Scholarship Contest for Luso Writers

The Luso-American scholarship contest is now open for the fourth annual DISQUIET: Dzanc Books International Literary Program held in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 29 to July 11, 2014.

Katherine Vaz, author of Saudade, Mariana, Fado and Other Stories, and Our Lady of the Artichokes.

Katherine Vaz, author of Saudade, Mariana, Fado and Other Stories, and Our Lady of the Artichokes.

Study writing with acclaimed Portuguese-American novelist Katherine Vaz and meet a diverse community of  writers of Lusophone-country descent while discovering the cultural heritage of Lisbon. “Writing the Luso Experience” is a one-of-a-kind workshop made up of creative writers of Luso descent held alongside other workshops attended by international writers and editors of all backgrounds. Four full scholarships—including airfare, tuition, and lodging—will be awarded to North American writers of Luso descent. Runners up will be offered partial tuition scholarships. There is no reading fee, and past applicants are strongly encouraged to reapply. Don’t miss this unique opportunity: submit your free application through the DISQUIET website or by mail by February 15, 2014. For more information, contact

The inaugural “Writing the Luso Experience,” taught by Frank X. Gaspar in 2011, led to the creation of Presence/Presença, a movement to address the relative absence of diverse Luso voices in American letters, and the first ever community for North American writers of Luso descent. Read more about alumni projects and accomplishments here, and join our active Facebook group here.

Full scholarship contest announcement:

Full Announcement: 

DISQUIET – The International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal

Dzanc Books’ DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal is now accepting applications for its 2014 summer session, to take place June 29 – July 11, 2014. The two-week program, now in its fourth year, brings together Portuguese and North American writers in one of Europe’s most entrancing capitals.
DISQUIET offers workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and a special multi-genre workshop for North American writers of Luso descent. In addition there are craft talks, readings, literary walks, and excursions in the company of some of the most interesting contemporary North American and Portuguese writers working today. Faculty and guests include Sally Ashton, Dan Bern, Erica Dawson, Denis Johnson, David Lehman, Alissa Nutting, Josip Novakovich, José Luís Peixoto, Jacinto Lucas Pires, Padgett Powell, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Katherine Vaz, Terri Witek, Richard Zenith, and editors from Dzanc Books, Guernica, and Absinthe.
Full and partial scholarships for North American writers of Portuguese or Lusophone-country descent are available through a partnership with the Luso-American Development Foundation. To be eligible for the scholarships, entrants must be residents of the United States or Canada and have a genealogical link to a Lusophone country. Scholarship winners will have the opportunity to take Portuguese-American writer Katherine Vaz’s workshop “Writing the Luso Experience.” Four winners will be chosen by an independent panel of American and Portuguese writers and scholars. There is no reading fee to apply.
One full scholarship is also available for the winner of the multi-genre DISQUIET Literary Prize. Runners-up will be offered partial scholarships. The contest is open to writers of all backgrounds.
The program partners with and is supported by the Centro Nacional de Cultura, the Luso-American Development Foundation, Instituto Camões, University of Lisbon, the Lisbon Consortium, BPI, and NOVA the New University.
The deadline for the contest and scholarships is February 15, 2014. For more information, please visit or contact
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