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The Dzanc Books/Guernica International Literature Award considers work of any genre on international themes that “broaden the landscape of North American literature outside of the borders of North America.” The winner will receive, in addition to publication in Guernica, a full scholarship to DISQUIET 2013, a two-week international cultural and writing program taking place in Lisbon, Portugal from June 30-July 12. Finalists and selected entrants will receive partial scholarships.

The DISQUIET program includes workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as literary and cultural events including readings from North American and Portuguese writers. “The whole reason for the program,” says director Jeff Parker, “is to give people the opportunity to experience Lisbon with an intensity and an access and an insight that would be otherwise impossible.” This year’s guest writers include Guernica friend, guest fiction editor, and contributor Sam Lipsyte, and visiting instructors include Adam Levin, John Frey, Robert Olmstead, and others.

Applicants may submit a single prose piece of no more than thirty double-spaced pages or up to three poems. The entry fee is $15. Submissions can be uploaded with the ILP International Literature Award form at

North American writers of Luso descent—whether Portuguese, Brazilian, Angolan, Goan, or from anywhere else in the Lusophone world—are also encouraged to submit for the Luso-American Scholarship Contest. This contest, a collaboration between Dzanc Books and the Luso-American Development Foundation, provides four full scholarships. There is a $20 entry fee.

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