DISQUIET International Literary Program

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Lisbon, Portugal
Event Date: 
June 21, 2020
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
January 3, 2020
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The 2020 DISQUIET International Literary Program, sponsored by Dzanc Books and Centro Nacional de Cultura, will be held from June 21 to July 3 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures, craft talks, and literary walks. The faculty includes poets Shayla Lawson and Terri Witek, fiction writers Tayari Jones and Maaza Mengiste, nonfiction writer T Kira Madden, and editors from the Common and Granta. Tuition is $1,950; transportation, lodging, and meals are not included. Lodging is available for discounted rates at area hotels and hostels. The annual DISQUIET Prize, which includes full tuition, airfare, and lodging, will be given to one poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer; submit up to six poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 25 pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by January 3. Four full scholarships, including tuition, lodging, and airfare, are also available for North American writers of Luso descent; submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose and a personal statement by January 3. There is no application fee. For general conference applications, submit three poems or up to 10 pages of prose and a refundable $150 tuition deposit. Financial aid is available. Admissions are made on a rolling basis. Visit the website for more information. 

Accessibility accommodations include reserved seating at events and text copies of talks upon request.

Contact Information

Disquiet International Literary Program, Dzanc Books, 610 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002.