Luso-American Fellowships

The Luso-American Fellowship competition is now closed for 2024. See below for guidelines.

A collaboration between Dzanc Books and the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) has made possible four full fellowships for writers of Luso descent from North America to attend DISQUIET in Lisbon during the summer program. To be eligible for the fellowship, entrants must be 18 or older by the month in which the program starts (June 2024), and residents of the United States or Canada who have a genealogical link to a Lusophone country.

The four winners will receive airfare stipend, accommodations, and full tuition to the DISQUIET Program in Lisbon and a place in our multi-genre workshop “Writing the Luso Experience” with other writers from Portugal and North America.** Runners-up will be offered partial tuition scholarships.

  • What to submit: 1) A 250-word statement about your background and what the fellowship would mean to you. 2) A maximum ten page, double-spaced writing sample in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction). Entries should be in English.
  • Reading fee: None.
  • Deadline: Postmark or electronic mail date stamp of January 12
  • Judging: a panel of writers and scholars in the field of Portuguese Literature and Culture will judge the applications on the basis of merit.

How to enter:

Enter online through our Submittable account (opens in September).

Or, enter through postal mail by sending the entry to the following address:

Dzanc Books
610 S Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002


** This prize is contingent on funding allotments from FLAD and, while unlikely, it is possible that the number or the amount of individual awards may be reduced. In this eventuality winners will be notified in advance.