The 2020 DISQUIET Prize is now closed. Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications. Additionally, one grand prize winner will receive a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the 2020 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will be considered for financial aid.

The complete guidelines for the 2020 contest are as follows:

Extended Deadline for 2020: January 10, 2020

  • Eligibility: Only previously unpublished work in English can be submitted.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.
  • 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.
  • In the Submittable submission form, please include your name and type of submission (short story, novel excerpt, poetry, non fiction, etc.) e.g. Jane Smith – Poetry
  • Include your complete contact information (name, address, telephone, email address) in the Submittable form.
  • Winners will be notified around March, 2020.
  • Previous first place winners may not re-enter in the same genre.
  • As part of your contest submission, we offer two new scholarships: The Denis Johnson “STAGAYA” scholarship and the The Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen Scholarship.
    •  The Denis Johnson “STAGAYA” Scholarship will be awarded to a writer in any genre who has not yet published a book with a national press (micro-pressed and chapbooks are excepted). The winning writer will be someone who embodies his 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. The winning writer will be someone whose promising work embodies her activist spirit.
    • If you wish to be considered for either scholarship and meet the criteria, you will be prompted to apply as part of the contest application form. Simply select the checkbox for the scholarship or scholarships.
    • Finalists will be contacted to provide a brief, 300-word consideration addressing the ways in which they see themselves as representative of the spirit of the scholarship.
    • The winner of each scholarship will receive free tuition for Disquiet 2020 in Lisbon.
    • Application for the scholarship will have no bearing on the status or treatment of your contest submission.

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