Open Submissions call: The 2021 DISQUIET Prize

The 2021 DISQUIET Prize is now open for submissions. Please visit:

The 2021 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: fiction in, poetry in The Common, and non-fiction in

If circumstances permit, one grand prize winner will receive a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the 2021 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal.  In the event the 2021 Lisbon program can’t be held due to coronavirus restrictions, genre and grand prize winners can choose to delay the prize trip to a future year or accept a substitute cash prize of $1,000 each.

The complete guidelines for the 2021 contest are as follows:

Deadline: January 15, 2021

  • Eligibility: Only previously unpublished work in English can be submitted. They 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 them 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.)
  • Include your complete contact information (name, address, telephone, email address) in the Submittable form.
  • Winners will be notified around March 2021.
  • Previous first place winners may not re-enter in the same genre.

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

Enquiries about submissions should be directed to DISQUIET International, please always refer to their website for complete details and information.

Please note, this prize is run by DISQUIET International, not Commonwealth Writers.