Ten years. Forty issues. One hundred and thirty essays. One hundred and nine short stories. Over five hundred poems. More than three hundred works of visual art. As literary magazines go, Dappled Things is now officially venerable.
A decade ago, as others lamented the death of Catholic literature, we set out to showcase the enduring vitality of the Catholic imagination. I’d say by now we’ve proved our point. More than that, we wanted to create an enduring journal that could nourish and promote new talent to challenge and leaven contemporary culture. In this too, Dappled Things has made great strides. It is a delight for us to see new like-minded presses springing up, and authors we’ve featured winning awards and publishing books (most recently, DT assistant editor Natalie Morrill won the 2015 HarperCollinsPublishers/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction for her forthcoming novel, tentatively titled At the Top of the Wall, Alight). Finally, in starting Dappled Things we wanted to create something beautiful that would give glory to God. We pray that in that, too, we have not been too far off the mark.
Ten years, however, can take their toll. As we look at the future of the journal, it has become clear that in order to continue our work, we have to begin transitioning from an all-volunteer model to one with at least a few paid positions. As much as we love DT, many of the editors now have growing families that place large demands on their time and resources. We are already exploring a partnership with a university that would enable our managing editor to carve out time specifically for DT-related tasks, but we also need to fund part-time positions for our web editor and editor-in-chief within the next two years. The first step towards that goal, which we cannot accomplish without your help, will be to raise $12,000 by year’s end.
You already know who we are and what we do. You know that there is no other Catholic publication like Dappled Things–that if DT is gone, there is no alternative to replace it. Please know also that we absolutely depend on your generosity in order to continue. Can you support us with a gift of $75, $50, $20, or even just $5? Or are you in a position to contribute $1,000, $500, or $250? Donors at this level, without whom we cannot reach our goal, will be recognized in the journal and will receive a signed, limited edition art print of Ann Schmalstieg’s Yet to Bloom.
We have no illusions, Dappled Things will not save the world. But perhaps it is one of those things in the world worth saving. With your help, we can.
Sincerely in Christ,
Bernardo Aparicio García
Founder & President, Dappled Things
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