

The Denis Johnson “STAGAYA” scholarship is for writers who have not yet published a book with a national press (micro-presses and chapbooks are excepted). The winning writer will be someone who embodies an unconventional and uncompromising spirit.

The Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen Scholarship is for a female-identifying writer whose work engages with themes of justice, equality, or resistance.  Winners will receive free tuition for the 2020 program in Lisbon. The scholarship is run in addition to the main DISQUIET Literary Prize and the decision to enter or not will have no effect on your contest entry.

Enter through Submittable as part of the DISQUIET Literary Prize.


Luso-American Fellowships

Through a partnership with the Luso-American Development Foundation, the program also offers full and partial fellowships–including airfare stipend, 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 to attend the multi-genre Writing the Luso Experience workshop in Lisbon. Runners-up and other outstanding applicants will be considered for financial aid.

Extended deadline: January 10, 2020. There is no reading fee.

Read the fellowship guidelines or enter at Submittable.