The DISQUIET Prize

The 2022 DISQUIET Prize is now open for submissions in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Contest winners in each category will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications: fiction in Granta.com, poetry in The Common, and non-fiction in NinthLetter.com.

One grand prize winner will receive a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the 2022 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Genre winners will receive a $500 cash prize in addition to publication.**

The complete guidelines for the 2022 contest are as follows:

Deadline: January 24, 2022

    • Eligibility: Only previously unpublished work in English can be submitted. We accept entries from all ages 18 and over and all countries, by authors who have not yet published more than one book with a major publisher.
    • Entries should be the work of a single author.
    • All entries should be in a standard typeface and 12pt font and in .pdf, .doc or .odt format.
    • For fiction: ONE short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry.
    • For non-fiction: ONE piece of non-fiction, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry.
    • For poetry: No more than SIX poems per entry, up to 10 pages total.
    • Entrants may submit to any or all categories more than once; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own entry fee.
    • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
    • Please indicate the type of submission (short story, novel excerpt, poetry, non- fiction, etc.) in the submission form
    • Include your complete contact information (name, address, telephone, email address) in the Submittable form.
    • Winners will be notified in March 2022.
  • Previous first place winners may not re-enter in the same genre.

Visit our Submittable page to enter and pay the fee via Paypal. A $15 US reading fee must accompany each entry.

*We regret that due to the special circumstances of this year we are unable to guarantee a place in our 2022 program to more than one winner. If we are able to do so, we will offer a place to our genre winners in addition to the publication and cash prize.

Questions? Contact info@disquietinternational.org