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It's taken me a while to pass this information along, but it's worth reading and sharing!
Here's what I like about these contests:
The contest prizes are generous.
The processing fee for fiction is only $2.
There's no processing for nonfiction entries.
So, here's the scoop:
Last year, Dappled Things debuted the J.F. Powers
Prize for Short Fiction. The contest drew about 400 entries, from which a winner and nine honorable mentions were selected by a panel of
This year the magazine is introducing a nonfiction category, the Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction.
Here’s what you need to know if you are interested in making a submission to
are the prize amounts?
For the J. F. Powers Prize for short fiction:
1st place: $500
2nd place: $250
8 honorable mentions: publication in the journal and a one-year subscription.
What is the deadline for the fiction prize?
You can submit your story until November 28, 2014.
Since all nonfiction submissions
will be eligible for the prize (selected from among all the essays published in
Dappled Things during a given
year), then submissions for the prize are accepted year-round. To participate
in the current prize, your piece should appear at the latest in the Mary, Queen
of Angels 2015 edition, which means you would have to make a submission by June
2015. The issues could all be filled before then, however, so don’t delay. The editors publish about two to three essays per issue, and all published essays will be
finalists for the prize. The earlier you submit, the likelier the chances your
essay will appear among a given year’s finalists.
What kind of submissions are you
For the J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction,
please review the submission guidelines. If you
have a story to submit that doesn't fit those guidelines, please consider
making a submission under the general fiction category.
With regards to the Jacques Maritain Prize for
Nonfiction, the editors are not limiting submissions to a particular theme
(this being in keeping with Maritain’s own broad interests), other than what
would fit within the context of a Catholic cultural and literary journal. In
other words, please follow the nonfiction submission guidelines and look at the
nonfiction pieces that appear in previous issues.
When will winners be announced?
Winners of the J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction will be announced in
February 2015. Winners of the Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction will be
announced in December 2015 (with the finalists being announced as each issue is
published, starting with the Christmas 2014 edition).
Is there a reading fee?
However, given the costs imposed on us by the huge number of entries last
the winner will be year, we are instituting a nominal $2 processing feefor the
fiction prize to help us run it as efficiently as possible. Think of it as the
equivalent of paying for postage if submissions were being accepted through the
There will be no processing fee for the nonfiction prize this year.
Further information will be posted on the Contests page as
well as Submittable.