The DISQUIET Prize

The 2019 DISQUIET Prize is now open for submissions. 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 2019 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will be considered for financial aid.

The complete guidelines for the 2019 contest are as follows:

New deadline for 2019: January 10, 2019

  • Eligibility: Only previously unpublished work in English can be submitted. We accept entries from all ages and countries.
  • 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 by March 2019.
  • 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.