DISQUIET’s annual contest seeks the best in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The winner in each genre will be published: the fiction winner in Guernica; the nonfiction winner in; and the poetry winner in The Collagist. In addition, a grand prize winner, to be selected by an outside judge, will receive airfare, accommodations, and tuition to the DISQUIET program in Lisbon, Portugal in 2014. Finalists and other entrants deemed to be of the highest quality will be offered partial tuition scholarships.

  • What to submit:  Work of any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) is eligible.
  • Eligibility: Entries must be in English. Entries may not have been previously published.
  • Length: A single entry may include up to twenty pages of prose or ten poems. Prose pages must be double-spaced. Multiple entries must be accompanied by multiple reading fees.
  • Reading fee: $15 USD (Checks made payable to Dzanc Books; if check is drawn in Canadian funds, please use the converter for the proper amount.) Reading fee may be applied to DISQUIET tuition in the event entrant does not win.
  • Deadline: Feb. 15, 2014

How to enter:

Enter online through our submittable account.

Or, enter through regular mail by sending the entry and reading fee to the follow address:

Dzanc Books
610 S Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002


** In the event that a winner is not chosen, all entrants will receive refunds in full on their entry fees. 

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