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The fourth annual Disquiet: The International Literary Program, sponsored by Dzanc Books, was held from June 29 through July 11 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference offered workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures, craft talks, and literary walks. The faculty included poets Sally Ashton, Erica Dawson, David Lehman and Terri Witek; fiction writers Alissa Nutting, Padgett Powell, Miriam Toews, and Katherine Vaz; and nonfiction writer Josip Novakovich. The 2014 guest writer was fiction writer Denis Johnson. Tuition was $1,950; lodging and meals were not included. The Dzanc Books International Literature Award, valued at $5,000, included full tuition, airfare, and lodging, and was given to one writer in any genre. The top finalist in each genre was also published. The poetry finalist was published in the Collagist, the fiction finalist in Guernica, and the nonfiction finalist in Ninthletter.com. Applicants submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by February 15. Four full scholarships were also available for North American writers of Luso descent. Applicants submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or prose and a personal statement by February 15. There was no application fee. For general conference applications, applicants submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or prose and a refundable $150 tuition deposit. Financial aid was available. Admission was made on a rolling basis. E-mail or visit the website for more information.
Disquiet: The International Literary Program, Dzanc Books, 610 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002.